On Monday, the Oklahoma Sooners (11-4, 6-3 Big XII) vaulted toward the top in the AP Poll. Currently riding a 5-game win streak, the program checked in at No. 9 nationally.
As noted above, the fifteen spot move is the largest in school history. But, it’s also warranted as evidenced by the brutal schedule that was the month of January.
In the past week alone, the Sooners traveled to Austin hoping to topple the Texas Longhorns, the No. 5 team in the country at that point. Without fans in the stands, Oklahoma weathered the storm late in the game before stealing a 1-point victory.
Following the performance, Oklahoma then began preparations for possibly the hottest offense in college basketball and the No. 9 Alabama Crimson Tide. Just before tipoff, it was announced that two starters would miss due to COVID-19 protocols forcing Lon Kruger to utilize other options. Still, the Sooners prevailed against all odds.
The challenge does not get any easier though moving forward as OU once again squares off with another ranked program in No. 13 Texas Tech.