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12. Oklahoma (15-3)

The Sooners received plenty of attention for their performance to begin the season, winning their first 10 games before a tough outing against North Carolina. They’ve shown a lot in Porter Moser’s third season in Norman, even after a few tough outings on the road in Big 12 play last week. They entered this week hoping to prove that hot start was no fluke and they’ve certainly done that.

The Sooners played what will be one of their easier conference games, winning 77-63 at home against West Virginia. They used a strong second half and got 16 points from Jalon Moore and a double-double from Otega Oweh. The weekend proved even more rewarding, as Oklahoma got their first road win of the year, topping Cincinnati 69-65. Javion McCollum scored 16 points, Oweh added 14, and the Sooners did just enough to get a rare road win in this competitive league.

The vibes are good this week at Oklahoma and it’s hard to be disappointed by what they’ve accomplished to this point. The pieces on this roster are starting to gel. The Sooners won’t shock you with their shooting or play shutdown defense, but do good enough on both ends to get the job done. That job continues next week from their home confines, as they welcome Texas and Texas Tech to town while hoping to hit their own stride.