Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: UConn, North Carolina, Wisconsin rise in latest top 25 power rankings

Many NCAA Basketball programs lost in the past week, leaving teams such as UConn, North Carolina, and even Wisconsin, a chance to rise up the top-25 power rankings.

Purdue v Nebraska
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17. Oklahoma (13-3)

Oklahoma got off to a brilliant start this season after entering it with low expectations. People outside of Norman didn’t expect much from these Sooners but its clear that Porter Moser knew his roster had talent. Winning their first 10 games was awesome, though reality might set in now that Big 12 play has gotten going.

It was a rough week for the Sooners, beginning with an 80-71 loss at TCU on Wednesday night. Javian McCollum led the Sooners with 17 points while John Hugley IV added 14 off the bench. Hostile road games are a part of life in the Big 12 and it was no easier this weekend, with Oklahoma falling 78-66 at Kansas. It was another 17-point effort for McCollum, but the Sooners fell back after a tight first half, losing a second straight game.

There’s no shame in those losses; the Big 12 is going to be rough for everyone with these road environments. It’s looking like the Sooners were underrated before the season but potentially overrated based on their nonconference slate. We can still expect some nice performances in the weeks ahead, though we’ll see how they bounce back with West Virginia and Cincinnati next week.