The last time that Oklahoma was on the court, they beat the No. 11 Iowa State Cyclones 79-66 behind a raucous crowd in the Lloyd Noble Center. Four days prior, the Sooners were pushing the Baylor Bears to the brink, down just 77-72 going into the final minute of the game.
The Sooners are 12-3 (2-1) and have wins over then-ranked No. 12 Arkansas, No. 14 Florida, and No. 11 Iowa State. Their losses are to Utah State, Butler in OT, and No. 1 Baylor. I could get behind them being left out for the early losses if it weren’t for the teams ranked ahead of them having equally bad losses or worse even.
Providence, for example, has two losses on the year by a combined 50 points. Yes, five-zero. Six days ago, the Friars lost to Marquette 88-56, and back in November, they dropped a game to Virginia 58-40. Neither of those teams was ranked, nor are they ranked in today’s poll.
How about Alabama, who has four L’s on the schedule, including losses to Iona, Davidson, Missouri, and a 14-point loss to Memphis back in December.
Illinois, who was unranked last week, got the nod at 25, but has three lenses on the schedule, including a 20-point loss to an unranked Cincinnati team.
All I am getting at is if you are going to penalize Oklahoma for losses, at least hold the teams around them to the same standard. How many wins over ranked opponents does Illinois have? Zero. Oklahoma has three. Porter Moser has the Sooners playing strong defense and shooting 51.16% from the floor, which is good for third nationally. His squad is almost exclusively made up of transfers or incoming players, yet they continue to exceed expectations on the court.
It’s time to rank Oklahoma, you cowards.