Big 12 Breakdown: Oklahoma Sooners
Lon Kruger has got this Oklahoma Sooners team back into prominence again this year. The Sooners have been tearing it up in the Big 12 so far this season. Their only hiccup in the Big 12 so far was against Kansas State in Manhattan which they only lost by 9. On Monday night the Sooners sent their arch rival, Texas, back to Austin with a 0-5 record in conference play. These Sooners look like a team who can make a push for number one in the Big 12. We will really see what this team is made up of when it visits Allen Fieldhouse to play the Kansas Jayhawks this Saturday.
The Sooners are a well rounded team on both sides of the ball. Their non-conference schedule wasn’t the greatest or strongest by playing teams like Oral Roberts, Ohio, Texas A&M CC and Stephen F. Austin. Their biggest lost was in the hands of Gonzaga who whipped them badly on the boards and were more aggressive on the court. Their biggest loss at home was by the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin who at that time was leading the nation in scoring defense. Their greatest wins so far has been against West Virginia twice, Texas and Oklahoma State.
They are now 13-4 overall in 4-1 in conference play. This Sooner team is a very confident team that is not letting anyone come into their house in win except for Stephen F. Austin. They play like a team on a mission to get back into the big dance and make a splash. I truly believe that the Sooners have already made a great impact in the Big 12 and look like a team you don’t want to reckon with especially in Norman. Their penetrating defense alone has stopped some of the best scoring offenses so far. Players like Romero Osby who transferred from Mississippi State and Sam Grooms have really stepped up to be the leaders for this team. Osby has been the offensives weapon each and every game plus he crashed the boards like a beast. Grooms has been the floor general and sweeps in and out of defenses like a gazelle and takes the ball to the rim with authority. They have been a very consistent team playing aggressively on defense and shooting the rock with ease.
The Sooners will end up as the number 3 team in the Big 12 just following the two Kansas teams and will finally make it to the Big Dance where they will make an impact the papers will write about.