Oklahoma made the NCAA tournament last season and although Alabama finished tied for second in the SEC, it did not dance. Still, the Crimson Tide will be one of the better teams in the conference once again and they have the talent to make the NCAA tournament this year. They will be good enough to finish in the top three of the conference standings. That will be a lot easier said than done, though.
The Sooners certainly have some talent as well, but they will be losing some key players to say the least. Losing to Alabama would not be the end of the world, but it would make it that much tougher to make the tourney.
It will be interesting to see if the Sooners can finish with 20 wins once again. This is a team that finished tied for fourth in the conference standings, but will look much different. The top three leading scorers are all gone.
There will not be many chances to earn a solid win before conference play for Oklahoma. That is why the game against Alabama could prove to be very important.
Win or lose, the season will not be lost. It is the first game and all.