One of the most surprising teams in the Big 12 has made their case known in the conference.
The Oklahoma Sooners had to fight at home but were able to pull off the upset of the previously unbeaten and top-10 ranked Iowa State Cyclones to make a case for themselves not only in the Big 12 Conference but for a bid in March’s NCAA Tournament. This was a Sooners team that was bounced in the first-round last year despite a solid season. The Sooners were expected to build off the success of last year and they did just that on Saturday.
What will make this team such a dangerous one when the tournaments begin is their ability to rebound the ball and their scoring offense. The Sooners rank in the top-five in scoring, averaging 87 points a game. The rebounding is also great, offensively and defensively. Ryan Spangler is a great example as he recorded 15 rebounds during the win. As long as the Sooners continue playing their game, there is no reason why they cannot be a favorite going forward.
It is going to be a tough going the rest of the season for the Sooners, especially coming off this win. They go on the road and play two current ranked teams in the Kansas State Wildcats and top-10 ranked Baylor Bears, but perhaps the Sooners can feed off of this win and use it as a motivator to help them defeat anyone if they put their minds to it. Anything can happen, especially in college basketball, so perhaps the Sooners will be the next team to make that magical run. Only time will tell.