After being upset on the road Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sooners rebounded nicely off a painful loss to get the win over the Baylor Bears on Saturday. With the win, the Sooners remain alive in the race for the Big 12 regular season title and boost the team’s tournament stock. Oklahoma is currently third in the Big 12 and are only 2.5 games out of the top spot. With seven games left on the schedule, the Sooners’ goal of capturing a Big 12 title is within reach, but will Oklahoma come out on top in arguably the best conference in the nation?
The Sooners took a huge step forward Saturday with the victory over Baylor. Oklahoma dominated for most of the game and defeated the Bears handily by a score of 88-72. While Isaiah Cousins led the charge for the Sooners recording 21 points and seven rebounds in the contest, Buddy Hield continued his efficient season shooting 70 percent from the floor while tallying 19 points. The Sooners are a surprise team on a mission this season, but how does Oklahoma really stack up against the best teams in the nation?
Oklahoma has two bad losses on the season and only one signature win, but the Sooners have some of the best talent in the country. Hield and Cameron Clark have a field-goal percentage over 45 and both average over 16 points a game. Offensive production is what has Oklahoma in the running for a conference championship, but it will be the defense that determines the team’s ultimate fate.
Oklahoma’s stock will rise dramatically if the Sooners are able to win the Big 12 conference and a deep run in the tournament could be on the horizon if the Sooners remain disciplined.