The Oklahoma Sooners are a team that many have as a lock for the 2014 NCAA tournament. I haven’t been too high on the Sooners because they played such a weak non-conference schedule. However, hat all changed as they defeated the No. 24 Texas Longhorns 77-65.
Texas put up a good fight. Center Cameron Ridley had 14 rebounds and 19 points, but the team missed 16 threes, which they couldn’t recover from. On the other hand, Oklahoma’s Isaiah Cousins scored 24 points, and Buddy Hield scored 17. Ryan Spangler didn’t have his best game offensively, but he got it done defensively for the Sooners, and that’s what matters.
The victory over Texas doesn’t just look good to the NCAA selection committee, but it will do a lot for this team’s confidence moving forward as well. As good as Oklahoma is, they are going to struggle in the Big 12 tournament. The Big 12 is the most difficult conference in college basketball and only an elite college basketball team will win the tournament.
However, they can’t let being considered an underdog affect them. The Sooners are a streaky team with the capability of a Sweet Sixteen run, or even better if they can start off well in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Competing in the most difficult conference in college basketball isn’t going to hurt them, it’s going to help them.
Expect bigger wins in the future for Oklahoma; the No. 24 Longhorns are just the tip of the Sooners’ true potential.