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Sooners Mid-Season Catch-Up

Both OU basketball teams have had interesting seasons so far. Let’s talk about it.

Let’s start with the men’s side. To start the year off, Porter Moser and his guys came out guns blazing and were on fire. It surprised most people because there are so many new faces on this roster from last year’s team. The teams they were playing were not the best by any means, but the performances were pleasant to see.

The Sooners secured a solid win against the USC Trojans, who were ranked No. 23 at the time. They also beat Arkansas and Providence in non-conference play. The first real test came against the No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels in the Jumpman Invitational, which left the Sooners heading back to Norman with a 12-point loss, their first on the season.

The Sooners are currently 16-6 on the season, and 4-5 in conference play. The Big 12 is in my opinion the best basketball conference, but if OU wants to make some noise this year, they have to perform better in conference play and be able to close out the tough opponents. Porter Moser has not been able to show consistently that he can win tight games against quality opponents, and that is concerning for me.

Javian McCollum has been an offensive star for OU this season averaging 14.3 points per game as well as 3.6 assists. He creates well off the dribble, he’s an elite shooter, and he provides Porter with a playmaker to pair with Milos Uzan. He has been a great addition to this year’s team.

After a rough road loss against UCF, OU will be looking to bounce back against the No. 21 BYU Cougars at the Lloyd Noble Center with tip-off at 7:00 p.m.

Now let’s switch over to the women’s side of things.

Much like the men’s team, the Sooners started the season off hot. In the second game of the year, they took down the then-ranked No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels on the road. The team had some hiccups against Princeton and then ranked No.19 Tennessee early on in the year. The Sooners also had to break a three-game losing streak in early December.

In conference play, however, the Sooners have been locked in. They are currently 15-6 and 9-1 in conference play, just a half-game ahead of Kansas State. They went into Austin and beat the No. 10 ranked Longhorns, and they just had an absolute thriller of a home game win against Kansas State who were ranked No. 2 in the nation. The team also just walked into Stillwater and took care of business in Bedlam.

When a program loses Madi Williams, Taylor Robertson, and Ana Llanusa in the same year, expectations can only be so high. This team has surprised me all year and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.

Skylar Vann has been the go-to weapon on offense averaging 15.9 points per game. She has also made strides on the defensive side of the ball averaging 7.2 rebounds per game.

Sahara Williams has also been a very bright spot on this squad. The Freshman from Iowa has been averaging 9.8 points a game and 5.7 rebounds a game. She has looked very impressive in her first full year in a Sooners uniform.

The Sooners are now ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll. They will face TCU at the Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 7 with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

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