After returning to the AP college basketball rankings for the first time since Blake Griffin was on campus, the Sooners fell from the rankings this week thanks to a tough loss to the West Virginia Cavaliers. According to ESPN on Feb. 10, Oklahoma only received 99 points and fell to 26th in the nation.
The Sooners did remain in the Coaches college basketball rankings by one point over the UConn Huskies.
It was a tough break for the Sooners, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season with losses to the 11th ranked Iowa State Cyclones and West Virginia before rebounding with a big win over the Baylor Bears.
What might have hurt Oklahoma even more was that their quality wins over Baylor and the Oklahoma State Cowboys don't look as good now that both those teams have fallen from the polls. Only three Big 12 teams remain in the AP college basketball rankings, and while OU has wins over Texas and Iowa State, they also lost to Iowa State in the rematch and to Kansas.
The Syracuse Orange remain in first place with all 65 first place votes and a perfect 23-0 record. While also undefeated, the Wichita State Shockers only sit in fourth as a mid-major while one-loss Arizona and two-loss Florida sit in second and third.
This week, the Oklahoma Sooners play the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Oklahoma State Cowboys as they try to work their way back into the college basketball rankings.