The Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team is on a tear, almost making people forget about the disastrous end of the football season. On Jan. 16, the Sooners won their fifth straight game, beating the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 81-63.
This win came four days after Oklahoma upset the preciously ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, 77-68. The win puts the Sooners at 12-3 with a 3-0 Big 12 record. Their biggest test of the season comes this Saturday when they face the Kansas State Wildcats (14-2, 3-0) on the road.
"Kansas State is very good, a high-ranked team in the country. They are playing very well. They have a great atmosphere. Coach Weber has done a great job with the group. Tough game, the guys know that," Sooners head coach Lon Kruger said. "We need to focus on playing better each possession and certainly you have to do that especially on the road in a tough place."
The Sooners three losses this season came against Gonzaga (16-1), Arkansas (11-5) and Stephen F. Austin (14-1).
In the win over Texas Tech, five Sooners scored in double-digits. Romero Osby led the way with 17 points, Buddy Hield put up 16, Andrew Fitzgerald scored 12, Steven Pledger 11 and Cameron Clark finished with 10. Osby leads the team with 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds a game.
"Every game is big. For us especially because we still have a lot to prove," Osby said. "We need to continue to build on our habits and get better as a team. Every win is big for us; especially a Big 12 win and to be 3-0 in the conference. We just want to keep moving forward and keep getting better."
The Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas State Wildcats tip off at 3 p.m. CST on Jan. 19.