"We just showed that we can play on a big stage against a great team," OU freshman Brady Manek told reporters afterward. And he was right. So now the Sooners are 8-1 with three top-50 KenPom wins -- specifically victories over Wichita State, USC and Oregon. I have moved Lon Kruger's team to 13th in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one).
And how much fun is Trae Young?
The fabulous freshman finished with 29 points and 10 assists against Wichita State and is now averaging 28.8 points and 8.9 assists in 32.7 minutes per game. That means he's leading the nation in points per game and is third in the nation in assists per game. It's not crazy -- in fact, it's probably accurate -- to suggest he's the leading candidate to win National Player of the Year.
Oklahoma is one of two new additions to Sunday morning's Top 25 (and one). The other is the only team to beat Oklahoma -- Arkansas, which is 8-2 thanks to wins over OU, Minnesota, Fresno State and Connecticut. The Sooners and Razorbacks replaced Florida and Notre Dame, both of which lost to unranked teams Saturday. Florida lost to Clemson while Notre Dame lost to Indiana. The Gators are 1-4 in their past five games with a home loss to Loyola Chicago. The Irish are 2-3 in their past five games with two sub-70 KenPom losses to Ball State and IU.
The complete Top 25 (and one) is below.
|The Wildcats own wins over Gonzaga, Tennessee and Temple. Eight of their 11 wins have come by double-digits.||--||30-8|
|The Sun Devils' perfect record features four top-50 KenPom wins. ASU beat Kansas and Xavier both by double-digits.||--||14-17|
|The Spartans have won nine straight games since losing to Duke. KenPom doesn't project them to be an underdog again this regular season.||--||23-13|
|The Tar Heels' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Michigan State. UNC already owns five top-100 KenPom victories.||--||29-10|
|The Wildcats have won seven straight since losing to Kansas. UK's remaining non-league games are against UCLA, Louisville and West Virginia.||1||26-8|
|The Hurricanes' perfect record features just one top-50 KenPom win. They won't play another top-50 team until they host Florida State on Jan. 7.||1||26-11|
|The Aggies' lone loss is a single-digit loss to Arizona. They have four top-55 KenPom victories - among them a 23-point win over West Virginia.||1||27-13|
|The Mountaineers have won 10 straight games since their season-opening loss to Texas A&M. They own victories over Virginia, Missouri and UCF.||1||16-17|
|The Cavaliers' lone loss is a single-digit loss at West Virginia. They have the nation's best defensive-efficiency rating.||1||21-14|
|The Blue Devils own three wins over teams also in the Top 25 (and one). Their lone loss is a road loss at Boston College.||1||32-7|
|The Horned Frogs have won 15 straight games dating back to last season. Kenrich Williams is averaging 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds in 33.6 minutes per game.||2||21-13|
|The Musketeers have won five straight games since losing to Arizona State. They'll play at Northern Iowa on Friday.||2||23-13|
|The Sooners have beaten Wichita State, USC and Oregon. Trae Young is averaging 28.8 points and 8.9 assists in 32.7 minutes per game.||NR||19-16|
|The Shockers' two losses are to Oklahoma and Notre Dame. They own wins over Baylor, Oklahoma State and Marquette.||9||15-13|
|The Zags' two losses are to Villanova and Florida. They've beaten Creighton, Texas and Ohio State.||--||28-4|
|UT's only loss is a single-digit loss to Villanova. The Vols have beaten Purdue and three other top-100 KenPom teams.||--||27-8|
|The Boilermakers have won seven straight games since losing to Western Kentucky. The have six top-60 KenPom victories.||--||29-8|
|The Jayhawks snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday night at Nebraska. Their resume features wins over Kentucky and Syracuse.||--||34-6|
|The Wildcats have won five straight since going 0-3 at the Battle 4 Atlantis. They own wins over Texas A&M, Alabama and UNLV.||1||33-4|
|The Seminoles took their first loss Saturday in a semi-home game against Oklahoma State. They open ACC play Dec. 30 at Duke.||8||17-14|
|The Bears' two losses are to Wichita State and Xavier. Their best win is a neutral-court win over Creighton.||--||27-7|
|The Bluejays' two losses are to teams ranked ahead of them in the Top 25 (and one) -- specifically Gonzaga and Baylor. Creighton owns wins over Northwestern and UCLA.||--||23-12|
|The Red Raiders' only loss is a loss to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden. They've beaten Nevada and Northwestern.||1||27-10|
|The Bearcats recorded their first top-60 KenPom win Saturday at UCLA. Their two losses are to Xavier and Florida.||2||18-15|
|The Razorbacks own wins over Oklahoma and Minnesota. They've won three straight games since losing at Houston.||NR||28-9|
|The Pirates' five-game winning streak was snapped Saturday at Rutgers. Their resume features wins over Texas Tech and at Louisville.||3||21-11|
In: Oklahoma, Arkansas
Out: Notre Dame, Florida