Oklahoma was voted No. 1 team in the nation Monday – for the first time since 1990 – but the ranking will last only one week after the Sooners were upset by No. 19 Iowa State, 82-77, in Ames Monday night.
After a tough win over No. 6 West Virginia in Norman Saturday night led to a road trip to Ames 48 hours later.
ISU desperately needed a win. A loss would have given them a 2-4 Big 12 record. OU (15-2, 4-2 in the Big 12) fell to 4-2 while Kansas, West Virginia and Baylor sit atop the standings with 4-1 records.
OU’s Isaiah Cousins scored 26 points while All American Buddy Hield had 27 points (with seven three-point shots).
OU coach Lon Kruger is glad for the No. 1 ranking but it’s not the focus of his team.
“It’s great,” Kruger said. “It’s not something our guys focus on necessarily every day or think about or even have a lot of conversation about, but they’re fans… we all are, and it’s great. But, it’s all about getting better tomorrow. The leadership of this group, the senior group, Jordan and those older guys, know that what it is today is okay, but it’s nothing compared to what we have to keep doing in Big 12 play in terms of getting better and to keep challenging the opposition that lies ahead. Our guys think it’s great, but they understand that it’s not the most important thing.”