Oklahoma beats Kansas State, deserves to still be No. 2 in AP Top 25

It’s not just all Buddy Hield. Khadeem Lattin had a double-double on Saturday. (USATSI)

My plea to the voters of the Associated Press poll: With its double-digit home victory over Kansas State on Saturday, you have every right and responsibility to still rank Oklahoma at No. 2. And you should. Let’s not punish really, really good teams for losing on the road to other really, really good teams.

Saturday’s OU win at home against K-State was the first game the Sooners played since their triple overtime classic in at Kansas on Monday. To get the right scope on just how hard it is to win at Allen Fieldhouse, just know that Bill Self has four more seasons with Kansas (13) than losses at home (nine). Let your brain curl around that nugget for 15 seconds.

So for Oklahoma to get 46 points from its frontrunner for National Player of the Year, Buddy Hield, in a losing effort? Let’s just emphasize how great that game was and put one more historic footnote on it by keeping both teams atop the polls the following week.

They’ve earned it. And it would look good on the voters and college hoops if the Big 12’s best two teams were still put atop all others in the sport, even if for just one more week.

As for Oklahoma’s win on Saturday night, it came to the tune of 86-76 over the K-State Wildcats, who are now 0-3 in Big 12 play and 10-5 overall. Oklahoma’s 13-1 now and still in command of a No. 1 seed. Hield had 31 points, meaning it’s his sixth such game with at least 30 this season. The only other OU player in the past two decades with six games or more in a season with 30-plus points? Blake Griffin.

Additionally, the rest of the Big 12’s players have combined to put up six total games of 30 or more points in 2015-16, so yeah, Hield is such a baller. He also had eight rebounds and five dimes on Saturday. This guy is at the top of the list for MVP right now, with a few others (Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine, Melo Trimble, Ben Simmons) not too far behind.

Oklahoma also got a bare-minimum double-double from Khadeem Lattin (10 points, 10 rebounds) in Saturday’s win. Kinda dig that line. Four Sooner starters had double figures in points. Next up for Lon Kruger’s team: Bedlam. On the road. The Sooners play at Oklahoma State on Wednesday — where they should be ranked No. 2 in the nation.


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