Oklahomans who attended home games this past season may have wondered where the Oklahoma Basketball program would be ranked on the ESPN.com Power Rankings, given the state’s lackluster nonconference schedule.
The answer is Oklahoma, which sits at No. 2.
Oklahoma has won a national title in consecutive years since 2004 and was one of only two schools to reach the NCAA Tournament in each of the past five years.
That’s a remarkable feat in today’s NCAA landscape.
Oklahoma is averaging just over 29 wins per season.
It won’t be a surprise if it finishes the season ranked among the top 20 in the nation.
And while the Thunder have struggled offensively for much of the season, the team has been one of the best defensive teams in the country.
The defensive prowess was on full display against Kentucky on Thursday, as Oklahoma allowed only 17 points in the final two minutes of the game.
The Sooners also have some of the league’s best guards in junior guard Lonzo Ball and senior guard Jahlil Okafor.
Ball is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists per game while Okafone has shot 52.4 percent from the floor and 51.3 percent from 3-point range in four games this season.
Both players are expected to be in Oklahoma’s rotation for next season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are expected play in the 2017 NBA Draft on June 23, and the 2017-18 NBA Draft is set for June 28-29.
The NBA Draft Lottery will be held on June 27, with Oklahoma City holding a one-week window to select its next NBA franchise.