Record: 23-9 How they got here: At-large bid Strengths: Lon Kruger, who is the only coach to lead five different programs to the NCAA Tournament, won AP Big 12 coach of the year honor years for taking roster without stars to a second place finish regular-season finish in the league. Sophomore guard Buddy Hield leads a group of four players averaging double-figure scoring and helping the Sooners enter the final week of the regular season ranked seventh nationally in points per game (82.2). OU is making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and pursuing their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2009. Weaknesses: Oklahoma counts on being the more aggressive team and pushing the tempo. When the Sooners fail to play at a higher level than their opponent, they have a hard time winning games. OU's defense is especially strong and the team leans on its scoring punch, only winning two games when it scored fewer than 70 points.
Kevin Jairaj, USA Today Sports