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Oklahoma Sooners MBB | Buddy Hield A Top 25 Hoops Player & AP Poll Released

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The Preseason Men's Basketball AP Poll has finally released and features the Oklahoma Sooners as the nineteenth best team in the nation heading into the 2014-15 season. Three other schools from the Big XII find themselves inside the top 25 as well.

2014-15 AP Preseason Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Kentucky Wildcats (52) 0-0 1604
2 Arizona Wildcats (5) 0-0 1518
3 Wisconsin Badgers (8) 0-0 1483
4 Duke Blue Devils 0-0 1415
5 Kansas Jayhawks 0-0 1346
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 0-0 1274
7 Florida Gators 0-0 1153
8 Louisville Cardinals 0-0 1114
9 Virginia Cavaliers 0-0 1090
10 Texas Longhorns 0-0 1061
11 Wichita State Shockers 0-0 1027
12 Villanova Wildcats 0-0 885
13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 0-0 840
14 Iowa State Cyclones 0-0 781
15 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 0-0 574
16 San Diego State Aztecs 0-0 560
17 Connecticut Huskies 0-0 552
18 Michigan State Spartans 0-0 521
19 Oklahoma Sooners 0-0 426
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 0-0 340
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 0-0 309
22 SMU Mustangs 0-0 285
23 Syracuse Orange 0-0 178
24 Michigan Wolverines 0-0 167
25 Utah Utes 0-0 98
Others Receiving Votes: Utah 98, Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, N.C. State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, Geo. Wash. 7, Oklahoma St. 6, Notre Dame 6, Dayton 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Maryland 3, Illinois 3, UNLV 2, BYU 2, UTEP 1, S.F. Austin 1, Baylor 1, West Virginia 1

Buddy Hield Featured On CBS Sports Top 100 College Basketball Players

Checking in at No. 25 on the list, the 6-4 Buddy Hield returns not only as the Oklahoma Sooners' vocal leader, but also the leading scorer at 16.5 points per game. The expectation heading into 2014 from the coaching staff is for Hield to combine his attack mentality with his newly discovered range for a well-rounded game.

Check out the other 99 players listed.

During his first two seasons, Hield helped the Sooners to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Now, Oklahoma hopes to record their first post-season win under Lon Kruger. Assuming TaShawn Thomas receives immediate eligibility, the Sooners could dethrone Kansas while making a deep run into the tournament.