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Oklahoma Sooners MBB Picked 3rd In Big XII Preseason Poll

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The Oklahoma Sooners Men's Basektball program continues their rise to the top of the conference. At the start of last season, OU found themselves picked to finish 5th in the Big XII. Proving all doubters wrong, Buddy Hield led the Sooners to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance along with a 2nd place finish in the conference at the close of the regular season.

Retaining 68% of the scoring talent, Oklahoma now finds themselves picked to finish 3rd in the Big XII Preseason Poll.

2014-15 BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL

Team (First-place Votes) Points
1. Kansas (6) 78
2. Texas (3) 74
3. Oklahoma (1) 67
4. Kansas State 53
5. Iowa State 51
6. Baylor 36
West Virginia 36
8. Oklahoma State 27
9. TCU 15
10. Texas Tech 13
Nine points were awarded for first place, eight for second, etc. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.

Although OU loses their top 3-point threats (Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal), this team looks to live and die by the three point shot once again while attempting to play an uptempo yet physical style of ball. As a team, the Sooners connected on 37.9% of the shots fired up from beyond the arc. Those leading the charge are as follows:

Isaiah Cousins - JR - 40.4%
Buddy Hield - JR - 38.6%
Jordan Woodard - SO- 37.0%
Frank Booker - SO - 36.8%

Adding a few post players, Oklahoma now possesses depth in the blocks not seen in past years. Can they continue to score at a clip of 81.9 points per game? Only time will tell.