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Oklahoma Sooners Slide Down To No. 3 In Polls Behind Villanova & Maryland

Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

With North Carolina falling early last week, the door remained open for the Oklahoma Sooners to take over the No. 1 spot in both polls. However, things took a turn for the unexpected as Buddy Hield and friends traveled to Manhattan, Kansas. Putting the all the marbles on the table, the Kansas State Wildcats pulled off the upset while improving to 4-0 against the Sooners at home over the past four years. Regardless, with the loss fans began to speculate who would be the new No. 1 and how far Oklahoma would fall.

We now have our answers.

Villanova takes over the top spot in both polls dropping OU to No. 3 while first places votes scatter all over the board. However, let's take a trip back to December 7th of 2015. The location? Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where the Sooners and Wildcats met in a top ten showdown. With the experience on both sides of the court, this game could have swung either way. However, OU completely dominated the outing putting up 78 points to Nova's 55.

Why bring this up?

Many of the Sooner faithful will point toward the match-up on the island as long a Nova holds down the top spot. Yet, Oklahoma is still in prime position to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament...a place where rankings take a back seat to winning.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova Wildcats (32) 20-3 1,566
2 Maryland Terrapins (13) 21-3 1,499
3 Oklahoma Sooners (7) 19-3 1,472
4 Iowa Hawkeyes (11) 19-4 1,471
5 Xavier Musketeers 21-2 1,382
6 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 19-4 1,311
7 Virginia Cavaliers (1) 19-4 1,223
8 Michigan State Spartans 20-4 1,144
9 North Carolina Tar Heels 19-4 1,136
10 West Virginia Mountaineers 19-4 1,082
11 Oregon Ducks 20-4 905
12 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 18-4 826
13 Louisville Cardinals 19-4 819
14 Iowa State Cyclones 17-6 781
15 Texas A&M Aggies 18-5 663
16 SMU Mustangs 20-2 593
17 Arizona Wildcats 19-5 497
18 Purdue Boilermakers 19-5 456
19 Dayton Flyers 19-3 413
20 Providence Friars 18-6 349
21 Baylor Bears 17-6 333
22 Kentucky Wildcats 17-6 228
23 USC Trojans 18-5 225
24 Texas Longhorns 16-7 199
25 Wichita State Shockers 17-6 132
Others receiving votes: South Carolina 128, Indiana 91, Notre Dame 75, San Diego State 22, Duke 14, Seton Hall 14, Gonzaga 10, LSU 10, VCU 10, Valparaiso 9, Stony Brook 8, Saint Mary's 6, Saint Joseph's 5, UNC Wilmington 4, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Chattanooga 2, Connecticut 2, George Washington 2, Michigan 1, Monmouth 1


USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (11) 20-3 753
2 Maryland (11) 21-3 749
3 Oklahoma (3) 19-3 708
4 Xavier 21-2 683
5 Iowa (3) 19-4 674
6 Kansas (2) 19-4 670
7 Virginia 19-4 616
8 North Carolina (1) 19-4 599
9 Michigan State (1) 20-4 567
10 West Virginia 19-4 490
11 Miami (FL) 18-4 433
12 Oregon 20-4 423
13 Texas A&M 18-5 387
14 Arizona 19-5 310
15 Iowa State 17-6 307
16 Purdue 19-5 292
17 Dayton 19-3 236
17 Providence 18-6 236
19 Baylor 17-6 221
20 South Carolina 20-3 185
21 Kentucky 17-6 178
22 Indiana 19-5 119
23 USC 18-5 105
24 Wichita St 17-6 91
25 Texas 16-7 69
Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 63, Gonzaga 53, Duke 40, Saint Mary's 28, Pittsburgh 25, Seton Hall 21, Valparaiso 14, Louisville 12, Monmouth 12, Utah 12, VCU 8, LSU 5, Saint Joseph's 2, Stony Brook 1, California 1, Clemson 1, Arkansas-Little Rock 1