Capel's Sooners Ranked No. 2

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Feb. 2, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. - Jeff Capel's University of Oklahoma men's basketball team is ranked No. 2 in this week's AP and ESPN/USA Today top-25 polls, released today.  The rankings mark OU's highest in 19 years.

OU enters the week tied with Utah State for the nation's best record at 21-1 and is riding a nine-game winning streak.  The 21-1 start is tied for the best in school history (also in 1985-86).

The last time the Sooners were ranked this high was late in the 1989-90 season under head coach Billy Tubbs.  They finished that year ranked No. 1 in the AP poll (the AP does not conduct a poll following the NCAA Tournament).

OU trails only Connecticut in this week's rankings.  In the AP version, the Sooners received five of 72 first-place votes and are in front of No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Louisville.  In the ESPN/USA Today poll, OU received three of 31 first-place votes and leads No. 3 Duke, No. 4 North Carolina and No. 5 Pittsburgh.

Other Big 12 teams ranked this week are Texas (16 AP and 17 ESPN/USA Today) and Kansas (21 and 24).

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Oklahoma is 7-0 in Big 12 play, good for the program's best league start since beginning the 1985 Big Eight slate with 11 wins.

The Sooners play a pair of home games this week.  They host Texas A&M Wednesday at 8 p.m. CST and Colorado Saturday at 12:30 p.m.