Sooners No. 12 in First AP Poll

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Oct. 31, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma men's basketball team is ranked No. 12 in the initial AP top-25 poll of the 2008-09 season, the sixth highest preseason AP poll rating in school history.

Friday's AP poll announcement comes one day after OU was ranked No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

The Sooners, with 987 poll points, are one of three Big 12 teams in the AP top 25.  Texas is ranked No. 7 (1,259 points) and Kansas is ranked No. 24 (233 points).  Baylor (128 points) and Texas A&M (30 points) received votes but failed to break into the top 25.

North Carolina claimed all 72 first-place votes and are followed in the top 11 by Connecticut, Louisville, UCLA, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Texas, Duke, Notre Dame, Gonzaga and Purdue.
 
The only seasons OU debuted higher than No. 12 in the AP poll were 1984-85 (No. 5), 1986-87 (No. 7), 1988-89 (No. 5), 2002-03 (No. 3) and 2005-06 (No. 6).

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Jeff Capel's Sooners are led on the court by Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year and national-player-of-the-year candidate Blake Griffin.  The sophomore preseason All-American led OU with his 14.7 scoring and 9.1 rebounding averages last year while also shooting a team-high .568 from the field.  Griffin is one of four OU returning starters from last year's 23-12 squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma, which was picked by Big 12 Conference coaches to finish first in this year's league race, will hold an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at McCasland Field House.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.  Doors open at 2:30 p.m., the team will participate in individual drills at 3 and action will start at 3:30.  OU's home football game against Nebraska kicks off at 7.

The Sooners open the 2008-09 season with a pair of home exhibition game on Wednesday, Nov. 5 against Oklahoma Panhandle State (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 8 against Cameron (noon).  They begin the regular season Friday, Nov. 14 with a home contest against 2008 NCAA Tournament participant American.

For 2008-09 ticket information, fans may call the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-4668 or click here.


AP Poll
(Points in parentheses)

1. North Carolina (1,800)
2. Connecticut (1,661)
3. Louisville (1,638)
4. UCLA (1,487)
5. Pittsburgh (1,319)
6. Michigan State (1,311)
7. Texas (1,259)
8. Duke (1,250)
9. Notre Dame (1,243)
10. Gonzaga (1,162)
11. Purdue (1,099)
12. Oklahoma (987)
13. Memphis (977)
14. Tennessee (920)
15. Arizona State (645)
16. Marquette (592)
17. Miami, Fla. (570)
18. USC (414)
19. Florida (403)
20. Davidson (347)
21. Wake Forest (312)
22. Georgetown (311)
23. Villanova (256)
24. Kansas (233)
25. Wisconsin (196)

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