Oklahoma Sooners hit highest ranking since 2008

After big win vs. Villanova, Oklahoma is one of three Big 12 teams ranked in the top 5.

The Oklahoma Sooners jumped up into the top five in the AP and coaches poll Monday following a pair of victories last week, including a 23-point victory against previously unbeaten and Big East conference favorite Villanova.

Oklahoma ranked No. 3 in both polls.

Michigan State, which defeated Oklahoma in the Sweet 16 last year, was first in both polls. In the AP poll, Kansas was ranked No. 2. In the coaches poll, Iowa State earned the second spot.

Baylor and West Virginia were also ranked in the AP poll.

"The Big 12 is great again, no surprise there," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "When you think about the results of the non-conference games, everyone is playing well and getting good results and beating good teams. It's great to see and no surprise. When we get into conference, we know it's going to be a battle every night."

This is the highest ranking Oklahoma has achieved since the 2008-09 season, when the Sooners were ranked as high as No. 2 during a 13-game win streak and closed the regular season ranked No. 4 before reaching the Sweet 16.

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