What’s wrong with the Sooners? Quite a bit, actually

By Seth Oliveras

Defense is an issue. Rebounding is an issue. Effort is an issue. Mental toughness is an issue…

Over a month ago, at 12-1, the Oklahoma Sooners were arguably the hottest team in college basketball. Then the first of seven straight road losses happened in Morgantown. At the time, it seemed like it was just a case of getting caught by a great defense in a hostile environment. The next week, Oklahoma recorded two more quality wins against ranked opponents, and vaulted up to a No. 4 ranking. On the surface, everything was fine. Upon closer examination, the team had still not overcome an important mental hurdle.

So what happened since then? As I mentioned, the Sooners have lost seven straight road games and are currently on a four-game losing streak. Yes, the Big 12 is the most formidable conference, top to bottom. But when you have a future Hall of Fame head coach, experienced role players, and the best college basketball player in the nation, losing streaks like this should never happen.

But the fact of the matter is that this is happening. Each individual loss in conference (and at Alabama) has been a tough test, but Oklahoma continually fails these …read more

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