On the doorstep of claiming the program’s first No. 1 ranking in nearly 20 years, some Sooners are trying to keep cool about the possibility.
Yet for some, like senior Taylor Griffin, who can appreciate the climb, there’s no containing just how cool it would be.
"I think a lot of people hate that No. 1 spot, that No. 2 spot, whatever,” Griffin said. "They feel like it puts more pressure on you. That may be true, but we’re a good team.
"So enjoy the moment. This is something that not many college basketball players get to experience, let alone many programs.”
Oklahoma hasn’t been No. 1 since holding down the top spot in the final two regular-season polls in the 1989-90 season. Only two Sooner squads in history — that team and the 1988-89 group — can even claim a top ranking.
At 25-1 and ranked No. 2, these Sooners are situated in prime position to move up now that top-ranked Connecticut was beaten by Pittsburgh on Monday night.
"I’d love to be No. 1,” said OU freshman Willie Warren.
Of course, getting to No. 1 comes with a catch. OU must first beat Texas — on the road, with an 8 p.m. tip set at the Erwin Center, where the Longhorns have won three straight in the series.
Still, the Sooners ended a six-game losing streak to Texas earlier this season. And this team doesn’t resemble the OU squads that struggled to keep up athletically with the Longhorns in recent seasons.
So if the Sooners do win tonight, and do rise to No. 1, excuse Griffin for taking a moment to soak it all in.