WEEKEND GAME TO WATCH
No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 13 Baylor, 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN)
The Sooners are in the midst of their last real brutal stretch of the year — topping No. 6 West Virginia by two before falling at No. 19 Iowa State — and the Bears’ bruising frontcourt figures to play a key role in determining just how sturdy Oklahoma is at this point of the season. If the Sooners don’t pull out of this three-game death valley with at least two W’s, questions will arise.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
3 Upsets of No. 1 teams by schools in the state of Iowa: Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.
19 Losses by top-five teams so far this season, which according to ESPN Stats and Info is the most through Jan. 19 in college basketball history.
22 Losses by top-25 teams in the past 11 days.
Southern Methodist might not be in the “elite team” talk and its certainly not going to “win it all” — the school is banned from postseason play due to NCAA sanctions — but the Mustangs have been consistently good when the rest of the college hoops world hasn’t. Now the only undefeated team remaining (18-0), SMU got half of its wins without even its head coach leading the charge, when Larry Brown served his suspension at the start of the year. Now, the Mustangs just keep on winning and surprising, which makes it an absolute shame we won’t see this squad kicking deep into March.