Oklahoma

Location: Norman, Oklahoma

Conference: Big 12

Mascot: Sooners

Coach: Lon Kruger

Record: 22-10

Kenpom ranking: 9

Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Kansas (11), Iowa State (13), Baylor (14)

Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): Washington (122), Kansas State x2 (81), Creighton (82)

Tournament appearances: 28

Best result: Runner-Up (1947, 1988)

NBA alumni: Blake Griffin, Mookie Blaylock, Wayman Tisdale

Best name: Dinjiyl Walker

Famous alumni: Adrian Peterson, Olivia Munn, The Boz

The defensive-minded Sooners won two-thirds of their games in the Big 12, the league's toughest conference, including 10 of 13 down the stretch. But in the midst of powering through top squads, the Sooners also had a knack for losing to lesser teams -- Creighton and Washington are each ranked below 100 on Kenpom) -- so fans who enjoyed last season's upset at the hands of NDSU might be in for another treat.

Style of play: Looming Sooners

The Sooners' defense is elite, allowing just 89.4 points per 100 possessions, 5th fewest in college hoops. But that doesn't mean they're boring -- the Sooners like to get out and run, with an average possession length of 16.5 seconds, 22nd quickest in the nation.

Key player: Buddy system

Oklahoma boasts the Big 12 player of the year, Bahamian-born guard Buddy Hield, a perfect fit for the Sooners' style. He's a defensive dream on the perimeter, long, strong, and speedy. And he's unstoppable on the break, muscular enough to get the bucket and deadly from behind the arc, so you're damned no matter how you try to stop him.