Oklahoma Upsets No. 3 Wichita State; Trae Young Scores 29 Points

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Christian James #0 and Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners react to a score in an 85-83 win over the USC Trojans during the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Staples Center on December 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma knocked off No. 3 Wichita State with an impressive 91-83 win at Charles Koch Arena on Saturday. 

The Sooners, who improved their record to 8-1 with the win, should find themselves included in the next Associated Press Top 25 after defeating the Shockers on the road and based on the strength of their overall performance this season

Trae Young carried Oklahoma's potent offense in the win. The freshman sensation scored 29 points, his eighth straight game with at least 20 points, and dished out 10 assists. 

Young came to Oklahoma with a lot of hype as the No. 23 recruit in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports. He's somehow managed to surpass even the most optimistic expectations in his still-brief college career. 

Even before this game started, ESPN Stats & Info noted Young was on pace for a historically-great scoring season:

Young was able to do something against a top-three team that hasn't been pulled off in eight years:

After leading the Sooners' upset over Wichita State, Young managed to raise his own hype. ESPN's Jay Williams is a big believer in what the Oklahoma native is becoming:

Williams' ESPN colleague Royce Young seemed to make another NBA comparison for Young:

Whether Young is a Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook type of player, it speaks volumes about how high the young star's ceiling is. 

What has made Oklahoma such an impressive team early this season is the depth around Young. Brady Manek scored a season-high 21 points, Christian James added 13 and Kameron McGusty chipped in with 13 off the bench.

The Sooners aren't perfect, however, especially on defense. They entered Saturday's game ranked 314th in the nation with 80.1 points allowed per game, a number that will go up after Wichita State put up 83. 

But head coach Lon Kruger has built one of the best scoring groups in the country. Oklahoma's 93.3 points per game ranks trails only Virginia Tech and Duke, and it hasn't scored fewer than 82 points in any game this season. 

Wichita State's loss, its second of the season after previously falling to Notre Dame on Nov. 22, does present some questions about the team being considered among the nation's elite based on the most recent poll rankings. 

The Shockers do hold a win over No. 21 Baylor, but it has yet to defeat a team currently ranked in the RPI top 50. There's plenty of time before the NCAA tournament for them to figure things out, making this defeat a good learning experience. 

Head coach Gregg Marshall has built up such an extensive resume at Wichita State, including six straight NCAA tournament appearances, that he's earned the benefit of the doubt. 

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