Buddy Hield and Oklahoma passed a major test Saturday night.
A bigger one awaits.
Hield scored 22 points, and No. 3 Oklahoma beat No. 11 Iowa State, 87-83, in Norman, Okla., to match the second-best start in school history at 12-0.
On Monday night, the Sooners will play at No. 2 Kansas in what could be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown after No. 1 Michigan State lost to Iowa on Tuesday night.
"It's going to be fun," Hield said. "It's going to be a matchup that everybody's going to be watching. We're going there to handle our business."
The Sooners nearly slipped on the way to the dream matchup. Iowa State led for most of the second half, and Oklahoma led by two and had the ball in the final minute before turning it over. Iowa State's Monte Morris had a good look, but missed a three-point shot with 5.8 seconds to go. Hield made two free with 3.5 seconds remaining to put the Big 12 opener for both teams out of reach.
"As good a look as you're going to get, especially on the road," Iowa State Coach Steve Prohm said. "I mean, a wide-open three."
Georges Niang scored 29 points, and Deonte Burton had 14 of his 19 points in the second half for Iowa State (11-2).
No. 1 Michigan State 69, at Minnesota 61: Bryn Forbes scored 20 points to help the Spartans (14-1, 1-1 Big Ten) bounce back from their first loss of the season at Iowa earlier in the week. Nate Mason led the Gophers (6-8, 0-2) with 16 points.
at No. 2 Kansas 102, No. 23 Baylor 74: Wayne Selden scored 24 points, Perry Ellis added 17 and the Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) raced out to a 22-4 lead over the Bears (10-3, 0-1).
No. 4 Maryland 72, at Northwestern 59: Melo Trimble scored 24 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 points and the Terrapins (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) won their seventh in a row and gave Coach Mark Turgeon his 100th win at the school in five seasons. Bryant McIntosh led the Wildcats (13-2, 1-1) with 17 points.
at No. 5 Virginia 77, Notre Dame 66: Anthony Gill scored seven of his 14 first-half points during a 21-4 run and the Cavaliers (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) made it 11 straight wins. Demetrius Jackson led the Fighting Irish (9-4, 0-1) with 18 points.
at No. 6 Xavier 88, No. 9 Butler 69: Remy Abell scored a career-high 21 points, and the Musketeers (13-1, 1-1 Big East) won two days after a 31-point loss to Villanova. The Bulldogs (11-3, 0-2) lost their second straight game.
at No. 7 North Carolina 86, Georgia Tech 78: Joel Berry II scored a career-high 19 points and hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 5:07 left for the Tar Heels (13-2, 2-0 ACC).
at No. 10 Kentucky 83, Mississippi 61: Tyler Ulis had 20 points and 10 assists to help the Wildcats (11-2, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) win in a blowout. Stefan Moody led the Rebels (10-3, 0-1) with 23 points.
Iowa 70, at No. 14 Purdue 63: Jarrod Uthoff scored 25 points, Peter Jok had 11 points and nine rebounds and the Hawkeyes (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) erased a 17-point halftime deficit. The Boilermakers (13-2, 1-1) had won 15 straight at home.
at No. 17 Southern Methodist 72, South Florida 58: Nic Moore, Sterling Brown and Markus Kennedy each scored 13 points and the Mustangs (13-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) won in Coach Larry Brown's first home game of the season. Brown missed the team's first seven games at Moody Coliseum while serving a nine-game NCAA suspension. When the NCAA ruled in September that SMU was guilty of rules violations that included academic fraud and unethical conduct, it also barred the Mustangs from postseason play this season.