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Grooms stabilizes surprising Sooners

Junior college transfer has taken on a leadership role in first season at Oklahoma

Updated: December 19, 2011, 12:37 AM ET
By Brandon Chatmon | SoonerNation

NORMAN, Okla. -- The words didn't carry much weight at the time.

"We're not going to be afraid, we're going to take it to people. This is not going to be a rebuilding year."

Point guard Sam Grooms was adamant in the preseason, using those words to describe his mindset heading into his first year at Oklahoma.

Two months later, those words carry much more weight after the Sooners improved to 8-1 with their 79-74 win over Houston on Saturday. Earlier this week, OU earned a spot ...

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