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Happy Friday, party people! I hope everyone is excited for the weekend. I’m looking forward to watching some basketball (Thunder vs. Lakers tonight, OU vs. KSU tomorrow and Thunder vs. Pelicans on Sunday) and seeing the Turnpike Troubadours at The Criterion in OKC. If you haven’t seen those guys live, do it! They’re a great folk rock/country group that happens to hail from the Sooner State.

OU Links

  • The greatest Sooner of the Bob Stoops era has been with one team for his entire Hall of Fame career up until this point. Will that change this offseason? Dave Campbell of the AP analyzes the situation.
  • Speaking of Sooners in the pro ranks, Buddy Hield had a very nice debut with his new team last evening, scoring 16 points on 6-10 shooting in a win over the Nuggets. Here’s the highlight of the evening:

On the surface, Buddy’s move to Sacramento looks bleak. But if he’s able to work his way into the starting lineup and put up some big numbers he’ll be able to secure a nice second contract in a few years. The Steph Curry comparisons are incredibly unfair to Buddy, but hopefully he’ll be able to shed that and build a nice career for himself.

National Links

  • SB Nation’s James Kirk compiled a timeline of all the drama that has occurred at Ole Miss as of late, and you should check it out. Whose eyebrows weren’t raised when kids from north of the Mason-Dixon line started coming to Oxford, Mississippi? Don’t get me wrong — Oxford is great for several reasons, but that was an immediate red flag.
  • Houston has become a quite a stepping-stone gig for high-profile coaches, but Houston is trying to avoid that with Major Applewhite.
  • The Thunder (our Thunder) made quite a splash at the trade deadline yesterday with the acquisitions of Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson. Welcome to Loud City tells us what these guys could bring to the table.

“Stick to sports!”