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Also, the OU basketball team paid a visit to a local elementary school.

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Happy Friday, friends and fans! While the temperature is dropping, the Hot Links aren’t stopping! Okay, I may or may not hate myself for that, but you get the idea. Anyway, the Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team has been churning right along for the most part through the gauntlet that is the Big 12 Conference. Tomorrow will bring another monster showdown as No. 16 TCU comes to Norman for round 2! But before that, the team paid a visit to Truman Primary in Norman today, and the children loved seeing the Sooners take a break from practice to have a little fun.

It looks like Trae Young wanted to win so badly, but the mouthful of marshmallows was too much to overcome. After Young couldn’t meet the challenge, freshman center Hannes Pöllä was declared the victor. Hannes is a very large man, so this is no upset.

I feel like I would have such bad luck with this game. By the looks of it, Trae Young had some misfortune with the whipped cream, too. Stay tuned for the end, when assistant coach Chris Crutchfield has obvious reservations about the whole thing. Eventually he plays along, albeit reluctantly. He just had to get a pie to the face, right?

Judging from the reactions of the kids, it was a total success. I know I would have flipped out if I was able to meet Trae Young and crew back when I was in elementary school. It’s all about the little things, and giving back to the community in any way you can. Good job, Sooners.

For today’s edition of Hot Links, Drake Stoops is coming to OU, Trae Young leads the way for the Wooden Award, lefty punters may have a distinct advantage in Foxborough and more!

OU Links

  • Trae Young leads the way for ESPN’s Wooden Award midseason top 25. Young has not only been riveting, he’s been consistent. I’m willing to bet Trae Young has a wider margin of victory than Baker Mayfield did winning the Heisman Trophy if Young keeps this up and the Sooners keep winning.
  • Dick Vitale shared his thoughts about Trae Young and the Wooden Award list. It’s awesome that I can hear Dickie V’s voice in his tweets. “Sensational!”
  • Did Oklahoma’s kicking game cost the Sooners the Rose Bowl? I’m going to go ahead and answer no. Sure, it wasn’t perfectly executed at times, and the decision to squib before the half instead of going with the automatic touchback still perplexes me a bit, but letting a team run the way Georgia ran on Oklahoma was by far the most costly thing.
  • Lon Kruger talks about Trae Young and how great he’s been in a short amount of time. It’s really great stuff, and if you have iTunes, check out this link for the full interview.

Around the Sports World

  • Baylor head coach Matt Rhule will remain in Waco for the coming season. It was reported earlier that Rhule interviewed for a position with the Indianapolis Colts. Rhule went 1-11 in his first season at Baylor.

Stick to Sports!

  • This pup has a better gig than most people I know! Riley gets to check out an awesome museum every day, and he has a cool badge so you know it’s official. Great job, little guy!

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