Hello once again, friends and fans! The Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament tips-off tonight, and the Oklahoma Sooners have found themselves in a third edition of Bedlam. All eyes will be on Trae Young, as usual, but the game will be decided by what happens (or doesn’t happen) around him. You can find more information on the opening round below.
And speaking of Trae Young, looks like another honor has just come in, and this one is special, folks. Young has won the USBWA’s Wayman Tisdale Award for National Freshman of the Year. Not only is this significant for being a national award, it’s under the name of a Sooner legend, Wayman Tisdale. Congratulations, Trae. It’s absolutely well-deserved.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Oklahoma freshman Trae Young has officially won the @USBWA’s Wayman Tisdale Award for National Freshman of the Year. Young leads the nation in scoring and assists, the first player to ever end a regular season doing so.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 7, 2018
Now onto the Hot Links! Coming up, the Sooners are looking for revenge and redemption against the Cowboys, a CBS Sports writer likes Oklahoma to win the entire Big 12 Tournament, Trae Young still has a strong case for national player of the year and more!
- Round 3 of Bedlam is tonight! Will the Sooners step up and defeat their in-state rival, or will the Cowboys keep their momentum after emphatically beating KU to finish the season? Take a look at the link below to find out when and how you can catch all the action.
- Make sure to also check out C&C Machine’s game preview of the Sooners’ opening round of the Big 12 Tournament. Will there be a little reverse psychology going on with the prediction? Or maybe just a reality check? Don’t wait any longer, find out now!
- Aside from the Wayman Tisdale Award, Trae Young also won another award. He was named USA Today’s College Basketball Freshman of the Year. It’s another well-deserved honor for the freshman phenom, and hopefully not the last to come his way this season. Once again, congratulations, Trae!
- The last time Oklahoma and Oklahoma State played each other, Trae Young scored a career high 48 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Sooners fell to the Cowboys on the road in overtime. Tonight, revenge will be a palpable theme among the Crimson & Cream.
- The CBS Sports Staff, made of a six-man panel, shared their predictions for the conference tournaments, and one panelist actually picked Oklahoma to win the Big 12 Tournament. Winning the tournament would do wonders for the Sooners, not only by improving their NCAA Tournament seed, but going into the Big Dance with confidence and momentum would be huge.
- SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell explains why Trae Young still deserves to win national player of the year honors. His stats are still unparalleled, nobody else has made a strong enough case to convincingly supplant him, and the lack of talent around Young is obvious.
- The Cleveland County Family YMCA was the gym that helped make Trae Young into the basketball player he is today. Growing up, Young spent much of his time in that gym, honing his craft, refining his game. Once Young reaches his goal of playing in the NBA, he wants the Y to be the recipient of one of his first charitable donations.
- Which three players could have breakout seasons on offense this football season? Without guys like Baker Mayfield, Mark Andrews, Dimitri Flowers and Orlando Brown, the offense is going to look a lot different, but there is certainly some high caliber talent already in-place.
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- Jim McElwain is now the wide receivers coach at Michigan after being fired from Florida, and his coaching bio on Michigan’s website has found a way to make it seem like his offenses in Gainesville were explosive. It’s almost sad, really, because they weren’t.
- Carolina Panther Christian McCaffrey and some of his buddies recently went hiking and witnessed a man fall 20 feet. The guys sprang into action and were able to get the man the help he needed, ultimately saving his life. What an amazing story.
- What if there was a dating app for college football coaches? Well, SB Nation’s Charlotte Wilder has come up with just that very thing, and it was inspired by Lane Kiffin, naturally.
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