Happy Friday, friends and fans! We’re nearing the end of the conference tournaments, which means Selection Sunday is coming up fast. Things are getting wild across college basketball, with teams all over the nation vying for their chance to join the Big Dance festivities.
In the most recent update of Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology report, the Oklahoma Sooners are holding firm as one of the ‘Last 4 In.’ The strength of the Sooners’ quality wins are coming into play in a big way, which is why many Bracketologists agree with Lunardi.
Now this is very telling. According to Bracket Matrix, of the 101 brackets that have been submitted, Oklahoma is included in 99 of them. Further, the average seed for the Sooners is 9.6. If this is as good of an indicator as any, Oklahoma should feel confident about its NCAA Tournament bid chances. The confidence in the team’s ability to win a game is another story entirely, as is the question of whether or not these guys deserve to play in it (they don’t).
And here are some other Bracketologists and their stances on Oklahoma’s tournament hopes. SB Nation’s Chris Dobbertean has Oklahoma in as a 10 seed, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm sees Oklahoma as one of the last four teams in, and Yahoo Sports’ Brad Evans projects the Sooners as a No. 9 seed. If the Tournament Selection Committee feels like any of these other experts do, then the Crimson & Cream should be dancing next week. In just two days, all will be known and official.
Now for today’s Hot Links! ‘Around the Horn’ panelists Tim Cowlishaw and Woody Paige disagree on Oklahoma being in the NCAA Tournament, Baker Mayfield aced his interviews at the combine, Tiger Woods looks like his old, dominant self in the Valspar Championship and more!
- Trae Young has yet to make an official announcement on whether he will forgo his remaining eligibility and go pro, or if he will return to Oklahoma for another season. He’s focusing on what’s in front of him for now, so I don’t expect to hear of any major decisions until after the conclusion of the basketball season.
As end of season looms, standout Oklahoma freshman @TheTraeYoung and his family face a decision on going pro or coming back. More from @cliffbruntAP: https://t.co/5TW10SXCyA pic.twitter.com/nfJVbozlhl— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) March 9, 2018
- Dallas Morning News writer and ‘Around the Horn’ panelist Tim Cowlishaw doesn’t think Oklahoma should make the NCAA Tournament. I’m definitely not a regular viewer of the program, but he makes some good points,
- It’s no surprise to any of us Sooner fans, but Baker Mayfield reportedly aced his interviews at the NFL Combine. A former GM even said Mayfield reminded him of “a shorter Brett Favre.”
- Will Oklahoma’s offensive tempo slow down in 2018 with all the great rushing options in the backfield (Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon, Kyler Murray, etc.)? Diehards’ John Shinn answers that question in his daily mailbag.
- The Tennessee Titans have released former Sooner running back DeMarco Murray. Murray was with the Titans, his third team, for the past two seasons, and will be entering his eighth season in 2018 should he find another landing spot.
Around the Sports World
- Stephen Curry sprained his right ankle yet again last night in the opening minutes of Golden State’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. Curry has a long history of ankle issues, and this season has been full of them.
Steph Curry injures ankle for the 2nd time in 6 days and 4th time this season. pic.twitter.com/A9eVz2lV9H— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) March 9, 2018
- Just to make sure you’re up to date, here’s a list of highlights (lowlights?) of all the things Jimbo Fisher has done since arriving to Texas A&M. Them Aggie folks are an oddly strange bunch, I reckon.
- Yesterday, Tiger Woods was feeling it. Just look at that club twirl. And guess what... he’s looking even better today.
- Tiger Woods is currently leading in the second round of the Valspar Championship. You can follow along for live updates here. He’s currently in a tie at -4 at the end of his round, and hopefully it stays that way.
- Alabama QB Jalen Hurts lost a bet to Charles Barkley when Auburn beat the Crimson Tide last season, so Hurts had to wear an Auburn jersey around campus for a day. At the end of the video, you’ll see that Hurts gets the last laugh. Funny stuff right there.
Stick to Sports!
- Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker finally has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford was also there to honor his friend, and to remember the late Carrie Fisher who passed away in December of 2016. It’s been a long time coming, Mark. Congratulations, my guy.
“When thinking about today, I was really sorry that we don't have the other member of our trio here to celebrate with us. But I feel her presence."— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 9, 2018
Harrison Ford got emotional remembering Carrie Fisher as @HamillHimself received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. pic.twitter.com/hdIVq6THaI
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