Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
The final home game of the college basketball season is upon the Oklahoma Sooners, meaning it’s Senior Night for forward Kristian Doolittle. If none of that wasn’t enough to get you hyped, it’s also the second leg of the 2020 Red River series against the Texas Longhorns.
Both OU and UT come into tonight’s game with identical records (18-11, 8-8), yet the Sooners currently own the head-to-head tiebreaker after winning in Austin by 10 earlier this season.
$10 tickets for the general public are on sale, and the game is free for all students with a valid OU I.D. Needless to say, this one is crucial with Big 12 Tournament seeding implications and NCAA Tournament resume building. If you’re on the fence about going to the game, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to some great rivalry basketball inside the LNC. It’s the last opportunity anyone will have to watch this Oklahoma team on its home court this season, so do your part to help make it one to remember. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! Post-combine mock drafts are filing in, Landry Jones has re-aggravated his previous knee injury, ‘Snacks’ is the hero we deserve and more!
- Speaking of this important hoops contest, Texas is likely to be without four players due to various injuries. UT head coach Shaka Smart’s squad has overcome their depth issues as of late, but that’ll be put to an even greater test in Norman tonight.
- CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson updated his mock 2020 NFL Draft following the combine, and he now projects WR CeeDee Lamb to go No. 17 to the Dallas Cowboys, LB Kenneth Murray to go No. 26 to the Miami Dolphins, and DL Neville Gallimore to go No. 27 to the Seattle Seahawks. By many other accounts, it doesn’t seem likely that Lamb lasts on the board for that long, but stranger things have happened. It would be great to see all three of these Sooners selected in the first round.
- Sooner Scoop’s Bob Przybylo recently wrote about OU’s first year RB coach DeMarco Murray and how past elite players have often struggled with translating their playing ability into coaching others. So far, this former Oklahoma tailback appears to be heading in the right direction to bucking that trend.
- After tossing a no-hitter against LSU on Sunday, Oklahoma junior Dane Acker was named Big 12 Pitcher and Newcomer of the Week. Well deserved for this rising star on the mound.
- Speaking of Sooner Baseball, OU is back in Norman tonight to host Dallas Baptist starting at 6:30 p.m. CT. Last season, Oklahoma split its series with the Patriots as each team won on their own home field, respectively.
Back home at The Dale— Oklahoma Baseball (@OU_Baseball) March 3, 2020
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- On Wednesday, Mar. 4, ‘Bark in the Park’ is back at Marita Hynes Field. Fans coming to the game are encouraged to bring their pups and pooches to watch OU Softball take on Wichita State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT. Boomer!
- The Dallas Renegades have an update on former OU QB Landry Jones’ knee injury that he sustained late against the Houston Roughnecks on Sunday. The 30-year-old gun slinger is expected to be sidelined for at least the next two weeks.
Around the Sports World
- The Boston Red Sox have sent MRI results for pitcher Chris Sale’s sore throwing elbow to Dr. James Andrews for further evaluation. It’s a serious concern for a team with aspirations of returning to the postseason after winning it all in ‘18 only to miss it entirely last year.
- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made a joke in reference to the Houston Astros live on air while he was mic’d up, and it was probably my favorite thing I’ve seen on a baseball field so far in 2020. You gotta love that subtlety and comedic timing.
Rizzo after doing the math says he has no idea what's coming... "somebody bang for me" - later feels the fastball coming and hits it pic.twitter.com/nLHUWNZjyd— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) March 2, 2020
- Augusta National — home of The Masters — recently purchased a nearby Wendy’s for the right to its property. Unfortunately, this probably doesn’t mean the concessions menu at one of the most historic golf tournaments in the sport will be adding Baconators or Frosties any time soon.
- Jackson State men’s basketball student team manager Thomas ‘Snacks’ Lee had his number called against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and it was truly the moment he’d been waiting for. The ensuing mayhem that took place in that arena after he drained that deep three was like right out of a movie. Baller.
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