Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!
After being pushed back on two occasions, this week’s game between the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners and No. 12 Texas Longhorns has officially been postponed due to inclement weather conditions north and south of the Red River. A make-up date is still being determined by the schools and the Big 12 Conference.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 17, 2021
Due to the continuing inclement weather in Oklahoma and Texas, this week's matchup with the Longhorns has been postponed.
The schools will work with the Big 12 to reschedule.
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This marks the third instance for OU in which a conference game has been postponed this season. The first two postponements were COVID-related in contests against the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Baylor Bears. While the Bedlam matchup has since been reset, a new date for the BU game is still in the works.
Next up for Oklahoma is a trip to Ames on Saturday, Feb. 20 where the Iowa State Cyclones await. The Sooners won the first meeting with ISU this season, 79-72. Tip-off is currently set for 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! A Sooner defender receives a first-round projection, OU Softball climbs in the polls, ‘The Beard’ leads an improbable comeback and more!
- On Tuesday, it was reported that WR Trevon West has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal after one season at Oklahoma. In total, the pass catcher out of Arlington, Texas hauled in four receptions for 59 yards (all against Missouri State). OU Insider’s Parker Thune has more.
- In each of the latest Bracketology reports by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, Oklahoma is being projected as a three-seed for the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
- In his latest mock draft, NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects DE Ronnie Perkins to go No. 23 overall in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
- According to Pro Football Focus, WR Marvin Mims was the highest rated freshman in 2020, regardless of position. The amount of talent Oklahoma has in its receiver room is truly reaching ridiculous levels.
Highest-graded true freshmen in 2020:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 17, 2021
1. Marvin Mims, Oklahoma - 88.9
2. Deuce Vaughn, Kansas St. - 88.4
3. Frank Gore Jr, Sou Miss - 86.6
4. Myles Murphy, Clemson - 85.2
5. Tank Bigsby, Auburn - 84.1 pic.twitter.com/G2esCGjWYc
- OU freshmen ATH Billy Bowman and WR Mario Williams are rocking the No. 5 and No. 4 jerseys, respectively. These two should be fun to watch over the next few years.
- On Tuesday, freshman softballer Tiare Jennings was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week after going 12-13 at the plate and recording five homers with 12 RBI over the weekend. She was also recently named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week following her prolific collegiate debut.
' @_tiarejennings is your @Big12Conference Player of the Week! Jennings went - - with and in her first weekend of collegiate competition #ChampionshipMindset » https://t.co/5FjJmhtPG2 pic.twitter.com/heZYLtEurF— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) February 16, 2021
- Speaking of OU Softball, Patty Gasso’s squad is moving up the polls after a dominant opening weekend performance. Oklahoma (4-0) is now No. 2 according to ESPN and No. 3 according to the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- There aren’t many things in this world as wonderous as a snowy, wintery Owen Field. I can practically feel the magic through this time lapse.
Around the Sports World
- On Tuesday, James Harden rallied the Brooklyn Nets to an improbable, 128-124 comeback win on the road against the Phoenix Suns. Not only were the Nets down by 24 at halftime, Harden had to carry his team without the services of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
- This week, former Clemson Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence underwent successful shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm and will reportedly be ready for the start of training camp.
- On Wednesday, tennis great Rafael Nadal was upset by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Australian Open.
- The LA Galaxy have signed 15-year-old midfielder Alex Alcala — a soccer playing prodigy from Mexico — to a contract with undisclosed terms.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing teal back as the team’s primary color, meaning next time you see the Jags at home, they’ll be rocking their classic teal blue jerseys. Personally, I’m on board with this.
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