Happy Monday, friends and fans!
After dropping their last two games, the Oklahoma Sooners (14-7, 9-6) have fallen to No. 16 in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll. That’s a nine-spot drop from OU’s previous No. 7 ranking.
#Sooners check in at No. 1️⃣6️⃣ in the latest @AP_Top25.— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) March 1, 2021
Two top-20 rivalry matchups await with No. 17 Oklahoma State tonight and No. 15 Texas on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/BDzqxs4cck
Things won’t get any easier for Lon Kruger’s crew in the immediate future, but with the challenge comes opportunity. Tonight, OU will face the No. 17 Oklahoma State Cowboys in a rare back-to-back Bedlam rematch. The Sooners have a chance to avenge their loss to OSU on Saturday, but Cade Cunningham and company will be tough to stop in Stillwater. Tip-off for this top 20 contest is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
They stole one in Norman. Let's get it back in Stillwater.— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) March 1, 2021
⏰ 8 pm CT
Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Buddy Buckets breaks a record, an OU target is set to make a decision, Justin James Watt is headed to the desert and more!
- Recently, Sooners Wire’s Patrick Conn took a closer look at OU’s pass rushing statistics before and after Alex Grinch was hired as defensive coordinator. Unsurprisingly, the numbers spell out a trend that should have fans excited for years to come.
- On Sunday, Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield officially reached 1,000 three-point makes faster than any other player has in NBA history. It only took the former Oklahoma hoops star 350 games to eclipse the monumental milestone. Boomer!
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 1, 2021
and counting!@buddyhield makes history as the fastest player in to hit 1,000 three pointers! pic.twitter.com/yCeHjgXJKO
- OU Baseball has had a bit of an up-and-down start to the 2021 campaign, but this weekend Skip Johnson’s Sooners went 2-1 in the Round Rock Classic with wins over Auburn and Baylor to improve to 4-3 on the season.
!— Oklahoma Baseball (@OU_Baseball) March 1, 2021
OU scores early and often in 9-3 win over Baylor.
The #Sooners finish 2-1 at the @RRockClassic. pic.twitter.com/4n1SYoI0oJ
- The first National Qualifying Scores (NQS) of the season were unveiled on Monday, and the undefeated Oklahoma women’s gymnastics (14-0) team debuts at No. 2.
The first NQS rankings of the season are out and the Sooners are No. 2️⃣!— Oklahoma Women's Gym (@OU_WGymnastics) March 1, 2021
Vault - 2️⃣
Bars - 3️⃣
Beam - 2️⃣
Floor - 4️⃣
➡️ https://t.co/G5dp3aR7gr pic.twitter.com/ymngYVv8GS
- 2022 three-star C Demetrius Hunter is set to announce his verbal commitment tonight. OU is currently perceived as the favorite to land the Orange, Texas product. According to 247 Sports’ Composite ranking, Hunter is rated as the nation’s No. 1 center prospect.
Commitment drops tonight— “ℙ “ ℍ (@Pancakehunter59) March 1, 2021
Around the Sports World
- On Monday, ex-Houston Texans superstar DE J.J. Watt announced his decision to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. The two sides have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $31 million deal.
source: me. pic.twitter.com/1Y6okQBUy5— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 1, 2021
- Safety Kendal Daniels, the No. 1 recruit out of Oklahoma in the 2021 class, has officially announced his decision to play for the Oklahoma State Cowboys after originally signing with the Texas A&M Aggies last December.
#Gopokes pic.twitter.com/kFkihXIAXM— Kendal Daniels (@KendalDaniels__) March 1, 2021
- Former LSU Tigers TE Arik Gilbert has re-entered the NCAA Transfer Portal after initially announcing his commitment to the Florida Gators.
I have decided to decommit from the university of Florida and re-enter the portal. I will not be announcing my final decision until i am enrolled into school and on campus.— AG2 (@arik_gilbert) February 28, 2021
- Ex-Texas Tech Red Raiders QB Alan Bowman is officially heading to Big Ten Country where he’ll play for the Michigan Wolverines.
- Junior guard Teddy Allen — the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ leading scorer — is reportedly leaving the program per a release from NU’s athletic department.
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