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Oklahoma Sooners Hot Links: Softball still No. 1, postseason begins for basketball

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Lon Kruger’s team is looking for a fresh start as it faces Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament.

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Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!

A pair of Oklahoma Sooners have recently been recognized for their play on the hardwood this season. On Monday, senior guard Austin Reaves was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, while sophomore guard De’Vion Harmon was picked as an All-Big 12 honorable mention.

Through the regular season, Reaves led OU with 17.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game, becoming the first Sooner to lead his team in all three categories. Harmon also stepped up his game this year and made a strong case for the league’s most improved player after averaging 13 points, 3.3 rebounds, two assists and 1.1 steals per contest.

Although the last two weeks have not panned out the way Lon Kruger would have hoped they would, his Oklahoma team is still ranked No. 25 in the nation with a chance to create some momentum heading into the postseason. Up next comes a date with the Iowa State Cyclones in the first round of the Big 12 Championship Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for tonight at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Sooner Softball is still the one, Caleb Williams picks his jersey number, the Les Miles era at KU comes to an end and more!

OU Links

  • Oklahoma Softball (17-0) remains the No. 1 team in the land in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. Patty Gasso’s record setting squad was a nearly unanimous choice for the top spot, receiving 31 of the 32 possible first-place votes. Other ranked Big 12 members include Oklahoma State at No. 7 and Texas at No. 10.
  • Speaking of the softball team, freshman infielder Tiare Jennings was named Big 12 Player of the Week while redshirt senior pitcher Shannon Saile was named Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week. Congratulations, ladies. Boomer!
  • On Tuesday night, OU Baseball (6-6) took care of business at home in a 15-5 rout over UT-Arlington. Check out the highlights of Skip Johnson’s winning ball club, which recorded a total of 15 hits, including a pair of home runs.
  • According to Pro Football Focus, Tre Brown ranks above all corners in the current pool of draftees in terms of the lowest passer rating allowed. If he can pull off a sub 4.4 forty-yard dash this Friday, his stock could sky-rocket.
  • It’s official. Caleb Williams — the top QB prospect in the 2021 recruiting class — will wear No. 13 for Oklahoma. It’s certainly an interesting look, and with his talent, he could easily make it one of the most popular jersey numbers among Sooner Nation in the future.
  • Going into his third season as Oklahoma’s DC, Alex Grinch is excited about the versatility that DB Justin Harrington brings to the defense. After sitting out the 2020 season to rehab a knee injury, the former JUCO defender is ready to compete for a starting spot this spring. SI Sooners’ John Hoover has more.
  • On Tuesday, a pair of OU gymnasts were recognized for their stellar performances over the weekend. Senior Anastasia Webb and freshman Katherine LeVasseur were named the Big 12 Gymnast and Event Specialist of the week, respectively. Congrats!

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