Sports Talk on KOSU this week: Caron Butler, OSU needs to be coachable to win at the dance, and the Shockers

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This week on KOSU Sports Talk Michael Cross and I talk about the shocking season – or was it? – for Wichita State men’s hoops, OSU women and men prep for the post-season and why (I believe) the Thunder are just getting better and better prepared to win it all.

This week’s segment airs Wednesday morning at 630 and 830 on KOSU-FM in Oklahoma, but you can always go to the KOSU website later in the day (or week!) and check it out at KOSU.org. 

Sports Talk on KOSU this week: Why Oklahoma City is not living up to the big league moniker

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If you missed our weekly segment on KOSU-FM this week, you can hear my thoughts as I yell at Michael Cross (just kidding) about Marcus Smart, the OKC Barons and more…

Check it out on KOSU.ORG!

http://kosu.org/2014/02/marcus-smart-leads-the-discussion-in-this-weeks-sports-talk/

Brent Weber Sports Talk and recap of Thunder win over Blazers

Oklahoma City reeled off 15 straight points in the closing minutes of the game, as Kevin Durant’s hot scoring stretch continued with 6 of 7 threes in his 46 point effort, as the Thunder rallied to beat visiting Portland 105-97.

Check out my recap and post-game sound on KOSU-FM Wednesday morning – and please listen to my SPORTS TALK segment with Michael Cross on KOSU.org. 

If you miss the recap and the sound on KOSU, here it is…

Thunder, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl and more on KOSU Sports Talk this week with Brent Weber

Bedlam Final Score 2013

This week on KOSU Sports Talk we recap Bedlam. As painful as it was for OSU fans, there are realities to the result, and perhaps only one degree of separation between the two state bowl teams (think coach).  Plus, the Thunder’s big picture benchmark, an early look at bowl games and Longhorns head coach Nick Saban (oops! not yet!)  and a  Smart early pick for the Final 4.

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Sports Talk on KOSU this week: Longhorns head coach Nick Saban – oops -, snarling Thunder, Smart pick

KOSU Dec 11This week on KOSU Sports Talk Michael Cross and I recap Bedlam. As painful as it was for OSU fans, there are realities to the result, and perhaps only one degree of separation between the two state bowl teams (think coach).  Plus, the Thunder’s big picture benchmark, an early look at bowl games and Longhorns head coach nick Saban – oops –  and a  Smart early pick for the Final 4.

This week’s segment has been pushed back to Thursday morning – so join Nikole in the morning drive on KOSU-FM starting at 630 am… and hear the entire segment after 8:30 am on kosu.org.

 

Cowboys problems aren’t on the sideline, Big 12 Football is like NASCAR, and an Oklahoma WS Connection

This week on Sports Talk on KOSU-FM, we touched on a few topics hanging around, starting with the Big 12 football race for the remaining teams in it (OU, OSU, Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor). I likened it to the NASCAR sprint. Just check out the remaining schedules and see if you think it’s realistic OSU and OU will play for the Big 12 title at the end of the regular season. I can’t see Baylor or Texas making it to the final week with just one loss, and if the Oklahoma teams sweep the Bears… I could see Texas losing twice or three times.

Baylor (4-0): vs OU Nov. 7 in Waco, TX; vs TX Tech Nov. 16 in Arlington; vs OSU Nov. 23 in Stillwater; vs TCU Nov. 30 in Fort Worth; vs Texas Dec. 07 in Waco

Texas (4-0): vs Kansas Nov. 2 in Austin; vs W Va. Nov. 9 in Morgantown, WV;  vs OSU Nov.16 in Austin; vs Tx. Tech Nov. 28 in Austin; vs Baylor Dec. 7 in Waco

Oklahoma (4-1): vs Baylor Nov. 7 in Waco, TX; vs Iowa State Nov. 16 in Norman; vs Kansas State Nov. 23 in Manhattan, KS; vs OSU Dec. 7 in Stillwater

Texas Tech (4-1): vs OSU Nov. 2 Lubbock, TX; vs Kansas State Nov. 9 in Lubbock; vs Baylor Nov. 16 in Arlington; vs. Texas Nov. 28 in Austin

Oklahoma State (3-1): vs Texas Tech Nov. 2 Lubbock, TX; vs Kansas Nov 9 in Stillwater; vs Texas Nov. 16 in Austin, TX; vs Baylor Nov. 23 in Stillwater; vs OU Dec. 7 in Stillwater

This weekend, OSU can earn a spot on the front row, if not the pole position for the sprint with a win…

We also talked Dallas Cowboys football, and one of the most disturbing finishes to a game any fan can endure. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford was an NFL signal caller playing against a CFL secondary. The Cowboys were down to Taxi-squaders in the cover positions, and Stafford and Calvin Johnson just ate them alive. It wasn’t Dez Bryant’s silly showing up of his teammates on TV that hurt this team; but they had better find some cover talent in a hurry. Good news Cowboys fans: Demarco Murray’s return and your team plays in the most disappointing division in the NFL this season.

The World Series features a great story about Oklahoma, specifically Stillwater/OSU connections between John Farrell, the Red Sox manager, and one of the Cardinals studs, Matt Holliday. I won’t take credit for the story, so I advise you to go the Cards website if you want to read it and hear a Matt Holliday interview on the subject. Here  is also one of many articles on the subject. 

The NBA season starts tonight – sorry to say don’t expect the Thunder to start 2 and 0 on the road… but they will be home against a poor Suns team SUnday night.

Michael Cross and I talk sports on Wednesday mornings on KOSU-FM in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and you can hear this week’s segment here on KOSU.org. 

Junior All-Star Invitational Day One Recap from Norman, Oklahoma

Here’s a little recap I put together for the AJGA looking at some of the best young golfers in the world playing in Norman, Oklahoma at the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKE GOLF. Visit AJGA’s website and check back the next couple of days for more.

What a day for local college sports fans in Oklahoma

Not even counting AAA Redhawks baseball Saturday night or the NBA Thunder’s big playoff matchup this afternoon against Memphis, sports fans have had a dizzying day.

The top-ranked Sooners softball team wrapped up the Big 12 title with a 4-0 win over rival Oklahoma State.

OSU took game their second straight game of the three game weekend Bedlam Series from the Sooners in an afternoon game at Bricktown Ballpark in OKC. They’ll look to salvage a game from the Cowboys Sunday afternoon as they try to get a spot in the NCAA tourney.

The OU Men’s tennis team moved into lofty territory, as the 14th ranked sooners. Advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 4-0 win in Norman over NC State in the opening round of the NCAA tourney. They play 3rd ranked Georgia Thursday in Urbana, Ill.

The women were knocked out in the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. after dropping their opening match to Arizona State. Two Sooner players continue on to the singles/doubles championships next week: the doubles team of Hermon Brhane and Whitney Richey.

OSU women’s tennis won their opening round at theNcAAs, beating Long Beach State.

And the OU Women’s golf squad is on their way to Athens next week for the NCAA Finals after a second place finish in the NCAA Central Regional in Norman. OU stood in second behind Duke with a few groups still on the course late when a weather delay stopped play before 5 pm central time. Those schools still playing won’t change the top two teams.

The OSU women’s golf team is playing in the East Regional and poised to advance to the championships as well.

Sooners fans can get the latest on the school’s website at soonersports.com
Cowboys fans can go to ok state.com for more on their teams.

Sooner Softball Team And Chamberlain Continue to Roll; So Does Gray and His Baseball Mates at Texas

8803138Baseball opened their weekend set at Texas with a 2-1 win, as Jon Gray improved to 5-1 with 6 2/3 shutout innings. they play two more in Austin this weekend.

Softball also opened Big 12 play with a W. Here’s the quick line from the OU folks after the top ranked softball Sooners did it again, busting Baylor 8-3. .

Attached is the box score from Oklahoma’s 8-3 win over Baylor on Friday night

-          Oklahoma used a five-run fifth inning to break open a game that was tied at 2-2

-          Lauren Chamberlain hit a 3-run HR in the fifth. It was the 17th of her season and 47th of her career; she is now tied for sixth all-time on the Big 12’s career home run list

-          Keilani Ricketts got the win to improve to 17-1 on the year. It was also the 115th of her career, tying Jennifer Stewart (1999-02) for the most in school history

-          Ricketts pitched 5.2 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs, 8 strikeouts and 3 walks

-          Michelle Gascoigne came on in relief, throwing the final 1.1 innings. She allowed 1 hit and struck out four. She entered against a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, but got a fly out to end the threat.

-          OU drew nine walks in the game, including three with the bases loaded

 

Oklahoma 8, Baylor 3 (Apr 05, 2013 at Norman, Okla.)

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Baylor………….. 002 001 0 -  3  7  2      (29-8, 3-3)

Oklahoma………… 020 051 X -  8  8  1      (32-2, 1-0)

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Pitchers: Baylor – Canion, Whitney; Repka, Courtney(5) and Hosack, Clare. Oklahoma -

Gascoigne, Michelle; Ricketts, Keilani(2) and Shults, Jessica.

Win-Ricketts, Keilani(17-1)  Loss-Canion, Whitney(15-5)  T-2:12  A-1217

HR OU – Chamberlain, Lauren (17).

Weather: Low 60s, partly cloudy

Coale to Coach America’s Best

OSU @ Oklahoma<br />February 10, 2013I think the USA women’s basketball future is in the right hands, with the announcement of the University of Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale as new coach of the team as they prepare for the World University Games this summer in Russia. If my daughter had played hoops at this level, I would have loved her to play for Coale, and I can’t think of a higher compliment.

See the press release below or find more on their website at soonersports.com.

NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma head women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale will lead Team USA at the 2013 Women’s World University Games this summer in Kazan, Russia, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.

It is Coale’s first head coaching assignment with USA Basketball. Coale served as an assistant for the 2001 bronze-medal winning Junior World Championship Team and as a USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee member from 2005 to 2008.

“It was an absolute honor to serve USA Basketball as both an assistant coach and a selection committee member,” Coale said. “Representing our country via this sport that I love is the ultimate opportunity–an opportunity that I don’t take lightly and one that I am humbled to accept.”

Coale will be assisted by Brian Giorgis, head coach of Marist College, and Coquese Washington, head coach at Penn State. The staff was selected by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.

“In addition to the experience of coaching some of our country’s finest collegiate athletes,” Coale added. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside of Brian and Coquese. I have great respect for each of these coaches, not only for the programs they have built on their respective campuses, but also for their ambassadorship of our game. I look forward to learning from them and working with them to make this an amazing experience for the student athletes we will lead into international competition.”

Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and held every other year, the World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born Jan. 1, 1989 through Dec. 31, 1995). USA Basketball considers athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility only. The 2013 World University Games will be played July 8-15.

Including the USA and host Russia a total of 16 nations will compete in the 2013 World University Games women’s basketball competition, which also will feature teams from Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine.

“Obviously all three coaches have been successful,” Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, said. “Sherri has had international experience, and Coquese has had the opportunity to serve on a committee for USA Basketball. It’s a staff where their strengths complement each other.”

USA Basketball women’s teams have participated in 16 prior World University Games and collected a record eight gold medals, six silvers and one bronze medal. Further, since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled a 95-15 record.

Team USA posted a 6-0 record en route to a gold medal in the 2011 World University Games.

Trials to select the 12-member team will take place May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., and approximately 35 players will be invited by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. A final training camp will resume at the USOTC June 25.

Chaired by Foster, the 2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb, California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb and Central Florida head coach Joi Williams, as well as athlete representative Kara Lawson, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist who has been a part of nine USA Basketball teams.

USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics, men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships; women’s FIBA U19 World Champions; men’s and women’s FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions; as well as winners of the women’s FIBA 3X3 World Championship and 3×3 U18 World Championship.