Oklahoma bowl picks (sort of) and a look at just how good the Thunder is heading to 2014

Michael Cross and I sat down for our last Sports Talk segment on KOSU for 2013. I mish-mashed about the bowl games…. I do believe both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State can win their bowls, Cotton and Sugar respectively. In fact, as of today, I would pick both the Cowboys and the Sooners to win in upsets. But the games are a few weeks off, injuries and player wanderings happen, so that could change… but I’ll say it now: Alabama is not as good as the past few years offensively and Missouri is dang good, but there’s something crazy about OSU’s big-play ability.

Any hoo, if you missed our KOSU segment, you can hear it here…

Bedlam Final Score 2013

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

Brace the snow, watch OU Women vs Baylor for free

The University of Oklahoma may be closed down for studies due to inclement weather, but the game – at least for now – will go on at Lloyd Noble Center tonight (Monday, February 25, 2013.)The OU women are hosting the defending national champs and the NCAA Player of the Year from Baylor in a key Big 12 matchup.

They’re letting anyone who can make it in for free; hopefully only those who live within a snow walk of the game will brave expected bad road conditions. Baylor was obviously already in town, and since it’s a nationally televised game (ESPN2) the game goes on.

They’re also giving away free hats to the first thousand folks in attendance.  I’ll be home watching it and hoping everyone gets in and out safely tonight, as central Oklahoma tries to avoid the brunt of a huge winter storm that is hammering the western part of the state and the Texas panhandle.

The bummer is this week’s taping of SoonerSports Pad is off. We have a terrific package done by student Michael Runyan profiling Morgan Hook, the team’s starting point guard. I guess we will run it next week!

Here’s the story from sooner sports.com

NORMAN, Okla. – Due to expected inclement weather, admission to Monday’s women’s basketball game between Oklahoma and Baylor, tipping off at 6 p.m., at Lloyd Noble Center will be free. Here are details on the game:

FREE ADMISSION
All fans will be admitted free of charge (doors open at 4:30 p.m.). However, season ticket holders and other fans who purchased tickets for the game in advance will have first right to occupy their reserved seat locations. If you already have tickets, please bring those with you for access to that seat location.

For those without tickets, all seats not occupied by the season ticket holder or by fans who purchased tickets in advance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

PARKING
Parking lots on all sides of Lloyd Noble Center are expected to be open.

FREE HATS FOR FIRST 1,000
Monday’s promotion of Coach Coale-designed hats given to the first 1,000 fans through doors will continue as scheduled. The hat is also available for purchase on OU’s official online store.

Final: OU 73-67 Sooners Men’s Hoops Vs Texas

(Updated at end of game)
Senior forward Romero Osby scored a career high 29 points to go with 8 rebounds to lead Oklahoma to a 73-67 win over Big 12 rival Texas, giving the Longhorns (8-10) an 0-6 mark for the first time in their Big 12 history. The Sooners improved to 13-4 and 4-1 with their 6th win in seven games.
Junior Amath M’Baye threw down three spectacular dunks via the lob and finished with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Freshman Buddy Hield was also in double figures with 12 points, as Oklahoma shot 48 percent from the field against the nation’s number two FG% defense.

The Longhorns narrowed a double digit second half deficit to four points when Cameron Ridley’s three made it 69-65 with 1:00 to play. before the Sooners closed out the win. Oklahoma next plays Saturday at Kansas.

Sheldon McClellan came off the bench to score 25 to lead the Longhorns, who host Texas Tech Saturday night, January 26th.

(Updated 10:22 pm)
M’Baye’s electrifying leaping ability led to at least three lob slams, including one from Sam Grooms on the break to give Oklahoma a 63-55 lead at 4:20. With Osby taking a breather, Texas threatened to close the gap before Hield’s strong left side baseline bucket gave Oklahoma an 11 pt lead with 3:05 to play.

Updated 10:14 pm
OU 59-52 6:43 remaining)
The Sooners finally hit a couple of threes, one each for Osby and freshman Jelon Hornbeak to keep the surging Longhorns at a distance. Texas’ biggest weapon is the sneaky scorer Sheldon McClellan, who leads them off the bench. He had 21 of his team’s first 52 points.

(Updated 10:07 pm)
Osby’s two free throws at 9:31 in game equals his career high at OU with 24 pts.

(Updated A 10:04 pm) As the Longhorns’ young big men wore down, Oklahoma’s most reliable scorer up front began to go to school. Senior Romero Osby set his sights on his career high of 24 points, scoring 22 in the first 28:00 to help OU push their lead to 12 at 50-38 with 11:14 to play.
(Updated 9:55 pm OU 45-36)
One of the most spectacular plays of the game came when the Sooners defense allowed them to run. Veteran floor leader Steven Pledger partially blocked a Longhorn attempt, ran with. The loose ball and found a soaring, streaking M’Baye for a slam that gave the Sooners their biggest lead at 9 pts.
(Updated at 9:50 pm with OU leading 38-34)
Texas defense limited the Sooners perimeter attempts. Averaging more than 15trey tries a game, OU was 0-3 in first 24 minutes. Their fewest three point attempts in a game this year came in a one point win at Oral Roberts (2 of 10).

(Updated at 9:40 start of second half)
Big stat from first half? Texas’ bench out scores OU’s 20-2 in the first half.

(First Half updated at 9:29 pm) Buddy Hield’s early lob to Amath M’Baye brought the “Cheer Like A Champion” t-shirt wearing crowd to their feet early, as Oklahoma (12-4, 3-1)built an early lead. But the game never got rolling until the Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) tried to muscle up on OU.

Neither team has enough size to say they can go “big”, but Texas tried with three freshmen wide bodies, 6-9 Cameron Ridley, 6-10 Prince Ibeh and 6-9 freshman Conner Lammert They overcame an 8-4 deficit with a 9-2 run to take a 13-10 lead midway through the first half.

What Texas is best at is denial. They led the NCAA in 3 pt fg% defense coming into the game and were second in overall fg% defense (.345), which works best when you don’t allow second shots, which they accomplished until the closing minutes of the half.

Once OU got into an offensive rhythm, they weren’t missing their first shots, thanks mainly to the inside work of leading scorer Romero Osby. He had 14 points at half on 5 of 8 shooting as the Sooners took a 30-26 lead to the break.

Soccer and Volleyball Sooners Post Wins In Norman

The OU women’s volleyball team opened the Nike Invitational with a win at McCasland Field House in Norman while the soccer team downed Nicholls State nearby. For details, press releases of both are found below.

(soccer) The Oklahoma soccer team improved to 2-1 on the season after recording a season-high goals en route to a 3-1 victory over Nicholls State on Friday night.

Sophomore Kelly Price tripled her career goals total with two scores and Renae Cuellar scored her team-leading third goal of the season.  It marked Price’s first appearance of the 2012 season and first goal since finding the back of the net against Missouri in 2011.

“She gave us some great energy off the bench,” said OU Head Coach Matt Potter.  “Her endeavor was rewarded tonight.  She had a couple good runs that put her on the score sheet, and that’s never a bad thing.”

The loss dropped Nicholls State to 1-2 on the season and the game marked the first meeting between the teams.

Cuellar gave OU a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute, scoring her second goal of the season off a penalty kick.  Abby Hodgen created the opportunity and was brought down in the box by a Nicholls State defender.

The Sooners took a two-goal lead at the 35:52 mark as Price scored the first of two goals on the night, flicking the ball over a Colonel defender to clear some space before putting away the opportunity from 15 yards out.   Price later scored in the 76th minute as the Sooners went up 3-1 off an assist by Bailey Boulware.
Nicholls State got on the board in the 56th minute when the OU defense was unable to clear a loose ball that was collected by Spencer Valdespino and blasted past a diving Kelsey Devonshire in goal.  Devonshire improved to 2-1 with three saves on the night, while her counterpart, Amanda Boylson, allowed three goals and made six stops.

The Colonels nearly tied the game at two in the second half with 22 minutes left in regulation.  Nicholls State took their second corner kick and a header by Melissa Pestalozzi nearly found the back of the net off the far post, but defender Brianna Turang saved the potential game-tying goal.

OU tied a season high with 16 shots opposite Nicholls State’s seven on the night.  Cuellar led the Sooners with five blasts followed by Boulware, Price and Molly Richey with two apiece.

The Sooners conclude the current four-game homestand against Vanderbilt on Sunday. The Commodores hold a 1-0 advantage in the series after posting a 3-1 win in Nashville during the 2009 season.

 

For more information on OU soccer, visit www.SoonerSports.com.

(volleyball) The Oklahoma women’s volleyball team (1-0) won its season-opener for the fifth time in six years, defeating Missouri State 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 25-23) on Friday evening at McCasland Field House.

Senior Morgan Reynolds led the way for the Sooners with 37 kills, while senior Maria Fernanda led all players with 17 digs as Oklahoma moved to 7-2 under head coach Santiago Restrepo in lid-lifters.

The Nike Invitational continues Saturday with a pair of OU matches, first vs. Western Michigan at Noon CT. OU also plays host to Tulsa at 7 p.m. CT.

Tulsa defeated Western Michigan on Friday 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21). The Golden Hurricane open Saturday’s action at 10 a.m. CT vs. Missouri State, while Western Michigan takes on the Bears at 5 p.m. CT.

Two Sooner Volleyball Stars Named Preseason All Conference

UT’s Webster, McCage Highlight 2012 Volleyball Preseason Honors.

While watching the Olympic coverage of volleyball, beach and indoor, you may be wondering about NCAA women’s volleyball? Here’s an opening volley: two University of Oklahoma players were named preseason All-Big 12 conference.

Sophomore outside hitter Tara Dunn and Midwest City’s middle blocker Sallie McLaurin, a junior. Below (and linked above) is the Bg 12 press release.

 

The 2011 Big 12 champion Texas Longhorns highlight the 2012 edition of the Conference’s volleyball preseason team and awards. Texas tabbed three preseason team selections and swept the preseason individual honors as Bailey Webster and Molly McCage were named Preseason Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively.

Along with the Longhorns, Iowa State and K-State each garnered a trio of preseason team members.

The team and awards are chosen by league coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Webster, a junior and the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, finished last year fourth in Big 12 matches in hitting percentage with a .348 mark. She also averaged 3.26 kills (ninth) and 3.78 (10th) points in conference contests for the fourth-ranked Longhorns. The Baltimore, Md.-native became only the third underclassman to garner Player of the Year honors and first since 2005. Playing in every match for UT in 2011, Webster recorded 307 kills, while hitting .340 with 36 digs, 89 blocks and 362 points. She was named to the AVCA All-America first team and guided the ‘Horns to their sixth straight NCAA Regional Semifinal appearance.

McCage, a 6-3 middle blocker from Spring, Texas, played for the 2011 United States Girls’ Youth National Team that competed at the World Championship. While at Klein Collins High School, she earned 2011 Prep Volleyball and Under Armour High School All-American honors. In 2011, Prep Volleyball tabbed her as one of the nation’s Top 25 Junior Recruits, while Volleyball Magazine listed her as a Top 25 Underclassmen to Watch. Entering her first season at Texas, she was ranked No. 1 nationally by Prep Volleyball in 2012.

Webster also headlines the 2012 Big 12 Preseason Team as she is one of seven members selected unanimously. Torri Campbell (Baylor), Alison Landwehr (Iowa State), Caroline Jarmoc (Kansas), Kaitlynn Pelger (Kansas State), Sallie McLaurin (Oklahoma) and Haley Eckerman (Texas) were also chosen unanimously.

Along with Webster and Eckerman, UT’s Khat Bell also earned preseason team accolades. Iowa State placed 2011 Libero of the Year Kristen Hahn and 2011 All-Big 12 first team honoree Jamie Straube along with Landwehr. K-State’s three selections included Pelger, Caitlyn Donahue and Lilla Porubek.

Oklahoma placed a pair of members on the team as Tara Dunn joins McLaurin. Baylor, Kansas, TCU and Texas Tech represented with one member each. The Big 12 Preseason Team consists of five seniors, seven juniors and three sophomores. Five members from the 2011 All-Big 12 First Team were named preseason team members.

The 2012 Big 12 Volleyball Preseason Poll will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Big 12 teams open the season the weekend of Aug. 24, while conference action is slated to begin on Sept. 19.

PRESEASON AWARDS
Preseason Player of the Year: Bailey Webster, Texas, OH, 6-2, Jr., Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Molly McCage, Texas, MB, 6-3, Fr., Spring, Texas/Klein Collins

2012 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM

Name, School Pos.    Ht.  Cl. Hometown/Previous School
Torri Campbell, Baylor^ MB 6-2 Sr. Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Kristen Hahn, Iowa State DS/L 5-6 Jr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy
Alison Landwehr, Iowa State^ S 6-0 Sr. St. Louis, Mo./Parkway West
Jamie Straube, Iowa State MB 6-2 Sr. Tecumseh, Neb./Johnson County Central
Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas^ MB 6-2 RJr. Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Springbank Community
Caitlyn Donahue, Kansas State S 5-9 Sr. Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West
Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State^ MB 6-2 Jr. Olathe, Kan./Olathe South
Lilla Porubek, Kansas State OH 6-1 Jr. Budapest, Hungary
Tara Dunn, Oklahoma OH 6-2 So. Poth, Texas/Poth
Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma^ MB 6-2 Jr. Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
Yvonne Igodan, TCU MB 6-2 Jr. Houston, Texas/Hightower
Khat Bell, Texas MB/OH 6-1 So. Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
Haley Eckerman, Texas^ OH 6-3 So. Waterloo, Iowa/East
Bailey Webster, Texas^ OH 6-3 Jr. Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls
Miara Cave, Texas Tech OH 5-11 Sr. San Antonio, Texas/Roosevelt

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

^ – Unanimous Selection
Ties in voting created a 15-member team

via UT’s Webster, McCage Highlight 2012 Volleyball Preseason Honors.

Habern To Call It Quits At OU, Reynolds Back – Sort Of

As promised earlier in the week, Oklahoma’s head coach Bob Stoops announced his team’s pre-season roster, but the expected “trending” story changed from Jaz Reynolds’ status to Ben Habern’s surprising announcement.

The senior center from Austin announced that he will “conclude his playing career due to lingering neck and back concerns” according to  a Sooners press release. The former All Big 12 honorable mention played only six games last  year due to an arm injury, but started in 30 games at center throughout his career.

As for Reynolds, the junior out of Houston, Texas remains suspended from game action but has been reinstated to the practice roster along with fellow junior wide receiver Trey Franks and sophomore defensive back QUentin Hayes. Kameel Jackson’s suspension remains in place. According to OU, his suspension “will be reviewed at the conclusion of the current academic session.

OU is picked as the pre-season favorite to claim the Big 12 football title this season in a pre-season poll of conference coaches.

Expectations Getting “Big” For Kruger’s Sooners

Sooner  basketball getting attention in Kruger’s second season at the University of Oklahoma. For the first time since Blake Griffin’s days the Sooners will be featured on ESPN’s “Big Monday”. Below is the press release from sooner sports.com. You may also link to the story here.

NORMAN, Okla. — The Big 12 Conference has announced its men’s basketball schedule for ESPN’s Big Monday platform for the 2013 season, and for the first time in three years Oklahoma will make an appearance.

The Sooners’ Jan. 21 home contest versus Texas will be televised by ESPN as the second game of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day doubleheader. The 8:30 p.m. CT OU-Texas game will be preceded by a 4:30 p.m. matchup between Oklahoma State and Baylor.

The last season Oklahoma participated in an ESPN Big Monday contest was 2009-10. OU made three appearances that year.

The full composite Big 12 schedule, including games on CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, Big 12 Network and ESPN’s College GameDay, will be released in the coming weeks.

The Big 12 has been ranked among the top three conferences in RPI each of the past five seasons — the only league that can make that claim. In addition, the Big 12 boasts the nation’s best winning percentage in NCAA Tournament competition over the past five years.

 2013 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Schedule On ESPN’s Big Monday
 Date  Teams  Time (CT)
 Jan. 14  Baylor at Kansas  8 p.m.
 Jan. 21  Oklahoma State at Baylor  4:30 p.m.
 Texas at Oklahoma  8:30 p.m.
 Jan. 28  Kansas at West Virginia  8 p.m.
 Feb. 4  Texas at West Virginia  8 p.m.
 Feb. 11  Kansas State at Kansas  8 p.m.
 Feb. 18  West Virginia at Kansas State  8 p.m.
 Feb. 25  Kansas at Iowa State  8 p.m.
 March 4  Baylor at Texas  8 p.m.

Sooners Tabbed To WIn By Big 12 Media

Below is the release from the Big 12 Conference. Media Days for the upcoming college football season are coming on Monday.

 

Oklahoma has been picked to win its eighth Big 12 championship in the 2012 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, voted on by media representatives who cover the Conference.

The Sooners received 32 of 41 first-place votes and totaled 396 points. West Virginia was chosen second with 339 points and garnered seven first-place tallies. Texas was picked third, followed by defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State in fourth. TCU and Kansas State each received a first-place vote and finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas rounded out the poll.

West Virginia and TCU will begin their inaugural season of Big 12 competition after joining the league on July 1. Both won their previous conference titles last year.

The Cowboys claimed their first Big 12 title in 2011 in the Conference’s initial season of round-robin play. Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with its seven Conference championships (2000, ’02, ’04, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’10).

Head coaches and selected student-athletes will converge in Dallas from July 23-24 for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. Live video coverage, including press conferences and one-on-one interviews with a variety of guests, will be featured both days on the Big 12 Digital Network, including Big12Sports.com.

2012 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll

1. Oklahoma (32) 396
2. West Virginia (7) 339
3. Texas 291
4. Oklahoma State 267
5. TCU (1) 260
6. Kansas State (1) 257
7. Baylor 162
8. Iowa State 121
9. Texas Tech 116
10. Kansas 46