Oklahoma Sooners

21 Mar 19
Saturday Tailgate

Despite not showing at the combine, Kyler Murray had an impressive pro day at Oklahoma University. Here are a few take away points from Kyler Murray’s Pro day. Strengths: Foot-work Accuracy Quick release Athleticism? Weaknesses: Size Durability Murray’s pro day went exactly how we expected.. He was an ace in the pocket and that was […]

20 Mar 19
Saturday Tailgate

It has been a running joke the last few seasons. People have been asking if Texas was back but the answer was always “No”. Texas had flirted with being a team becoming a National powerhouse again but would continually screw it up. Last season changed the tide. When no. 19 Texas defeated the seventh ranked […]

20 Mar 19
Saturday Tailgate

The Mountaineers have started Spring practice and it was the first time Coach Neal Brown was able to see his new team live. While it wasn’t a full contact day, he came away impressed and gave a glowing report of the younger guys. “You’re seeing guys, and I’ll give you an example, these redshirt freshmen,” […]

20 Mar 19
Javiers blog

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are arguably the best players in Baseball. Everyone’s in the baseball world has been dying for them to sign to a team because they all took way too long. First we are going to be talking about how much of a roller coaster it was for Bryce Harper […]

20 Mar 19
The Mind of Mike Broman

Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and never filling out a perfect bracket.  On that somber note, let’s get to it. While no one is going to go undefeated in their NCAA tournament bracket, there are some strategies we can follow that usually lead to more success.  I emphasize “usually” because there are […]

20 Mar 19
Heartland Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners claimed the No. 9 seed in the South Regional of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday largely due to scheduling. Completing the non-conference portion of the programming sporting an 11-1 record, hopes ran high. Now, another opportunity to step out of conference play presents itself. Can Lon Kruger find the same level of […]

20 Mar 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1622483-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1622483-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1622483-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1622483-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Tennessee’s Grant Williams, right, protects the ball from Kentucky forward EJ Montgomery (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Tennessee forward Grant Williams (2) shoots over Mississippi State forward Abdul Ado (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, left, goes up to the hoop against Minnesota’s center Matz Stockman, right, during the second half of an NCAA basketball game Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 73-69. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs) Auburn forward Horace Spencer (0) defends a shot by Tennessee forward Grant Williams (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett) Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, right, goes up for a shot against Ohio State forward Kyle Young during an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 10, 2019. Wisconsin won 73-67 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, left, grabs a rebound against Ohio State forward Kyle Young during an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 10, 2019. Wisconsin won 73-67 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ drives against Ohio State during an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 10, 2019. Wisconsin won 73-67 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) Purdue’s Carsen Edwards goes up for a basket against Minnesota’s Brock Stull during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Tennessee’s Grant Williams (2) and Auburn’s Chuma Okeke (5) dive after a loose ball in the second half of the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference championship game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Tennessee forward Grant Williams (2) shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes talks with his players, from left, Jordan Bowden (23), Kyle Alexander (11), Lamonte Turner (1) and Grant Williams (2) during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against LSU, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. LSU won in overtime 82-80.(AP Photo/Bill Feig) Oregon’s Kenny Wooten celebrates during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Washington in the final of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) South Region Quick hits 1. Virginia (29-3). It’s safe to say the Cavaliers won’t be looking past their first game after becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed last year. Virginia again is one of the nation’s best defensive teams and also has some punch offensively in the backcourt. 2. Tennessee (29-5). The experienced Volunteers are among the field-goal percentage leaders on offense and defense. That’s usually a formula for success in the tournament, but Tennessee struggles at times from the outside. Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield make this a dangerous team. 3. Purdue (23-9). The Boilermakers are much better than early in the season when they started 6-5. Coach Matt Painter’s team defends well and has a post presence in 7-foot-3-inch Matt Haarms and an elite shooter in Ryan Cline. Carsen Edwards is a standout player but an inconsistent shooter. 4. Kansas State (25-8). It seems as if the Wildcats constantly deal with question marks about the health of star forward Dean Wade, who missed the Big 12 Tournament with a foot injury and is awaiting a diagnosis concerning his availability. Kansas State did get Cartier Diarra back after he missed eight games with a hand injury. He had 15 points in a semifinal loss to Iowa State. 5. Wisconsin (23-10). Ethan Happ is a legitimate star despite his woes at the free-throw line. The 6-foot-10-inch senior shoots better from the field (53.1 percent) than the line (46.5). That could haunt the Badgers in close games when he becomes a liability on the floor. As usual, Wisconsin is defense-oriented. 6. Villanova (25-9). The Wildcats regressed slightly after winning two of the past three national championships, but still won the Big East regular-season and tournament titles. They will go as far as their strong outside shooting takes them. 7. Cincinnati (28-6). Mick Cronin is starting to develop a bit of a reputation as a great regular-season coach whose teams fizzle in March. His Bearcats lost to UNR in the round of 32 last season, but have more offense this season to go with their suffocating defense. 8. Mississippi (20-12). The Rebels lost four of their final five games, but they have exceeded expectations after being picked last in the Southeastern Conference preseason poll. 9. Oklahoma (19-13). Former UNLV coach Lon Kruger is back in the tournament, but this year without last year’s star freshman Trae Young. This year’s Sooners team is built on a foundation of defense, which is more in line with Kruger’s traditional mindset. Kruger has to be feeling pretty fortunate about a No. 9 seed after finishing 7-11 in the Big 12. 10. Iowa (22-11). The Hawkeyes limped home with four straight losses to close the regular season. Fran McCaffery’s squad continues to struggle on defense, and it has cost them often. 11. Saint Mary’s (22-11). Coach Randy Bennett orchestrated a virtuoso defensive performance in a win over No. 1-ranked Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference Tournament at Orleans Arena and must be on top of his game again for a Gaels team lacking the star power of the past. Expect Saint Mary’s to continue to play a slow pace with star point guard Jordan Ford running the offense. 12. Oregon (23-12). The Ducks team that crushed the competition at the Pac 12 Tournament didn’t look much like the one that scuffled during league play. Coach Dana Altman plays steady veteran point guard Payton Pritchard with four 6-foot-9-inch players with plenty of athleticism, and it has resulted in eight straight wins. Imagine how good this team could be had star Bol Bol, who played his senior year of high school at Findlay Prep, stayed healthy. He was injured early in the season and didn’t return. 13. UC Irvine (30-5). The Anteaters will be a popular upset pick in brackets around the country. They dominated the Big West Conference on their way to a top-5 national ranking in field-goal percentage defense. They have won 16 straight games. 14. Old Dominion (26-8). The Monarchs return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. Coach Jeff Jones needs to find complementary players to take pressure off stars Ahmad Caver and B.J. Stith. 15. Colgate (24-10). The Raiders received the Patriot League bid over bigger names Lehigh and Bucknell, but they didn’t steal anything. Colgate won the regular-season title, then defeated the Bison in the tournament championship game. The Raiders have shooters at all positions. 16. Gardner-Webb (23-11). This is the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The undersized Bulldogs shoot the ball well and went 2-1 against Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Four players to watch Grant Williams, Tennessee: Williams shares headlines with teammate Admiral Schofield, but he stands out as the better player through traditional numbers as the team’s top scorer and rebounder and advanced metrics as its most efficient player by a wide margin. He’s the first back-to-back SEC player of the year in more than two decades. Kenny Wooten, Oregon: If you think his scoring and rebounding stats should disqualify him from this list, you probably haven’t watched the Ducks. Wooten is far from polished on offense, as he pretty much runs the baseline looking to catch lobs. But he’s a difference maker on defense, averaging two blocked shots a game and altering countless others. His presence was a major factor in the Ducks’ run to the Pac-12 title at T-Mobile Arena. Ethan Happ, Wisconsin: Sure, he’s worth watching simply because he’s one of the nation’s best players, with averages of 17.5 points and 10.1 rebounds. The Badgers love to run their offense through him in the post. But the real fun is watching him try to make free throws. Expect teams to foul him late in games. Carsen Edwards, Purdue: Some of the shots he takes are confounding, even though he makes some of them. There’s never a dull moment with Edwards, who is the definition of a player with no conscious. When he’s on, Purdue is tough to beat. Three best potential matchups Virginia vs. Gardner Webb, first round: It couldn’t happen again, could it? The Cavaliers are playing a No. 16 seed again after last year’s embarrassment. If Virginia struggles at all, the pressure will mount fast. Oregon vs. UC Irvine, round of 32: It seems every year that there is one spot in the bracket that features double-digit seeds meeting after scoring first-round upsets. The potential is there for these teams. Virginia vs. Tennessee, Elite Eight: There will be so much orange in this game that the NCAA should think about changing the color of the ball. The Cavaliers’ defense is suffocating, but could be put to the test against an elite Volunteers offense. Two bracket busters Oregon: The Ducks that showed up at the Pac-12 Tournament are capable of winning multiple games. Point guard Payton Pritchard is an extension of coach Dana Altman on the floor, running the offense to perfection. UC Irvine: Coach Russell Turner’s team was the class of the Big West, winning the regular-season and tournament titles. The Anteaters are every bit as good as expected. Left standing Virginia: The Cavaliers endured a year of mockery after losing to University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the first round last year. But they recovered to share the ACC regular-season title with North Carolina this season. They have several consistent scoring options while maintaining an elite defense. They also have a favorable draw.
20 Mar 19
Augusta Free Press

It’s that time of year. The greatest time of year for a sports fan. The NCAA Tournament.The premise is simple: One sentence explaining every pick, from the first game of the tournament — Louisville vs. Minnesota — to the finale three-and-a-half weeks later in Minneapolis. Let the madness begin.

20 Mar 19
Giants Wire

The New York Giants have filled several holes this offseason, but their work has only just begun. Here’s a look a six holes they still need to fill.

20 Mar 19
Jason Gaston

I’ve come to the conclusion that, as a society, we don’t worry about things enough. Because of this insane assumption that is backed up with absolutely nothing, I’ve decided to provide you with a list of things that you didn’t know want to kill you and are so huge that there’s not a darn thing you can do about it.

20 Mar 19
College Football News

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20 Mar 19
Adam Hutchins

Sooners’ pitching, defense shine as UNM walks 11, commits two errors

20 Mar 19
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