October 30, 2014

Joe Mixon Reaches Plea Deal, Avoids Jail Time

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon issued an apology and entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge for punching a woman at a Norman restaurant on July 25.

In an Alford plea, a defendant can maintain that he is innocent but allow a court to pronounce him guilty, acknowledging that sufficient evidence exists for a jury to find him guilty.

Mixon received a one-year deferred sentence, will be responsible for 100 hours of community service and will have to partake in cognitive behavior counseling. He entered an Alford plea on the charge of acts resulting in gross injury/outraging public decency.

October 29, 2014

WBB: Sooner Scrimmage Set For Thursday

Join the OU Women’s Basketball team for its annual scrimmage at the Lloyd Noble Center Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. Admission is free for the event and doors will open at 5 p.m.

The event will allow fans a sneak preview of the Sooners - which includes seven returnees, two returning redshirts and six newcomers – for an intrasquad scrimmage. OU head coach Sherri Coale, in her 19th year at the helm, will introduce the squad and wear a microphone during the event to describe the action on the court.

Fans of all ages attending the event are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes and kids 12 and under will be able to Trick-or-Treat with the Sooners around the Lloyd Noble Center concourse.

Additionally, the 2014-15 schedule poster will be given away and the 6th Man Award will be presented.

Members of the Fast Break Club are invited to remain afterwards for their annual autograph session and pizza dinner with the team following the event.

To join the OU Fast Break Club, call the OU women's basketball office at (405) 325-8322. Benefits of membership include an OU Women’s Basketball newsletter and media guide, invitations to select pre-season and post-season events including luncheons with Sherri Coale, and the opportunity to play in the Fast Break Club Golf Tournament.

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Report: Surveillance Video of Joe Mixon Altercation Will Not Be Released As Scheduled

Surveillance video showing an altercation involving freshman Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and a female at a Norman, Oklahoma restaurant will not be released as scheduled, according to a local media report.

It's unclear when the video will be released to the public, it was scheduled to be released on November 1st by the Cleveland County District Attorney's office after multiple open records request by members of the media.

Mixon, 18, who was originally scheduled for trial on October 27th, is now expected for a jury trial mid-January of 2015.

October 28, 2014

Cross Country: Sooners Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

Led by junior Brandon Doughty and sophomore Kelsey McKee, who received special recognition for 4.00 grade point averages, eight members of the University of Oklahoma men’s and women’s cross country teams were named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country Team, the conference announced Tuesday.

Senior Alex Deir (communication), Doughty (multidisciplinary studies), sophomore Eric Graf (communication), sophomore Elena Arriaza (health and exercise science), McKee (Spanish) and sophomore Bryce Perry (management) earned first-team honors while sophomore Jacob Burcham(mechanical engineering) and sophomore Kyle Polman (accounting) were named to the second team.

It is Doughty’s third consecutive appearance on the first team and Graf’s first appearance with the first team after being named to the second team in 2013 as a redshirt freshman. McKee, Perry, Arriaza, Burcham and Polman were named to the Big 12 Rookie All-Academic team as true freshmen in 2014 for cross country and track and field.

October 27, 2014

October 26, 2014

Gerald McCoy Signs Mega Extension Worth Nearly $100M

Tampa Bay announced on Saturday that star defensive tackle and former Sooner Gerald McCoy signed a seven-year extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the pact is worth up to $98 million with a base of $95.2 million and $51.5 million in guarantees, according to a source who has seen the contract.

The deal keeps McCoy under contract in Tampa through 2021 and -- for now -- maintains him as the league's highest-paid defensive tackle.

It's a massive amount of money for a player set to anchor Tampa's defense for years to come. Rapoport was told that McCoy and the Bucs exchanged countless proposals, working tirelessly on the extension since before training camp. Both sides wanted this to happen. (NFL.com)


October 23, 2014

Prosecution's Request to Remove Judge From Adrian Peterson Case Denied

A Texas judge swept aside a possible block Wednesday to a Dec. 1 trial for former Sooner and Minnesota Vikings MVP Adrian Peterson’s felony child abuse case.

Retired Texas Judge Jeff Walker declined the prosecution’s request to take Judge Kelly Case off the case.

Montgomery County, Texas, prosecutors had claimed Case is biased against their office. District Attorney Brett Ligon noted that Case had recently referred to him as a “media whore.” Peterson’s defense attorneys wanted to keep Case on the bench, saying the prosecutor hadn’t met the high standard necessary to remove the judge.

Baseball: Free Halloween Game to be Played Oct. 30

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The University of Oklahoma baseball team and head coach Pete Hughes invite the community out to L. Dale Mitchell Park for the team’s Second Annual ALS Awareness Halloween Game on Thursday, October 30 at 6:00 pm. Admission is free for fans and kids of all ages, who are encouraged to arrive in costume. The Sooners will take the field for an intra-squad scrimmage dressed in costume for the event.

Kids attending the game in costume will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat at the field and meet with players. Kids in costume will also be invited down to the field for a picture with the team at the conclusion of the game. Gates will open at 5:00 pm.

Last year an estimated 600 fans were on hand as familiar characters from Monsters, Inc., The Flintstones, Batman and Robin and more played between the lines. The game is the centerpiece of OU’s #StrikeoutALS campaign. The game will count as one of the team’s community service projects in its 2014-15 19 Ways campaign, an effort to impact the Norman community in 19 different ways throughout the academic year.

October 22, 2014

Coach Sherri Coale and Players Talk Upcoming Season at Annual OU Media Day

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The Oklahoma women’s basketball team officially began the 2014-2015 season with its first official practice on the floor of the Lloyd Noble Center Monday.

Head coach Sherri Coale and the Sooners gathered with members of the media in the Chesapeake Courtside Club above the practice facility of the Lloyd Noble Center for the Sooners’ annual media day before hitting the hardwood for their first full practice of the year.

“We have had a couple of training camps,” Coale said. “We have a defensive training camp and an offensive training camp where we go four days a week for each. That’s the look that we have had primarily. They have great energy; they seem to have a great deal of confidence and great chemistry together. We’re just young, unproven and we have to earn our way.”

The Sooners’ fifteen-person roster features five freshmen and six sophomores. Many of those youngsters are expected to play key roles for the Coale’s squad. One place that youth will be on display is at point guard, where freshman Gabbi Ortiz, sophomore T’ona Edwards and redshirt sophomore Maddie Manning are competing for the starting job.

Ford, Walker Expected to Return to Practice This Week

OU coach Bob Stoops anticipates running back Keith Ford returning to practice this week. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said defensive lineman Charles Walker is expected to return from a sprained knee this week, too.

The Sooners have been without Ford for the last four games. He was their leading rusher in the first three games, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and scoring five touchdowns.

Walker hasn’t played since suffering a knee sprain against Tulsa on Sept. 6. (Norman Transcript)


Former Sooner Blake Griffin Accused of Slapping Man at Las Vegas Club

Former Sooner Blake Griffin has been accused of slapping a 39-year-old man inside a nightclub in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Here's what we know ... a man named Daniel says he was partying at Tao nightclub in the Venetian in the early hours of October 19th when he tried to take a cell phone pic of the crowd.

According to a statement Daniel gave to Tao security, the man says Blake (who was partying at the club with his L.A. Clippers teammates) was bothered by the flash of the camera -- and "grabbed my phone with one hand."

October 21, 2014

OU Men's Basketball Ranked No. 19 in USA Today Coaches Poll

Preseason recognition for the University of Oklahoma men's basketball team continues to roll in. The Sooners are ranked No. 19 in the initial 2014-15 USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll.

OU's No. 19 position in the poll marks its first preseason ranking since the 2009-10 season when it was No. 16 in the coaches poll and No. 17 in the AP version.

The Sooners are one of four Big 12 teams that appear in the top 20. Fellow league members Kansas (No. 5), Texas (No. 10) and Iowa State (No. 14) are also ranked.

OU returns four starters and 68 percent of its scoring and 70 percent of its rebounding from last year's Big 12 runner-up squad, which finished 23-10 overall and earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Sooners averaged 81.9 points a game in 2013-14, the nation's seventh highest figure and the program's highest in 20 years.

Running Back Joe Mixon's Trial Likely Delayed Until December

The misdemeanor trial for Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 27 but could be delayed into December.

At a jury selection hearing Monday at the Cleveland County Courthouse, district judge Steven Stice scheduled a Friday pretrial hearing where the date of the trial will become clearer.

Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, estimated the trail could take between five and seven days. Assistant district attorney Tyler Box estimated it would take three to four days.

October 19, 2014

Former Sooner DeMarco Murray Sets NFL Record

With a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, former Sooner DeMarco Murray became the first running back in NFL history to open a season with seven straight 100-yard games.

Previously, Hall of Famer Jim Brown opened the 1958 season with six straight 100-yard games for the Cleveland Browns.

Murray finished with 128 yards rushing to eclipse Brown.

Murray entered Sunday's game against the New York Giants on pace for more than 2,000 yards and 424 carries, which would be a single-season record. (More at ESPN Dallas)

October 17, 2014

Sooners Football Chaplain Arrested on Larceny, Drug Complaints

The chaplain for the University of Oklahoma football team was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly lured a man from his house by offering a bogus vehicle test drive and then stealing prescription medications while the man was gone.

Kent Bowles, 45, of Norman, who also serves as regional representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a national sports ministry, was arrested on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, larceny, concealment of stolen property and obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check or false pretenses.

Norman police were called about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday to a disturbance in the 2000 block of Morning Dew Trail and entered a house after hearing sounds of distress.

October 15, 2014

Bob Stoops Unhappy With Zack Sanchez's Show of Support for Suspended Teammate

In Saturday's game, cornerback Zack Sanchez wrote “Free Frank Shannon” on his headband and had “Free Baker” on his eye black. Of course, both statements are referring to players the Sooners don't have available to them this year. The school has suspended Shannon for the year, while Mayfield's absence is due to an NCAA ruling.

Bob Stoops said on the Big 12 teleconference he was unaware of that during the game, but addressed the issue during his press conference.

“They shouldn't be (making those statements); I don't like that,” Stoops said. “I stand by the university and what we've done and that will be addressed. Nothing team related is to be made public and that's the same on social media. I would regard that as social media. The team matters are to be with us, period.” (News9)


OU Men's Basketball Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale

Single-game tickets for the majority of the 2014-15 Oklahoma men's basketball season will go on sale Wednesday at 8 a.m. CT.

Fans may purchase tickets to 14 of OU's 16 Lloyd Noble Center contests beginning at that time. Tickets for the Jan. 17 Oklahoma State and March 7 Kansas games will go on sale Dec. 1 (OSU and KU tickets may be obtained now with the purchase of a season ticket or a six-game mini plan).

Tickets for Wednesday's single-game sale are available in three main price levels:

WBB: Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale

Single-game tickets for the 2014-15 Oklahoma women’s basketball home slate will go on Sale Wednesday at 8 a.m. CT.

Fans may purchase tickets to 13 of OU’s 14 contests at the Lloyd Noble Center beginning at that time. More information will be coming in the future regarding tickets to the Feb. 4 Iowa State game due to it being part of the Sooner Jr. F.A.N.S Field Trip Day.

Tickets for Wednesday’s single-game sale are available in the following price levels:

October 14, 2014

Soccer: Sooners Snag Another Weekly Honor

For the second week in a row and fourth week this season, OU soccer has at least one Big 12 award winner.

Chelsea Jackson became the fourth Sooner this season to capture weekly honors from the conference office on Tuesday. Jackson was named Newcomer of the Week after posting her second career goal against TCU last Sunday.

Oklahoma now leads the conference in Newcomer of the Week awards (three) and overall weekly honors (six) this season. No other Big 12 team owns more than four awards this season.

Jackson notched her second goal of the season last weekend, meeting a cross in front of the box and heading it past the goalie to give OU the lead in the 28th minute against TCU. The freshman forward came off the bench versus the Horned Frogs to see 69 minutes of action, anchoring an offense that sent 14 shots at its opponent. Jackson is OU's third true freshman to net multiple goals for the Sooners in 2014.

Zack Sanchez Earns Big 12 POW Honors

The Big 12 Conference announced Monday that sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Sanchez tied a career high with eight tackles and returned an interception for a 43-yard touchdown in a 31-26 victory vs. Texas. He leads the Big 12 with five interceptions on the season.

Sanchez was named a Freshman All-America selection in 2013 and registered his first career interception in a 41-31 victory at Kansas State. He returned that ball for a 74-yard touchdown. Dating back to that contest, he owns seven interceptions over the last nine games, the best mark of any FBS player over that span. The Ft. Worth, Texas, native has 25 tackles (18 solo) and three pass breakups to go with a blocked PAT return that resulted in two points.

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October 8, 2014

Sooner Baseball Family Golf Tournament Set For November 7

Oklahoma baseball coach Pete Hughes has set his program’s Sooner Baseball Family Golf Tournament for November 7 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course. Later that day, the Sooners will take the field for a scrimmage against Trinity (TX) University at 6:00 pm at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Registration for the golf tournament is open until October 15. On the day of the event, registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 am followed by a 9:00 am shotgun start. Space is limited to 25 teams.

The evening scrimmage against Trinity, where coach Hughes made his head coaching debut in 1997, will serve as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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October 1, 2014

2014-15 OU Wrestling Roster

2014-15 University of Oklahoma wrestling roster

Hometown (Prev School)
Blackwell, Trae - 141 Fr. Morganfield, Ky. (Union County High School)
Brewer, Cody 5-7 133 RJr. Kansas City, Mo. (Oak Park High School)
Brown, Michael 6-0 285 Sr. Noble, Okla. (Oklahoma City University) (Noble High School)
Climmons, Brooks 5-9 184 Fr. Marietta, Ga. (Olympic Training Center) (Pope High School)
DeAngelis, Justin 5-8 157 RSr. Tulsa, Okla. (Jenks High School)
Dennis, Dalton 5-6 141 RJr. Clearwater, Fla. (Northside Christian School)
Dennis, Dryden 5-9 149 RSo. Clearwater, Fla. (Northside Christian School)
Dixon, Andrew - 197 Fr. Edmond, Okla. (Edmond North High School)
Dixon, Joel 6-0 184 Fr. Edmond, Okla. (Edmond North High School)
Dixon, Lance 6-0 174 Fr. Edmond, Okla. (Edmond North High School)
Drulman, Stone 6-1 197 So. Allen, Texas (Allen High School)
Glass, Clark 5-11 165 RSo. Brandon, Fla. (Brandon High School)
Iacovelli, Alec 5-10 165 Jr. Ithaca, N.Y. (Ithaca High School)
Inbody, Brice 5-10 174 Fr. Tulsa, Okla. (Bishop Kelley High School)
Johnson, Brad 6-2 197 RSo. Lockport, Ill. (Lockport Township High School)
Larson, Ross 6-3 285 RSo. Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny High School)
Marek, Nathan - 174 Fr. Moore, Okla. (Southmoore High School)
Mateo, Nate - 157 Jr. Santa Ana, Calif. (Santa Ana College) (Foothill High School)
McCauley, Garrison 5-10 165 RSo. Comanche, Okla. (Comanche High School)
McDermett, Josh 5-7 133 Fr. Charleston, S.C. (Academic Magnet High School)
Merrill, Zach 6-4 285 RSr. Bermuda Dunes, Calif. (California Baptist University) (Palm Desert High School)
Millhof, Ryan - 125 Fr. Suwanee, Ga. (Collins Hill High School)
Reed, Matt 5-11 174 RSo. Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Heights High School)
Rubio, Jacob 5-3 133 Fr. Amarillo, Texas (Randall High School)
Schieber, Jared 5-8 165 Fr. Newkirk, Okla. (Newkirk High School)
Shotts, Rex - 285 Fr. Brentwood, Tenn. (Ravenwood High School)
Teaney, Noah 5-9 141 Fr. Kansas City, Mo. (Oak Park High School)
Townsend, Jon Wayne 5-8 133 RFr. Comanche, Okla. (Comanche High School)
Tucker, Shayne 5-11 149 RFr. Sacramento, Calif. (Bella Vista High School)
Williams, Sean 5-4 125 So. Tulare, Calif. (Lemoore High School)
Wingbermuehle, Brock 5-7 157 Fr. Imperial, Mo. (Seckman High School)

WBB: Peyton Little Tabbed As Preseason Newcomer of the Year

Oklahoma’s Peyton Little was tabbed the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preseason Newcomer of the Year, announced by the conference office Wednesday. The award was chosen by the leagues head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Little, a transfer from Texas A&M, hits the courts in a Sooner uniform for the first time this season after sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer rules.

The redshirt sophomore played in all 35 games as a freshman with Texas A&M in 2012-13 where she averaged 4.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 15.0 minutes per game. The 5-11 guard made 53-of-155 field goals (.342) and 25-of-98 3-pointers (.255). Little also totaled 32 assists and made 15 steals.

The Abilene, Texas native is one of two returning OU redshirts in 2014-15, joining redshirt sophomore Maddie Manning. Little and Madding add to the depth of seven returning letterwinners. The Sooners also welcome six newcomers.

Along with Little, both Bria Holmes (West Virginia) and Ariel Atkins (Texas) picked up Big 12 Conference awards. Holmes was named the Preseason Player of the Year and Atkins picked up Preseason Freshman of the Year.

The Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll will be announced on Oct. 8.

Oklahoma tips off its season Wednesday, Nov. 5, with an exhibition game against Southeastern Oklahoma State at the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by Sooner Sports TV.

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2014-15 OU Wrestling Schedule

2014-15 University of Oklahoma wrestling schedule.

Date Opponent Location Time (CT) Results
  Sat, Nov 01  Baker/Shorter/OCU Norman (LNC)   9:00 a.m. W 50-0, W 34-6, W 40-4 
  Sun, Nov 02  OCU Open at Oklahoma City   All Day
  Sat, Nov 08  Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational at Brockport, N.Y.   TBA First, 173.5 points 
  Sat, Nov 22  Cornell at Ithaca, N.Y.   5:30 p.m. 13 - 21 (L) 
  Sat, Nov 29  Rutgers at Troy, N.Y.   10:30 a.m. 18 - 20 (L) 
  Sat, Nov 29  Missouri at Troy, N.Y.   1:30 p.m. 9 - 27 (L) 
  Sun, Dec 07  Oklahoma State at Stillwater, Okla.   2:00 p.m. 11 - 25 (L) 
  Sun, Dec 21  Reno Tournament of Champions at Reno, Nev.   TBA Sixth, 77.5 points 
  Tue, Dec 30  Aloha Open at Honolulu, Hawaii   TBA
  Thu, Jan 08  American at Washington, D.C.   7:00 p.m.

  Sun, Jan 11  Hofstra at Long Island, N.Y.   TBA
  Fri, Jan 16  NC State Norman   7:00 p.m.
  Sun, Jan 18  West Virginia * Norman   2:00 p.m.
  Sat, Jan 31  Iowa State * Norman   2:00 p.m.
  Sun, Feb 01  Oregon State Norman   2:00 p.m.
  Fri, Feb 06  Wyoming Norman   7:00 p.m.
  Sun, Feb 08  Oklahoma State * Norman   2:00 p.m.
National Duals
  Sun, Feb 15  National Duals (UTC) at Chattanooga, Tenn.   TBA
  Sun, Feb 22  National Duals Finals at Iowa City, Iowa   TBA
  Sat, Mar 07  Big 12 Championship * at Ames, Iowa   TBA
  Thu, Mar 19 -
 Sat, Mar 21
 NCAA Championships at St. Louis, Mo.   TBA
* Conference Games

2014-15 OU Women's Basketball Schedule

2014-15 University of Oklahoma Women's Basketball schedule.

Date Opponent Location Time (CT) Results Media
  Wed, Nov 05  Southeastern Oklahoma State (Exh.) Norman   7:00 p.m. 106 - 59 (W)  Sooner Sports TV
  Fri, Nov 14  Washington Norman   7:00 p.m. 90 - 80 (W)  FCSC
  Tue, Nov 18  Lamar Norman   7:00 p.m. 100 - 73 (W)  FCSC
  Fri, Nov 21  Bradley Norman   7:00 p.m. 104 - 55 (W)  FCSC 
  Thu, Nov 27  South Florida at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands   7:15 p.m. 68 - 83 (L)    No TV
  Fri, Nov 28  Kentucky at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands   5:00 p.m. 88 - 92 (L) OT    No TV
  Sat, Nov 29  Illinois at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands   5:00 p.m. 78 - 76 (W) OT    No TV
  Sun, Dec 07  North Texas at Denton, Texas   11:00 a.m. 68 - 39 (W)  FOX Sports Network
  Sun, Dec 14  Arkansas-Little Rock at Little Rock, Ark.   4:00 p.m. 62 - 66 (L)    No TV
  Wed, Dec 17  Duke at Durham, N.C.   5:30 p.m. 72 - 92 (L)  ESPN3
  Sun, Dec 21  Arkansas at Little Rock, Ark.   3:00 p.m. 64 - 71 (L)  SEC Network
  Tue, Dec 30  Yale Norman   7:00 p.m. 71 - 54 (W)  FSSW+/FCSC
  Sun, Jan 04  West Virginia * Norman   3:30 p.m. 71 - 60 (W)  FOX Sports 1
  Wed, Jan 07  Kansas * at Lawrence, Kan.   7:00 p.m. 69 - 57 (W)  JTV/ESPN3
  Sat, Jan 10  Texas Tech * at Lubbock, Texas   2:00 p.m.
  No TV
  Wed, Jan 14  Texas * Norman   7:00 p.m.
Sooner Sports TV
  Sat, Jan 17  TCU * at Fort Worth, Texas   1:00 p.m.
  Mon, Jan 19  Oklahoma State * Norman   3:30 p.m.
FOX Sports 1
  Sat, Jan 24  Texas Tech * Norman   3:00 p.m.
Sooner Sports TV 
  Thu, Jan 29  Texas * at Austin, Texas   6:00 p.m.
FOX Sports 1
  Sun, Feb 01  West Virginia * at Morgantown, W. Va.   1:00 p.m.
  Wed, Feb 04  Iowa State * Norman   10:30 a.m.
Sooner Sports TV
  Sat, Feb 07  Kansas State * Norman   2:00 p.m.
Sooner Sports TV 
  Wed, Feb 11  Baylor * at Waco, Texas   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Feb 14  TCU * Norman   3:00 p.m.
Sooner Sports TV 
  Tue, Feb 17  Iowa State * at Ames, Iowa   8:00 p.m.
FOX Sports 1
  Sat, Feb 21  Kansas State * at Manhattan, Kan.   7:00 p.m.
Time Warner Sports
  Wed, Feb 25  Baylor * Norman   7:00 p.m.
Sooner Sports TV
  Sat, Feb 28  Kansas * Norman   7:00 p.m.
Sooner Sports TV
  Mon, Mar 02  Oklahoma State * at Stillwater, Okla.   7:00 p.m.
Fox Southwest
* Conference Games

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