Oklahoma MBB’s road woes continue; LeBron James advises Trae Young

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Welcome to the Wednesday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

Oklahoma falls in early rankings

ESPN dropped Oklahoma in its way-too-early top 25 after National Signing Day. The Sooners fell from No. 4 to No. 5 in the rankings, but Georgia jumped them and moved to No. 3. Georgia, of course, posted the nation’s top recruiting class.

The Sooners also rank behind Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State in the early top 25, but lead all Big 12 teams. Oklahoma is down nine starters, including three unanimous All-Americans. However, ESPN acknowledges that Oklahoma could still be excellent if Kyler Murray lives up to the hype.

Other headlines:

  • DieHards analyst John Shinn broke down Oklahoma’s recruiting success in the state of Texas. The Sooners need to continue the momentum to build on national prominence
  • Pro Football Focus broke down Baker Mayfield’s success on deep passes, and the numbers are staggering. No matter what part of the field he’s targeting, Mayfield’s passer rating is more than 20 points above the national average.

Sooners fall to Red Raiders

Oklahoma lost its seventh consecutive game on the road, as the Sooners fell 88-78 to No. 7 Texas Tech in Lubbock. Trae Young managed just 19 points on 4-for-16 shooting. Christian James added 23 points and 4 3-pointers in the loss.

The Sooners shot just 31.8 percent from the 3-point line, and allowed the Red Raiders to shoot 48.4 percent from the floor and hit 11 3-pointers. Keenan Evans scored 26 points for Texas Tech. With the loss, Oklahoma has lost four consecutive games overall. The Sooners are now tied for No. 5 in the Big 12 with Baylor, and will almost certainly fall out of the AP Top 25.

LeBron advises Trae

NBA superstar LeBron James believes star point guard Trae Young does not have a decision to make. When asked whether Young should go pro after his freshman season, James said Young “better go pro” when his freshman year ends.

Young is averaging 29.5 points and 9.4 assists per game for the Sooners. He leads the nation in both categories by wide margins. However, getting this kind of endorsement from one of the greatest players to ever play basketball will almost certainly stick with the freshman.

Other headlines:

  • Men’s gymnast Genki Suzuki earned MPSF Gymnast of the Week for his performance in a win against Iowa over the weekend. It’s the third week that a Sooner has won the award, after Yul Moldauer earned it the first two weeks.
  • Women’s tennis has a match against North Texas at 3 p.m. CT on Wednesday afternoon.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin

Head coach Lincoln Riley

Quarterback Baker Mayfield

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