Dean's List: Thursday, May 21
FOR PETE'S SAKE, SOONERS WIN
It's been a rough go for OU skipper Pete Hughes. A health scare, a notch below his Bedlam rival and a disappointing loss as the three seed in the first game of the Big 12 Baseball Tournament. Ineffective starting pitching and allowing three unearned runs by committing three errors was not a good look against a six-seeded K-State team that did not even throw their ace, who had a pair of complete-game shutouts of Oklahoma under his belt. However, Oklahoma beat West Virginia 6-1 in the loser's bracket of the tournament. The Sooners committed two more turnovers but out-hit the Couch-Burners, 11-9.
IT'S BEEN A HOLLIDAY FOR COWBOYS BASEBALL
OSU had not hit the field at the time of this posting but let me simply say that like a good many people, I'm a fan of and have strong respect for Cowboy skip Josh Holliday. He's got a lot of his daddy's positives in him but comes without the unforced errors Papa often committed—mostly when spitting the bit and flapping the gums. That's what makes it so odd and darn near unfathomable that Pops coaches for his former rival—former OU skip and current Auburn head coach Sunny Golloway—with whom controversy always seemed to be a constant companion.
SAVE THE BULLET, IT'S JUST A SORE KNEE
We are delighted as humans and playoff fans that it appears the knee injury DeMarre Carroll of the Hawks suffered last night is not a structural problem and leaves him day-to-day. Watching Carroll wail and squirm immediately after the injury, it appeared it was such a devastating injury that not only the series would be over but that if he were a horse they might have to shoot him. Almost as bad as soccer players who go down when breathed upon and who clearly have Hollywood careers awaiting them.
BLAME IT ON THOSE ANALYTICS
I've followed the NBA closely since the mid-60s watching Wilt battle Russell, Red Auerbach battle cigars and The Big O battle a smile. I haven't seen any stats on it—and in this age of analytics you can bet there is ample info—but I'd bet my Pistol Pete autographed picture that there has never been a season where there were as many significant injuries. We wish everyone good health. But first, second, third and fourth on that list is Kevin Durant, KD, KD and KD.
LITTLE HUMP TRIUMPHANT
The son of radio legend Craig “Humpman” Humphreys redshirted this season at Tulsa after playing on Edmond North's dynasty golf program the previous three years. Sam Humphreys teamed with Draegen Majors (65-67—132) and won an event recognized by golfers in the area as one of significance—the Oklahoma Golf Association (OGA) Spring Four-Ball Championship. Tim McFarland and John Stansbury (63-67--130) won the Senior Division played at Oak Tree Country Club East Course. Little Hump is one to keep an eye on.
RUSS CAN'T FUSS … UNLESS HE WANTS TO
It's hard to imagine a point guard posting the numbers we saw from Russ Westbrook this season and for him to not make first team All-NBA. But it's harder to imagine anyone displacing Stephen Curry, who, along with LeBron, was a unanimous selection—all 129 first-team votes. Joining them were James Harden (125 first-team votes), Anthony Davis (what are the 9 voters thinking who left him off? Drug test please), and Marc Gasol (65).
Russ was joined on the second team by LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Paul, and Marc Gasol's brother Pau. Blake Griffin was voted third team along with teammate DeAndre Jordan, Tim Duncan, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving.
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