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Daily Bullets (January 13)

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Good morning. Sad news for one of our own as Rusty Hilger has been hospitalized with an aggressive cancer. You can read more about that (and help out) here if you’re inclined.

Bedlam Brutality

Berry Tramel on how OU and OSU might go 9-10 in the Big 12 this year.

And here’s the problem. This might not be a scheduling-induced disaster. The Cowboys and Sooners could spend the entire season on the bottom.

The schedule has been tough for OSU. Road games at Baylor and Texas; home games against West Virginia and Iowa State. Tough, but not brutal. The Cowboys won’t find an easier Big 12 road game than Austin, unless it’s Norman or Lubbock. [NewsOK]

I think TCU and/or Texas Tech will drop off eventually because I think OSU is more talented than both, but man, this has been a rough stretch. As good as football was for teams in Oklahoma, basketball has been just as bad.

Evans must be better

Good stuff here from Mark Cooper on why Jawun Evans has to help Jeffrey Carroll and Phil Forte in Big 12 play.

Together, they make up two of what you would call OSU’s “big three.” Now OSU needs the other star, Evans, to up his game. On Wednesday, Evans got in foul trouble, which led to inconsistent minutes and inconsistent play. He ended with 12 points and seven assists, but it came on 4-of-14 shooting, making him 6-of-26 over the last two games.

He is still distributing the ball well — leading the conference in assist rate in Big 12 play — but his turnovers have increased and his opportunities at the free-throw line have decreased. [Tulsa World]

It’s tough to sit there and say both of these things simultaneously: “Underwood just needs his guys” and “the reason OSU hasn’t won in the Big 12 is because Jawun Evans is not playing well.” Evans is about as good of a guy as Underwood can get at OSU. Those two statements do not reconcile with each other.

Self on OSU

Kansas coach Bill Self shared his thoughts on Oklahoma State, which visits Lawrence on Saturday.

“They have played a tough schedule,” Self said. “It’s certainly not a schedule you would think going into it that, if we play really well right here, we could win 3 of 4. I know everyone wants to get off to a strong start, but they have had a ridiculously hard schedule.” [Wichita Eagle]

He’s being kind … I hate patronizing Self.

Tyler Moore on coming to Stillwater

OSU gets two years of eligibility from the former Minnesota center.

“I’m really excited and really about the opportunity to play for Coach [Mike] Gundy and Coach [Greg] Adkins,” Moore added. “I actually have an uncle there that is involved in the engineering program and I don’t get to spend a lot of time with him but I am looking forward to spending more time with him. I have some relatives around the Oklahoma area. I am ecstatic to be an Oklahoma State Cowboy.” [Go Pokes — $]

Iowa-Oklahoma State this weekend

No. 1 vs. No. 3. Should be awesome. Can’t wait!

It’s not very often that a team can lose the defending Hodge Trophy (think: the Heisman, but for wrestling) winner and find themselves in better shape to win a national title, but that’s the strange state of affairs in Stillwater this year. In part that’s because last year’s champs (Penn State) have come back to the pack a bit (as we’ll discuss in a moment), but it’s also because Oklahoma State has put together an incredibly solid team. [Go Iowa Awesome]

More OSU/Sports News

Cool stuff here, Jenni Carlson went to watch Trae Young and wrote about it … Doug Meacham has been hired as the OC at … Kansas?

A high schooler!

More PFB

OSU lacks tenacity and disruption from early in the season … Who should OSU play if the Big 12 forms a scheduling alliance … 2017 RB positional preview … OSU finishes with top 20 offense in 2016.

More Stuff I’m Reading

Mail Chimp and the Un-Silicon Valley way to make it as a start-up … The greatest day in a fan’s lifeI finished my first book of 2017 (goal this year is 40, did 29 last year).

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