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Oklahoma is getting some much-needed help on the basketball court.

Oklahoma adds JUCO big man; Sooners playing for ‘high steaks’ in spring game

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

Big addition

Oklahoma men’s basketball got some much-needed help with the addition of JUCO All-American Kur Kuath, a 6-foot-9 forward from Salt Lake Community College in Utah. Kuath averaged 10.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.3 blocks while shooting 61.1 percent from the field.

Kuath is a much-needed acquisition to an Oklahoma squad that loses plenty of talent. The Sooners struggled inside during the 2017-18 season, and lost big man Khadeem Lattin. Other departures from that team include guards Kameron McGusty, Trae Young and Jordan Shepherd. Another transfer could be coming to the roster soon.

Other headlines:                                                             

  • Men’s gymnastics will enter the NCAA championships April 20 in Chicago as the No. 1 overall seed after winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship.
  • Oklahoma volleyball added three players for next season. The Sooners increased their roster with McKinney Boyd defensive specialist Aysia Harty, Liberty Christian (Texas) outside hitter Sabrina Simms and outside hitter Olga Zampati of Athens, Greece.

Spring game stakes

Oklahoma is making sure that the players are motivated for the spring game by putting something huge on the line – their stomachs. According to The Oklahoman’s Brooke Pryor, the winner of the spring game will have a much better menu than the loser. The meals haven’t been announced as yet, but they should be quite disparate.

Only one of the two halves of the spring game will be live, but the game still is expected to be quite competitive. Trent Williams and Adrian Peterson return to campus to coach the two teams. It should be one of the best spring game experiences in years.

Other headlines:                                                             

  • Fox Sports analyst Colin Cowherd believes that Baker Mayfield doesn’t have a high ceiling. Cowherd thinks Mayfield will be somewhere between Case Keenum and Johnny Manziel at the next level.
  • DieHards editor Tim Griffin broke down one of the great hypotheticals in Big 12 history – what if Oklahoma never hired legendary coach Bob Stoops?
  • Don’t say Mayfield never played against good defenses. According to SB Nation’s Jason Kirk, Mayfield actually played against more elite pass defenses than all of the other top quarterback prospects.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Coach Lincoln Riley

Former linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

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