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High Noon Highlights (1/15): Oklahoma State Baseball is having fun with Ventura coming back

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Oklahoma State Baseball’s Twitter account has some fun:

When on of the greatest to ever play at your university announces he’s coming back, you’re going to have some fun with it. Robin Ventura has announced that he’s coming back to Oklahoma State and be a student assistant. Yesterday they made this brilliant move.

This is so good. They also had this.

Props to the creative and social media teams for making the most out of a huge announcement. What recruit wouldn’t want to come play baseball for Oklahoma State after seeing that. Ventura is a huge name across baseball and it’s fantastic this team is going to get to utilize him.

Hubbard’s return could be a Big 12 Title run for the Cowboys:

Oklahoma State fans got some huge news on Monday when Chuba Hubbard announced that he would return to Stillwater for another year. Jeremy Kolok for the O’Colly wrote about what that means as far as possibilities for the 2020 team.

With All-American wide receiver Tylan Wallace’s New Year’s Day announcement that he’d return to school because he’s “after a Big 12 Championship in 2020,” and believes OSU has “the team to do it,” and the Cowboys expecting to return starting quarterback Spencer Sanders, Hubbard’s announced return has Cowboy fans throwing around the term “Big 12 Championship” with sincerity for the first time since Mason Rudolph and James Washington roamed campus.

In Hubbard and Wallace, OSU returns the only duo in the country with at least 2,500 career rushing yards and at least 2,500 career receiving yards. The Cowboys also expect to return 10 of 11 defensive starters and 21 of 22 defensive players from the two-deep Texas Bowl depth chart.{O’Colly}

Men’s Basketball trying to find confidence again:

There’s no denying that the Cowboys are having trouble offensively right now. And with the Texas Longhorns coming in tonight, Hallie Hart says they have to find their confidence.

The Longhorns (11-4, 1-2) lost their first two conference games, but they will roll into Gallagher-Iba Arena with momentum from their 64-50 victory against Kansas State on Saturday. As the Cowboys plan to face Texas, they are putting a greater emphasis on shooting in practice, a key step in possibly creating an offensive turnaround.

“You can’t score 40 and win,” Boynton said. “That’s just the bottom line. So we’ve got to find a way to get these guys believing in themselves a little bit more, and hopefully, Wednesday will be a start to that.”{O’Colly}

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