Ryan Aber
Sports OU Athletics Reporter

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The Oklahoman, Aber worked for the Muskogee Phoenix, Southwest Times-Record in Fort Smith, Ark., and the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas.


  • Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins continues fueling Sooners but can't get last shot to fall

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Cousins’ final shot hit off the backboard and then the front of the rim before Jamari Traylor snagged the rebound, was fouled and hit one of two free throws on the other end to give the Jayhawks a 76-72 win at Lloyd Noble Center.

  • OU basketball: Taking a look at the Big 12 title race

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 16 hr ago

    With Kansas’ 76-72 win over Oklahoam on Saturday, the Sooners are in a precarious position in the Big 12 race, needing a road sweep this week — including Saturday at West Virginia — to keep from falling out of touch with the league’s leaders.

  • OU basketball: Kansas edges the Sooners again

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 19 hr ago

     NORMAN—The first meeting between Kansas and Oklahoma was the Buddy Hield Show. Saturday in the rematch, it was the Jayhawks’ Devonte’ Graham who took over. Graham scored 27 points as No. 6 Kansas beat the No. 3 Sooners 76-72 at Lloyd Noble Center.  

  • Oklahoma basketball: 'Buddy Mania' spread nationwide after first Sooners-KU game, now it's time for the rematch

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    That performance against the Jayhawks thrust Hield into the National Player of the Year race. Now, entering Saturday’s home game against Kansas (1:30 p.m., ESPN), which comes exactly one month before Selection Sunday, Hield is the prohibitive favorite to win the award.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners providing shuttles, food for students Saturday morning for ESPN College GameDay

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department wants to make it easy for student to attend Saturday morning's ESPN College GameDay. The show, which airs beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, is in town for Saturday's game between the No. 3 Sooners and No. 6 Kansas (1:30 p.m., ESPN). The game has been dubbed "The Rematch" by the network after the teams' Jan. 4 meeting in Lawrence, Kan., finishing in a 109-106 triple-overtime win for the Jayhawks. A free shuttle buses between Asp Circle on the west side of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and Lloyd Noble Center will run at 8 a.m. That pickup will include food giveaways as well as an appearance by Sooners coacj Lon Kruger and the College GameDay bus.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield named to Wooden Award list

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Coming off his game-winning 3-pointer Monday night against Texas, Oklahoma's Buddy Hield was named to the Late Season Top 20 list for the John R. Wooden Award. The award is presented to college basketball's best player with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Hield's inclusion on the list is little surprise as he's the favorite for the award and other national player of the year awards. Through 23 games, Hield is averaging 25.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists. The Freeport, Bahamas, native is the only player in the country shooting at least 50 percent from the field (51.8), 50 percent from behind the 3-point line (50) and 90 percent from the free-throw line (90.2).

  • NCAA basketball: Selection committee begins deliberation over tournament field

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    With Selection Sunday just more than a month away, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione and the other members of the selection committee are going through their annual selection orientation, which involves drawing up a bracket as if the season ended Tuesday night.

  • NCAA basketball: OU athletic director and chairman of the selection committee Joe Castiglione discusses the season so far

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, the chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, touched on several topics relating to the tournament during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. On the season so far: “To illustrate what kind of season it's been, Villanova was ranked No. 1 in this week's Associated Press poll. It became the sixth different team to sit atop that ranking. Only one other time in the history of the AP poll, which dates back to 1948, has there been more than six different teams ranked No. 1 in that poll. But the madness goes much deeper than just the top of the poll. Among the resources we use to help select and seed teams for the tournament are several computer metrics.

  • OU basketball: How coach Lon Kruger has built the program into a power

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    When Lon Kruger took over as Oklahoma basketball coach in 2011, the Sooners were coming off a 14-18 season and a second consecutive year without a postseason appearance. Kruger has steadily improved the program, missing the NCAA Tournament his first season at 15-16 but winning 20 games his second season, 23 his third and 24 last year during a Sweet 16 run. Now in Kruger's fifth season, OU has risen to No. 1 in the polls and currently sits at No. 3. Here's a look at the pieces that have helped Kruger turn the Sooners into a power: THE CULTURE Kruger didn't have to look far to build his staff at Oklahoma, bringing over longtime assistants Steve Henson and Lew Hill from UNLV, along with director of basketball

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's OU writer Ryan Aber to talk Sooners football and basketball in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • OU basketball journal: Dante Buford comes up with big play in come-from-behind win

    By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer, raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    The biggest play came in the closing seconds as Buford drew a charge on Texas’ Isaiah Taylor with the game tied and less than 20 seconds remaining to set up Buddy Hield’s game-winning 3-pointer in No. 3 Oklahoma’s 63-60 win over Texas.

  • OU basketball: Buddy Hield hits game-winner to lift Sooners over Texas 63-60

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    The Sooners trailed for much of the game and Hield was mostly cold from the field before taking over late, finishing with 27 points.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners fall to No. 3 in polls

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    After falling to Kansas State 80-69 on Saturday, previously No. 1 Oklahoma fell to No. 3 in Monday's The Associated Press poll. The Sooners still received seven first-place votes but came in behind No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Maryland. Oklahoma beat Villanova 78-55 in Hawaii on Dec. 7. Six teams received first place votes—Villanova (32), Maryland (13), No. 4 Iowa (11), No. 6 Kansas (1) and No. 7 Virginia in addition to the Sooners. Oklahoma faces No. 24 Texas at 8 p.m. Monday at Lloyd Noble Center. The Longhorns moved into the poll for the first time this season. Other Big 12 teams in the poll are West Virginia at No. 10, Iowa State at No. 14 and Baylor at No. 21. The Sooners also fell to No.

  • OU men's basketball: OU returns home to play a hot Texas club

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    The Sooners are 0-2 this season in Big Monday games. That’s the bad news. The good news? Both of those games came on the road in two of the toughest road environments in not only the Big 12 but the nation — Kansas on Jan. 4 and Iowa State on Jan. 18.

  • Oklahoma basketball journal: Spangler tweaks knee in Sooners' loss

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Spangler landed awkwardly after missing a layup in the game’s opening minute and was hobbled, but stayed in the game until nearly midway through the first half before leaving. He received some treatment on the bench and returned shortly thereafter, playing 37 minutes.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Top-ranked Sooners upset at Kansas State

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    The Sooners (19-3, 7-3 Big 12) have now lost four consecutive games in Manhattan.

  • Oklahoma football: QB Tanner Schafer to walk on for Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma might only have two eligible scholarship quarterbacks but they added another preferred walk-on quarterback Friday in Tanner Schafer. Schafer (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) joins Reece Clark and Connor McGinnis as walk-on quarterbacks for the Sooners. Schafer is from Canadian, Texas, and also was offered a preferred walk-on spot at Texas Tech. Sooners' quarterback Baker Mayfield, who walked on at both Texas Tech and Oklahoma, offered Schafer congratulations on Twitter. Say what you want about stars and rankings...But winning speaks for itself.

  • OU basketball: Buddy Hield, Ryan Spangler keep an eye on other teams, players

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Oklahoma faces Kansas State on Saturday (5 p.m., ESPNU) in Manhattan. The Sooners beat the Wildcats 86-76 in Norman on Jan. 9 but haven’t defeated Kansas State in Manhattan since 2012, before any of the players on this year’s team were on campus.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's OU writer Ryan Aber to talk about Sooners football, basketball and the 2016 football recruiting class in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma football: Jon-Michael Terry stayed true to Sooners

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Wednesday, Terry made his longstanding commitment official, signing with the Sooners and drawing heaps of praise from Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.




Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 08:57:39 PM CST Update to earlier tweet: Baylor’s impending loss to TTU means 18 (!) of this week’s top 25 lost so far this week, 14 to unranked opponents
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 08:05:31 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins continues fueling Sooners but can't get last shot to fall https://t.co/Pc4UbhDFbl
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 08:05:31 PM CST OU basketball: Taking a look at the Big 12 title race https://t.co/6RAwtXicZo
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 07:32:29 PM CST With No. 2 Maryland’s loss to Wisconsin, 17 of the top 25 have lost this week (13 to unranked opponents)
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 07:24:06 PM CST Buddy Hield #Sooners https://t.co/ZWXAXqIkJ2
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 04:50:07 PM CST @realmattmorton Absolutely. I appreciate it.
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 04:34:47 PM CST @realmattmorton Sorry, headlines auto tweet. Story is correct. I'll get that fixed.
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 03:25:52 PM CST Woodard 3 puts #Sooners up 68-66. As importantly, Frank Mason picks up 5th foul. OU up 69-66 after FT
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 03:00:36 PM CST You knew Buddy Hield would heat up eventually. He has. 2 3-pointers in quick succession and #Sooners lead 52-48 with 11:22 left
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 02:41:50 PM CST Buddy Hield hits his first FG of the game and #Sooners have their first lead since the opening minute. Up 39-38
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 02:32:30 PM CST @corneliusrneal Not really pleased with his development right now but as much about McNeace’s improvement as anything.
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 02:23:49 PM CST Also, Kansas has five players with 2 or more fouls
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 02:23:28 PM CST HALF: Kansas 38, #Sooners 33. OU has to feel good considering it shot just 2-13 from behind the arc, 8-30 overall & trailed by as many as 14
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 02:22:26 PM CST Christian James with a huge 3, #Sooners down 38-33 w/ 0.03 left in the half.
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 02:05:20 PM CST @D__Train Have to figure out a way to adjust to how they’re being defended right now. Have to get to the basket to soften things up outside
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 01:58:42 PM CST #Sooners timeout midway through the half, 20-9 Kansas. OU 0-9 from behind the arc, 2-19 from floor
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 01:52:22 PM CST Thunder coach Billy Donovan in the house for #Sooners and Kansas
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 01:45:24 PM CST All 11 rebounds so far coming by the defense. #Sooners down 10-6 early vs. Kansas. Pace is exactly what OU wants
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 01:35:05 PM CST Here. We. Go. #Sooners and KU about to get underway at Lloyd Noble Center
Ryan Aber Sat, Feb. 13 2016 01:29:13 PM CST RT @jessenewell: Credit to OU fans. Lloyd Noble is filled to brim, and there's less blue than any other time I've been here.

Advertisement