"Boos don't block dunks." -Kobe Bryant

While he hails from the same hometown as Big 12 standouts Buddy Hield and Perry Ellis, Austin’s athletic career has primarily been spent watching intramural basketball games from the end of the bench.  He has an impressive collection of Shania Twain albums that he bought to help him cope with the Thunder’s 2012 NBA Finals loss.

Twitter: @AustinOBrown

Hometown: Wichita, KS

Favorite Sports Media Journalist: Mark Titus

Favorite Athlete: Brady Heslip

Favorite Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

If you could cover any sporting event in the world, what would it be: The Final Four

Best tradition at your college: America's oldest homecoming celebration

The restaurant you most frequent in your college town: Shorty's Pizza

Best class you’ve ever taken: American Constitutional Development

College Basketball Preseason Round Table

Merry Basketballmas, friends. The best five months of the year are finally here, so we asked some of our writers to sit down and talk about what they’re most excited about for the upcoming season. Player of the Year Prediction Sean Bock: Miles Bridges. The obvious favorite this year for player of the year, Bridges […]


The Student Union Sports Podcast Episode 6: The Wonderlic Test Edition

The Student Union Sports Podcast offers you an inside look at college sports from the perspective of actual college students while also highlighting our talented student writers. Today’s show includes hot takes from Student Union writers Andrew Grimes, Brendan Smith and Austin Brown. Be sure to chirp us and let us know what you think […]


Student Union College Football Preseason Power Rankings

College football is back! Okay well not quite, but it’s close enough to start getting excited about. With kickoff just five weeks away, we are officially kicking off our preseason coverage with our first edition of our top 25 power rankings. We asked 11 of our writers to cast their ballots, and this is what […]


Bob Stoops will go down as one of the greatest to ever do it

Bob Stoops is hanging up the whistle and calling it a career after 18 seasons at Oklahoma. The winningest coach in Oklahoma’s storied history announced yesterday that he was resigning effective immediately and that offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley would be his successor. Stoops’ retirement announcement was met with an outpouring of praise from some of […]


Ishmail Wainright plays football for Baylor now and is actually good

Ishmail Wainright spent the last four years of his life putting in work on the hardwood for the Baylor basketball team. He had a solid senior season averaging 5.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals as the lone senior on the Bears’ roster. Baylor fans know Ish for his elite perimeter defense and […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 9

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. We covered a variety of topics in our final episode of […]


A look at the 10 uncommitted ESPN 100 recruits for the class of 2017

Recruiting season is winding down. The McDonald’s All-American game and the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Championship put some of the nation’s top high school basketball prospects on display in front of the entire world. Many of the young players on display will soon become household names just as Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson and Lonzo Ball […]


Student Union Study Hall Episode 8

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown, and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. 1. All-American Team Discussion 2. Bill Self and March 3. Coaching […]


Sweet 16 Matchup Preview: Baylor vs South Carolina

For most College Basketball programs, making the Sweet 16 is a tremendous achievement as well as a golden opportunity. That is certainly the case for South Carolina and Baylor, who will duke it out for a spot in the Elite 8 in their third round matchup. This is one of the biggest games in either […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 7

  Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown, and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. 1. Most Exciting Player of Tournament 2. Most Intriguing Sweet […]


Student Union College Basketball Postseason Awards

We have a very diverse range of opinions here at Student Union, but somehow we were all able to agree on three first-team All-Americans. Every single ballot submitted had Lonzo Ball, Frank Mason and Caleb Swanigan among the top-five players in the country. We also had a near-consensus on the Freshman of the Year Award […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 6

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. This Week’s Topics: 1. Final Four predictions 2. 5/12 upset watch […]


Dime a Dozen Final Bracket

Austin Brown and Jack Rogers walk through the entire bracket and give their predictions. Be sure to join the Student Union Sports bracket challenge for a chance to win cool Student Union gear.


Which coaches should you trust with your bracket?

There are thousands of different metrics you could use when filling out your bracket. Speaking from experience, no matter how much basketball you watch you will always lose your pool to someone who picked the teams based on jersey colors or how cool their mascot is. There are a number of advanced statistics websites designed […]


Sean Miller calls timeout up 11 with 0.9 seconds left; is petty as hell

Friday night was a good night for Arizona head coach Sean Miller. He watched his team execute a flawless gameplan and hold UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball to just eight points on 2-7 shooting. You would’ve thought that an 86-75 victory and a trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game would be enough for Miller, but there […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 5

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Ben Shumate, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week.   This Week’s Topics 1. Josh Jackson Suspension 2. Favorite Moment […]


Dime A Dozen Podcast: Conference Tournament Preview

Austin Brown and Jack Rogers recap the Big 12 season that was with some postseason awards (2:20), debate who should be Big 12 Coach of the Year (11:25) and preview this week’s Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City (16:30)


Student Union Study Hall Episode 4

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. This Week’s Topics: 1. Gonzaga’s first loss of the season 2. […]


Dime a Dozen Podcast: Episode 10

Austin Brown and Jack Rogers go debate where every Big 12 team stands with regards to the NCAA Tournament (3:10), whether or not Bruce Weber will be fired (15:41), answer some mailbag questions from listeners (18:28), and Jack hands out the Tyler Self walk-on of the week award (31:07)


College Basketball Trade Deadline Deals

In honor of the NBA trade deadline today, we decided to take a look at what some hypothetical trades would look like if trades existed in college basketball. Here are a few of our favorites. Kansas sends Mitch Lightfoot, Tyler Self and a game-worn toupee from Bill Self to Central Florida for 7’6″ center Tacko […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 3

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. This Week’s Topics: 1. John Calipari to the NBA? 2. Mark […]


Rejected Kansas State T-Shirt Ideas

Kansas State fans don’t get the chance to celebrate very often. They’ve never seen their football team win a BCS/New Years Six bowl, and most of them weren’t alive the last time their basketball team went to the Final Four in 1964. So when the opportunity to revel in an athletic accomplishment arises, they make […]


The Case for Tom Crean

“Fire Tom Crean!” If you’ve been on the internet for longer than about five minutes, these words have probably come across your screen more than a few times. These calls for Crean’s head seem to pop up after just about every Hoosier loss, but they are nothing new. There are several Twitter account dedicated solely […]


Bill Snyder has throat cancer; will continue coaching

America’s most beloved college football coach has been diagnosed with throat cancer. This is an excerpt from the official press release from Kansas State University. “I have been diagnosed with throat cancer and have been receiving outpatient treatment at the KU Medical Center for about three weeks and am getting along very well. The doctors […]


AL-right CBB Gambling Picks, 2/10

WEEKLY BETTING LINES, done by Luke Maiers and Austin Brown. Current Record: 17-23 What an ugly week for out betting lines when we had so much confidence. We got absolutely demolished and our lines weren’t even close. One of these weeks Austin and I will hit, though, and our funds will be in the plus […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode One

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. Todays topics include: 1) Is Duke Back? 2) Is Gonzaga the Truth? […]


Dime a Dozen Podcast: Episode 9

Student Union’s Austin Brown and Jack Rogers try to make sense of a crazy week of upsets in the Big 12. We talk about Baylor’s two heartbreaking losses to Kansas and Kansas State (0:25), Scott Drew’s unwillingness to make lineup changes (4:07), Kansas’ bizarre week and preview their upcoming rematch with Kansas State (8:30), Oklahoma […]


AL-right CBB Gambling Picks

WEEKLY BETTING LINES, done by Luke Maiers and Austin Brown who are members of Team Joey Freshwater. Current Record: 14-16 We just can’t seem to find a winning week. With that being said, I am never betting on Duke again. I should have figured that those jerks would have been just bad enough to win […]


Dime a Dozen: Episode 8

Austin Brown and Jack Rogers talk Baylor’s win over Ole Miss (3:04), Carlton Bragg’s suspension and what it means for Kansas the going forward (6:46), preview Wednesday’s Baylor-Kansas matchup (13:37), and break down who’s in and who’s officially out of the NCAA Tournament (21:10). Student Union presents the Dime a Dozen podcast with Austin Brown. […]


The top-ten college basketball programs without a title

College basketball is sort of a good ole boys club. There have been 77 NCAA Tournaments since God reached down and created the NCAA Tournament in 1939, six schools (UCLA, Kentucky, Duke, Indiana, UNC and UConn) have won 38 of them. You have to go back to Syracuse in 2003 to find the last time […]


Dime a Dozen: Episode 7

Austin Brown and Jack Rogers talk about Baylor’s brief stint at #1 (1:00), West Virginia’s inconsistency on the road (5:14), and Texas Tech’s home court advantage (8:27). Later Stephen Brunson joins to talk about Kansas State’s close calls, lineup problems, and tells his favorite Bruce Weber story (15:22). Student Union presents the Dime a Dozen […]


Siena Coach Jimmy Patsos trolls Rider after they refuse to shake hands

Siena wins 78-68. Rider walks off, no handhakes. Jimmy Patsos does the handshakes on his own, anyway. pic.twitter.com/iV4Ko2zmWo — Michael Kelly (@ByMichaelKelly) January 18, 2017 It’s been a good couple of weeks for Siena basketball coach Jimmy Patsos. His team is currently riding a 4 game winning streak, and the Saints now sit just one […]


AL-right CBB gambling picks 1/14

How are YOU coping with the sad realization that there’s no more college football? Some turn their attention to the NFL, some use the spring months as a hiatus from sports and some have no choice because they broke their televisions in a fit of rage during during the National Championship Game. One of the […]


Student Union College Basketball Mid-Season Awards

Pour some out for the first half of the college basketball season. Now that football season is over, America turns it’s eyes to the hardwood to fill the void left in their schedule. So far this year we’ve seen upsets, buzzer beaters and Grayson Allen trip a bunch of people. Here at Student Union, we’re […]


Dime a Dozen: Episode 6

Austin Brown and Jack Rogers talk Scott Drew and Baylor’s rise to the top of the polls (0:25), Kansas’ win over Kansas State (6:29), and discuss what it’s going to take to win the Big 12 this season (24:10). Student Union presents the Dime a Dozen podcast with Austin Brown. Austin and his guests talk […]


Dime a Dozen: Episode 5

Austin Brown and Jack Rogers break down the current power rankings in the Big 12 (0:55) and answer a few mail bag questions from listeners (17:38). Student Union presents the Dime a Dozen podcast with Austin Brown. Austin and his guests talk college sports with perspectives straight from college campuses across the country. Student Union’s […]


Dime a Dozen: Episode 4

Austin Brown and Jack Rogers break down Kansas’ win over Davidson and their search for a consistent lineup (0:30), Oklahoma State’s victory over Wichita State and the emergence of Jeffrey Carroll (5:59), Oklahoma’s disappointing season so far (9:04), and the biggest disappointments and surprises in the Big 12 so far (15:40). Student Union presents the […]


Which college conference could create the best NBA team?

When the ten members of the NCAA Tournament selection committee get together every March to decide the fate of 351 college basketball teams, they consider a wide array of factors. One of the most difficult factors to determine is the strength of the various conferences. Is Duke going 15-3 in the ACC more impressive than […]


Baylor fans should be excited about Matt Rhule

For the first time in over six months, I woke up optimistic about the future of Baylor football. The days since Art Briles’ firing in May have been filled with pessimism, uncertainty and a barely watchable product on the field. Baylor’s hiring of Temple’s Matt Rhule as their new head coach means that this bleeding […]


Dime a Dozen: Episode 3

Student Union’s Austin Brown and Jack Rogers break down the dominance of the Big 12 across college basketball so far (0:30), Baylor’s hot start and their case for being ranked #1 in the country (4:25), Texas’ early season struggles (9:10), disagree about the state of Kansas’ Big 12 title streak (13:15), hand out the inaugural […]


Dime a Dozen: Episode 2

Austin Brown and Jack Rogers talk Kansas’ win over Duke (2:40), Josh Jackson’s performance through the first two games (3:40), and Bill Self’s lack of physical fitness (11:15). Austin rants against AP voters (12:08), and Sam Taylor joins to discuss Baylor’s win over Oregon and his takeaways from the Bears’ season so far (13:55). Student […]


Dime a Dozen: Episode 1

Student Union presents the Dime a Dozen podcast with Austin Brown. Austin and his guests talk college sports with perspectives straight from college campuses across the country. Student Union’s goal is to provide an outlet for any student who wishes to share their media on the sports we all love! Visit StudentUnionSports.com for more information. […]


Approach the Bench: Week 8 Big 12 Golden Bench Awards

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN WHERE WE GIVE OUT AWARDS TO THE BEST (AND WORST) PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK IN THE BIG 12. Eric Taylor Coach of the Week – Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia) West Virginia is good, you guys. After starting the year as an afterthought in the Big 12, West Virginia has quietly […]


The Best Friday Night Lights QB: A Debate

Written by Austin Brown and Brooks Hepp Friday Night Lights was the single greatest television series of all time. For five glorious years, the Dillon Panthers (and later the East Dillon Lions) became America’s team. We cheered when Smash Williams extended his dislocated shoulder across the goal line at the buzzer to win state, we […]


Approach the Bench: Week 7 Big 12 Golden Bench Awards

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN WHERE WE GIVE OUT AWARDS TO THE BEST (AND WORST) PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK IN THE BIG 12. Eric Taylor Coach of the Week – Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) A lesser man might have panicked after the Sooners disastrous 1-2 start, Bob Stoops didn’t. The Sooners have put together three consecutive […]


Approach the Bench: Big 12 Power Rankings Week 7

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN WHERE WE BREAK DOWN THE POWER RANKINGS IN THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE. 1. Baylor (Last week: 1) Baylor was off this week which makes it kind of hard to bump them off the top spot. They should have an easy game against Kansas in Waco this weekend for homecoming. Thankfully […]


Approach the Bench: Week 6 Big 12 Golden Bench Awards

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN WHERE WE GIVE OUT AWARDS TO THE BEST (AND WORST) PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK IN THE BIG 12. Eric Taylor Coach of the Week – David Beaty (Kansas) It’s not often that Kansas football gets any sort of positive attention. Beaty is 1-16 since taking over as a head coach […]


Approach the Bench: Big 12 Power Rankings Week 6

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN WHERE WE BREAK DOWN THE POWER RANKINGS IN THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE. 1. Baylor (Last week: 1) Baylor barely scraped by against Iowa State on Saturday. Any time a game comes down to a Chris Callahan field goal attempt, that game is too close. Senior running back Shock Linwood was […]


Approach the Bench: Week 5 Big 12 Golden Bench Awards

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN WHERE WE GIVE OUT AWARDS TO THE BEST (AND WORST) PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK IN THE BIG 12. Eric Taylor Coach of the Week – Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) Gundy did his homework before the Texas game. He exploited the Longhorns front seven by sending Justice Hill up the middle […]


Approach the Bench: Big 12 Power Rankings Week 5

After four weeks, I have come to the conclusion that we have absolutely no idea if anybody in college football is actually good this year. We’ve already seen some predicted favorites flame out and some dark horses rise up in the rankings during the first month of the season. There is no shortage of interesting […]


Approach the Bench: Week 4 Big 12 Golden Bench Awards

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN WHERE WE GIVE OUT AWARDS TO THE BEST (AND WORST) PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK IN THE BIG 12. Week 4 was far and away the best weekend of the season for the Big 12. Big 12 teams went 4-0 against out-of-conference opponents (granted three of these wins were against high […]


Approach the Bench: Week 4 Gambling Locks

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN IN WHICH STUDENT UNION’S AUSTIN BROWN GIVES HIS TAKE ON THE BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMBLING LINES OF THE WEEK. Welcome back to your weekly excuse to troll me on Twitter. I improved my record by one game from week 2 to week 3, so if you stay with me for […]


Approach the Bench – Week 3 Big 12 Golden Bench Awards

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN WHERE WE GIVE OUT AWARDS TO THE BEST (AND WORST) PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK IN THE BIG 12. The Big 12’s street cred took another hit this weekend. The two highest ranked teams in the conference (Oklahoma and Texas) both lost on Saturday, and Oklahoma State was one play away […]


Approach the Bench – Week 3 Gambling Locks

THIS IS A WEEKLY COLUMN IN WHICH STUDENT UNION’S AUSTIN BROWN GIVES HIS TAKE ON THE BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMBLING LINES OF THE WEEK. I did a terrible thing last week. I put my faith in Gary Patterson and TCU, and it came back to bite me. It was not a great weekend for me […]


Approach the Bench – Week 2 Big 12 Golden Bench Awards

This weekend was less than spectacular for the Big 12 as a whole. Big 12 teams went just 4-5 this past weekend including a pair heart-breakers by Oklahoma State and TCU. If non-conference wins are a determining factor when the CFB playoff committee makes its decision in December, the Big 12 definitely did not do […]


Approach the Bench – CFB Week 2 Gambling Locks

After what was without a doubt the best opening weekend in the history of college football, week 2 appears to be a bit of a letdown. Week 1 featured a staggering 4 games between ranked opponents, this upcoming weekend has zero. College Gameday is broadcasting from a NASCAR track. This Saturday presents college football fans […]


The Kickoff

Here at Student Union, we are getting excited for the upcoming college football season!  We have spent the entire summer preparing for our 2nd football season as a site. We’ve been working with our contributors to bring you the most authentic voice directly from campus. This season we are losing the tie and letting our hair […]


TCU Scores a Slam Dunk With Dixon

Jamie Dixon is coming home to Fort Worth to coach his alma mater.  Dixon played at TCU from 1984-87 and helped lead the Horned Frogs to back-to-back Southwest Conference championships during his tenure.  His decision to leave Pittsburgh for TCU last week was unexpected, but is less surprising when you consider the fact that the […]


Student Union’s March Madness – Live Blog

Student Union presents a running commentary on the first round of the NCAA Tournament our top Contributors.  Join us by leaving comments in the blog or tweet @StudentUSports and our Contributors if you have some thoughts!


Big 12 Basketball: The CliffsNotes

Three Most Valuable Players: 1. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Hield is far and away the best player that the Big 12 has seen since Blake Griffin.  He led the conference in scoring, free throw percentage, three-point percentage, and three-pointers made. Hield’s mammoth season was highlighted by his 46-point performance at Kansas and his 39-point performance against […]


Can Baylor Succeed in March?

As Scott Drew burned his third timeout with just over 10 minutes to play in the second half of Tuesday night’s game against Kansas, you could feel the air being sucked out of the Ferrell Center as the inevitability of defeat began to set in. The Bears had just watched their eight-point lead evaporate in […]


The Big 12: Better Than Ever?

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.  That’s essentially the way that many critics have viewed the Big 12 conference over the past two decades.  The conference is known more so for its depth than being dominated by one or two juggernauts.  During its 20 years of existence, the Big 12 has produced just one national […]


Why Jayhawk Fans Shouldn’t Be Worried

Are we sure they’re good?  I have asked myself that question about most of the teams in the Big 12 more times than I can count this season.  In a month where we’ve seen upsets, buzzer beaters, and court storming on almost a nightly basis, the one thing we haven’t seen is consistency.  No team […]


Kruger’s Secret: Let it Marinate

Zero. That’s the number of current Oklahoma players who were alive the last time the Sooners were the number one ranked college basketball team in the country. It had been 26 long years since Skeeter Henry led the 1990 Sooners to the top of the AP poll. Coming into Saturday’s game against West Virginia, Lon Kruger’s squad knew they […]


Baylor’s Success Begins and Ends with Motley

Pour some out for the first half 2015-16 NCAA basketball season.  As much fun as it is watching traditional powerhouses pulverize glorified high school teams by 50 points, I think it’s safe to say we’re all ready to get to the fun part.  I can’t remember being this amped for a slate of Big 12 […]