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Kyle Porter —  February 25, 2013 — 19 Comments


This is a really good, complete analysis of what Markel Brown is doing this year. The deep dive on stats made me weak. (CRFF)

OSU is one of the most watchable teams in college hoops? Is this despite Big 12 refs or were they not tak into account? (Deadspin)

Ford on WVU: It was a really poor start. But in some strange way, it almost made us refocus a little bit. I think the term you’re looking for, coach, is “galvanizing.” (O’Colly)

OSU stays steady at #14. Gonzaga at #3! (CBS Sports)

How about Travis Ford getting it here? Light practices after the war with KU…love it. (NewsOK)

Iowa State’s winning tonight, aren’t they? (Big 12 Sports)

This picture of Markel! (CBS Sports)

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Kyle Porter —  February 22, 2013 — 7 Comments


Some amazing OSU-Kansas photos here. (Nielsen Network)

Ford: We’re playing good basketball. (The loss to Kansas) doesn’t change that. With some teams you might worry about it. With this team, I believe they’re down, but anxious to get back on the court. Also, he apparently doesn’t know that Big 12 teams play on Big Monday…? (O’Colly)

OSU as a 5-seed in Austin? I’m down. (CBS Sports)

Why OSU fans are now Baylor fans. (NewsOK)

Marcus Smart is on Jason King’s POY ballot. (ESPN)

I disagree that OSU can still win the Big 12 title, but I do like the sentiment. (NewsOK)

Still not much love in general though. (ESPN)

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Kyle Porter —  February 21, 2013 — 32 Comments

I’ve thought about Smart’s 70-footer, oh I dunno, like 19,392 times since last night. 


Good column, great headline and photo. (NewsOK)

Markel on Marcus fouling out: Marcus is a big key to this team, so once he fouled out, I was like, `Oh, shoot! We need Marcus out there. (CBS Sports)

Berry Tramel on how Marcus Smart is getting better. (NewsOK)

I love this — Markel and Marcus want another shot at Kansas. Great stuff from Kyle Fredrickson. (Scout)

Really sad story about an OSU recruit. (Big Lead)

Weeden and Blackmon hugged it out at the game yesterday. (NewsOK)

It really does sting that Naadir Tharpe hit the game winner. (Yahoo)

Oklahoma State ranked 6th in the nation in men’s indoor track heading to the NCAAs. (Big 12 Sports)

Eddie Sutton Marcus Smart, such a great post here. (NewsOK)

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Bill Self dances

Kyle Porter —  February 20, 2013 — 2 Comments

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Bill Self dancing was awesome.

Stressed OKState bro

Kyle Porter —  February 20, 2013 — 1 Comment

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Here is one stressed out OSU bro.

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Kyle Porter —  February 20, 2013 — 13 Comments


Le’Bryan calls himself “the most popular kid in Dallas.” Good read on his maturity (are we calling it that?) (O’Colly)

Travis Releford says nobody from Kansas is going to be doing backflips at GIA. Oh. (NewsOK)

How good is the All-America first team going to be? (ESPN)

Berry Tramel on OSU winning close games. (NewsOK)

Markel says it’s time for OSU to win the Big 12. (O’Colly)

Wait a second…Phil Forte turned down a scholarship from Kansas? What? (NewsOK)

Um…how did I not know this game was on YouTube? And yes, I just watched the last minute and a half. Ford would have called 17 timeouts (YouTube)

Hah, “Gonzaga has been challenged more in the West Coast Conference than KU has been in the Big 12.” (NewsOK)

Well this would be a downer. (O’Colly)

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Kyle Porter —  February 19, 2013 — 5 Comments


Really interesting way of looking at how a team is doing. OSU might be as well off as we think. (Big Lead)

Berry puts OSU on top of his Big 12 power rankings. (NewsOK)

Marcus Smart gets Big 12 rookie of the week for the second straight week. (Big 12 Sports)

OSU #12 in ESPN power rankings. (ESPN)

Oklahoma State looking to break into a top four seed. Strong RPI here. (Yahoo)

Kansas hasn’t been swept since 2001. OSU has a chance to do that tomorrow. (Big 12 Sports)

OSU a five-seed here. (ESPN)

I’d like to second the fact that Shane Ryan has been on the Marcus Smart train since the NC State game. (Grantland)

Jason King says KU and K-State share the Big 12 crown. (ESPN)

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Marcus Smart is having the best statistical season at OSU in 20 years

OKC Dave —  February 18, 2013 — 15 Comments
Photo Attribution: US Presswire

Photo Attribution: US Presswire

We’re not breaking news here, but Marcus Smart is a special player. It’s almost embarrassing how much Fran Fraschilla and Dave Armstrong fawn over him…if he was on any other team, we would be disgusted by it. Let’s thank our lucky stars that he’s a Cowboy.

Kyle sent me a text after the bedlam game that read: “Smart is making a run at the pantheon of OSU players…in one season.” Yes, he certainly is. Those who know me well know that my mind went immediately to the numbers. How can we evaluate just how well Smart is doing compared to his fellow Cowboys?

Here’s the group I compared him to: every player in the Sutton/Ford era who averaged at least 28 minutes/game (70% of playing time). This is a group of 78 player-seasons over the last 23 seasons.

All stats listed per 40 minutes played. Here’s where Marcus Smart ranks in each major statistical category and the six other players closest to him in each category. The number listed to the left of each player is the ranking out of the group of 78 players.

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Kyle Porter —  February 18, 2013 — 10 Comments


Awesome story on Marcus Smart by John Helsley. And I don’t mean to soil it….but….I live in Dallas and, let’s just say, the difference in cost of living between Lancaster and Flower Mound is…um, immense. I still have a lot of questions. (NewsOK)

Ford: This is a fun group to coach and a fun group to be around. They’re young and they love to compete. I told ‘em that if I talked about everybody who made a big play, I’d still be talking to ‘em. It seems like we had everybody that played step up and make a play. (Big 12 Sports)

What OSU did to get back on track after Bedlam in Norman. (NewsOK)

[sees Marcus Smart at No. 2 overall...weeps softly]. (Big Lead)

Dana O’Neil on Marcus Smart: The Oklahoma State guard might be the most unheralded player in the country right now. (ESPN)

Some good notes from Saturday by Helsley. (NewsOK)

Bedlam photo gallery is so great. This one is my favorite. (NewsOK)

OSU atop the Big 12 power rankings. (ESPN)

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Kyle Porter —  February 15, 2013 — 8 Comments


Seth Davis says if OSU had any kind of front court they would make the Final Four. (Sports Illustrated)

Christien Sager, Mason Cox, and Mike Cobbins make Big 12 All-Academic team. (Big 12 Sports)

Chad Ford Big Board has Marcus Smart 4th. Gulp. (ESPN Insider)

For as much as Forte shoots, you’d think he’d be better on the road. Maybe it’s a depth perception thing? (Big 12 Sports)

Amazing stat here: no other player in Big 12 history has made more 3-pointers while only missing one attempt than Markel did against Tech. (ESPN)

Markel Brown: Other than (Kansas and Texas Tech games), I don’t think I have (shot that well) in my career. Working on my shot has paid off. We are going to need more of that come Saturday. (O’Colly)

John Gasaway has Smart as the 3rd best freshman in the country. That’s the lowest he should be. (ESPN Insider)

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Kyle Porter —  February 14, 2013 — 19 Comments


Is Travis Ford really going to win Big 12 coach of the year?! (NewsOK)

I honestly didn’t know last night was Cobbins’ first double-double. Wow. (O’Colly)

You know you’re on fire when you’re talking about how great the ball Tech uses is. (NewsOK)

I don’t remember that ’01-’02 OSU team being ranked No. 5 but Matt Norlander tells me it happened. (CBS Sports)

Hmmm…Tech’s coach going McKayla Maroney on us. (NewsOK)

Ideal college basketball point guard would have Marcus Smart’s…duh…leadership. (ESPN)

Travis Ford on Mike Cobbins: In the Big 12 it’s just a battle. It’s as physical as it is in any league and Michael’s down there doing it night in and night out and really doing a big job of helping us. (NewsOK)

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Kyle Porter —  February 13, 2013 — 6 Comments


Marcus Smart: It’s kind of hard not to focus on (the tournament), but you just got to have the mental maturity to focus on what’s in front of you right now. (O’Colly)

OSU is pretty middle-of-the-pack in the Big 12 away from home. Obviously. (CBS Sports)

Mike Cobbins: the Big 12 is wide open for anybody who really wants it. (NewsOK)

Fascinating read about whether or not to foul when up three at the end of a game. (Ken Pom)

This is awesome, see how your team can improve its RPI on a daily basis. (CBS Sports)

Kamari Murphy on working harder, playing more. (Tulsa World)

Bracket Project has OSU as the first 6-seed. (Bracket Project)

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Kyle Porter —  February 12, 2013 — 9 Comments

Big bummer last night, my Lady Eagles of Richardson fell in the first round of the playoffs by one point.


On Phil Forte’s faith in the Lord. (O’Colly)

Pokes move to #3 in Berry’s power rankings. (NewsOK)

Kelly Hines voted OSU ahead of KU. Agree? (Tulsa World)

Cowboys moving on up the braked big board. (Yahoo)

Marcus Smart, Big 12 rookie of the week. (Big 12 Sports)

John Helsley has OSU on top of the league. (NewsOK)

Cowboys move to #17 in AP poll and #16 in the Coaches poll. (ESPN)

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Kyle Porter —  February 11, 2013 — 6 Comments

I’m already for Bedlam on Saturday.


Pierre Jackson and Marcus Smart named finalists for point guard of the year award (there are 12 finalists total). (Big 12 Sports)

Our basketball players don’t know how to play Wiffleball?!? (NewsOK)

Oklahoma State rises to No. 17 in this poll. (CBS Sports)

Kelly Hines with a lengthy (good) piece on McDonald’s All-Americans. (Tulsa World)

Travis Ford thinks OSU has a shot at winning the Big 12. (NewsOK)

Jason King did his Big 12 power rankings on Friday, wonder how much they would have changed by now. (ESPN)

“Texas only offered a scholarship to Marcus Smart” is Rick Barnes’ “we wanted to use him as a safety in college” moment. Because you don’t need shooters?!? (NewsOK)

Le’Bryan Nash: We are a defensive team and we love playing defense. It wasn’t the prettiest game but we got the win. (O’Colly)

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Preview: Texas

Kyle Porter —  February 9, 2013 — 3 Comments
Photo Attribution: US Presswire

Photo Attribution: US Presswire


Tip: 12:45 PM
Location: Austin, TX
TV: Big 12 Network
Online Stream: here
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
Online radio: here
Announcers: Dave Armstrong, Reid Gettys, and Kaylee Hartung
Line: Cowboys -3.5


Cowboys – 16-5 (6-3)
Longhorns – 10-12 (2-7)

Best win

Cowboys – Kansas (KenPom: #13)
Longhorns – North Carolina (KenPom: #35)

Worst loss

Cowboys – Virginia Tech (KenPom: #153)
Longhorns – Chaminade (KenPom: NR)

KenPom rank

Cowboys – #19
Longhorns – #89

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Kyle Porter —  February 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

Beat Texas.


Great collection of photos from the Baylor game. (NewsOK)

Marcus Smart not getting a lot of POY love from ESPN. (ESPN)

I can’t read this. It’s too much. (NewsOK)

Ford: Kirby Gardner is another guy that as a coach you say, ‘Gosh, I wish I could get him more minutes. (O’Colly)


Good post on how Mike Yurcich got to where he is now. (TribLive)

Glad this Joe Randle performance made the top 10 list of best Big 12 performances. (ESPN)

Total roundup of Big 12 recruiting here. (CBS Sports)

Gundy: Coach Yurcich has 14 years of experience coaching quarterbacks and a thorough background in the passing game. (O’Colly)

Nice, OSU assistants comment on all their new recruits. (Tulsa World)

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Kyle Porter —  February 7, 2013 — 3 Comments

Shout out to Pistolsmom for keeping GIA rowdy last night. What a night.


Marcus Smart: We’ve been through a lot of adversity this yea. That’s all coming into play right now. Late in the season, that’s when teams start to rise and teams start to fall. (O’Colly)

Large mock draft on CBS has Nash and Smart in the top 50. (CBS Sports)

Markel on his game winner: I wasn’t even thinking about it (the time remaining). I took two glances at it and it had five seconds left, so I was just trying to beat the clock as fast as I can. (O’Colly)

Wow, OSU has already surpassed last year’s win total. (NewsOK)

Agree with this on Brian Williams — he looked pretty good at times last night. (Tulsa World)

Mike Cobbins: I just figured we had come too far to give up a layup at the end. I just went up and tried to get it. Thank God I got it. (NewsOK)


Mike Gundy loves on Mike Holder. (NewsOK)

I do like the one-sentence descriptions of each recruit. All that’s really necessary. (CRFF)

Gundy’s close on an O-coordinator. (NewsOK)

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Kyle Porter —  February 6, 2013 — 8 Comments

Happy signing day…I guess?


Berry’s take on who goes dancing from the Big 12. (NewsOK)

Think of Smart’s search for a better jumpshot as God’s way of keep the game fair for the other children. (Sporting News)

Markel Brown jokes that he’s a better shooter than Keiton Page. Except that it’s not a joke, he is from 3P this year. (Tulsa World)

Agree with this column: come see Marcus Smart while you can. (O’Colly)

Forte: When you have your thousands of fans here cheering for you and supporting you it definitely helps. Hopefully we’ll have a good crowd, but that’s something we can’t control. (O’Colly)

How much is Kansas going to beat TCU by? (NewsOK)

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Kyle Porter —  February 5, 2013 — 10 Comments


Smart is the only player in at least the past 15 years to put up those numbers against a top-10 team. (ESPN)

Agree with these Big 12 power rankings from Berry. (NewsOK)

Marcus Smart, Big 12 player of the week. (Big 12 Sports)

Chad Ford loves Marcus Smart. (ESPN Insider)

Shane Ryan might love Marcus Smart more than me: You often hear the cliché “He can do everything!” spouted about athletes, but in Smart’s case it’s actually true. He can literally do everything. And on top of it all, he’s competitive as hell and plays his best basketball under pressure. (Grantland)

It really isn’t a stretch to call Saturday’s W the biggest road win in school history. (Tulsa World)

The Big Lead (kind of) makes Final Four picks: Butler, Louisville, Indiana……and Oklahoma State. (The Big Lead)

Ford on Smart’s backflip: Probably prefer (he not do it). (NewsOK)

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Remaining basketball schedule bodes well

OKC Dave —  February 4, 2013 — 6 Comments
Photo Attribution: US Presswire

Photo Attribution: US Presswire

This is a good time to look at the remaining conference schedule. There are six teams still in the hunt for the conference title, and everyone has 10 games left. All six teams have five at home and five on the road.

Pomeroy publishes a percentage chance of winning each game. It changes every day when his system updates, but these are the current figures for each of the six teams (click on photo to enlarge):

Screen shot 2013-02-04 at 2.26.45 PM

If a team is expected to win, the game is highlighted in green. A predicted loss is highlighted in red. The only 50/50 game on this schedule is Kansas at OSU…I gave it to the Pokes since it’s at home.

Aside from Kansas, OSU has the highest percentage among the six teams at 74.3%.

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