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Kyle Porter —  March 5, 2013 — 10 Comments


No Marcus Smart here? (Yahoo)

This is awesome. The many faces of Travis Ford. (CRFF)

Travis Ford like’s court stormings, Rick Barnes hates them. (NewsOK)

OSU is #13 in the AP and #14 in the coaches poll. (ESPN)

OSU also remains #13 in Jay Bilas’ rankings. (ESPN)

Berry has OSU 3rd in his power rankings. I hope they finish second. (NewsOK)

Helsley has them second right now. (NewsOK)

How one hell-ish week propelled OSU to the Tournament. (Scout)

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Kyle Porter —  March 4, 2013 — 7 Comments


Really good stuff here from Helsley on Smart turning pro. Gottlieb quote from the article: Smart is not a clean ballhandler as he turns it over a lot. And while he is an improving shooter, that truthfully is not his game. Smart just makes plays. (NewsOK)

I’ll get on board with this I think. OSU at #2 or #3. (ESPN)

Rick Barnes called out the refs, I can’t really blame him at this point (Texas committed 25 fouls, OSU 16): It was a physical game, though. That’s why it’s hard for me to understand the discrepancy with the fouls. I thought both teams were playing hard and physical. (O’Colly)

John Helsley looks at the pros and cons of Marcus Smart declaring. (NewsOK)

Breaking down the secret ingredient for OSU’s postseason run. (CRFF)

Ford on Brian Williams: I’m itching to get him in the game usually, because I know he’s going to get a steal, deflection. And he can guard anybody. He can. He can guard anybody on the court. (NewsOK)

Oklahoma State at No. 14. (CBS Sports)

A super in-depth look at OSU’s draft prospects. (SB Nation)

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Preview: Texas

Kyle Porter —  March 2, 2013 — Leave a comment
Photo Attribution: USATSI

Photo Attribution: USATSI


Tip: 3:00 PM CST
Location: Stillwater, OK
Online Stream: here
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
Online radio: here
Announcers: Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla
Line: Cowboys -12


Cowboys – 21-6 (11-4)
Horns – 13-15 (5-10)

Best win

Cowboys – Kansas (KenPom: #8)
Horns – UNC (KenPom: #29)

Worst loss

Cowboys – Virginia Tech (KenPom: #158)
Horns – Chaminade (KenPom: NR)

KenPom rank

Cowboys – #16
Horns – #100

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 1, 2013 — 7 Comments

It’s March.


Wow. Chad Ford says he would take Marcus Smart with the first pick. (ESPN Insider)

And I played this enough times to know Marcus Smart has a pretty good chance of going No. 1. (ESPN)

Forte on Le’Bryan: We know how capable Le’Bryan is of going off at any moment. (Against TCU) you saw it at its best. When he plays like that, we’re a real tough team to beat. That’s the scary thing — he has the potential to play like that every night. (O’Colly)

Travis Ford played a game at Kentucky where they came back from 31 down with 15 minutes left?! (NewsOK)


We’ll find out if Joe Randle can bump his bad 40 time on March 12 in Stillwater. (ESPN)

Oh, but he ran a 4.4 in high school! (SB Nation)

Gundy makes more than Sumlin? (CBS Sports)

I know you guys will never believe me, but OSU’s defense was actually pretty good last year. (ESPN)

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  February 28, 2013 — 1 Comment


Travis Ford couldn’t stop reminding his team about TCU-Kansas. (NewsOK)

Ford on Nash: I just loved his shot selection. Everything was within 5-10 feet from the basket, and he went strong to the rim. (O’Colly)

I mean, FIVE road wins in a row! (Tulsa World)

TCU coach Trent Johnson: They’re as versatile a team as there is in the Big 12. (Big 12 Sports)

Jenni Carlson says OSU could go to the Final Four. (NewsOK)

Le’Bryan: We knew they weren’t great shot blockers. We tried to get to the lane and get to the bucket. My teammates saw how I was going and they got me the ball. I just don’t understand why he doesn’t do this more. (Big 12 Sports)

A little disappointed Luke Winn didn’t give us the deep statistical treatment. (Sports Illustrated)

More Ford on Nash: I liked where he got his points. I liked the speed of his game. He took advantage … because they decided they were going to lock up our guards and not help at all, which created some driving angles and created him some room and some freedom to use his skills. (NewsOK)

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Kyle Porter —  February 27, 2013 — 6 Comments


Marcus Smart on Naismith list. Duh. Hakeem Withey is on it too. (Big 12 Sports)

Brian Williams: I am (a fan of NCAA bracket projections) when it is that time. It’s getting close but right now we are focused on getting this Big 12 championship. (O’Colly)

Marcus Smart back on top of freshman rankings. (CBS Sports)

Oklahoma State’s tourney resume is strong. (NewsOK)

And a good roundup of where OSU is projected to be seeded. (NewsOK)

Although OKC Dave is thinking five-seed instead of four. (PFB)

Marcus Smart is one of the three biggest matchup nightmares in the country. (ESPN Insider)

As usual, good stuff from Helsley here. Somebody brought up Darrell Williams and I started thinking about 2-seeds and had to stop reading…… (NewsOK)

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Kyle Porter —  February 26, 2013 — 8 Comments


Berry has OSU third in his Big 12 power rankings. I concur. (NewsOK)

I’ll listen to second too. (NewsOK)

OSU goes to #15 in AP poll. (Tulsa World)

And here’s a really cool interactive look at the AP basketball poll. (AP)

Somebody get this in Marcus Smart’s hands. (CBS Sports)

Cowboys a firm 4-seed right now. (Yahoo)

Jay Bilas ranks OSU #13. (ESPN Insider)

Marcus Smart as a #2 draft pick. (Hoops Hype)

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Daily Bullets

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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Daily Bullets

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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Daily Bullets

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.

Daily Bullets

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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Daily Bullets

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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Daily Bullets

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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