OSU is loaded in basketball, you already know this. And I’m mentally preparing myself to hear the term “loaded” 292,000 times in the next seven months when describing this OSU basketball team. In fact, I might eschew that word in favor of something less traditional. How does “this team is drunk on talent” sound? How about “this team is full of highly skilled American basketball players”?
OK, “loaded” it is.
On Wednesday, Kentucky (perennially ”loaded”) released its non-conference schedule. It includes Michigan State, Baylor, Carolina, and Louisville.
That got me thinking about five matchups I’d love to see OSU pursue for the non-con portion of their schedule this season. I get tired of the SE Louisianas and Tennessee Technicals of the world. There’s really no point in playing those teams, especially with the squad you have coming back. Let’s fill the beginning of December – middle of January entertainment void with these five games.
I usually default to “10 thoughts” when there are too many things floating around for me to settle on one angle for a blog post and today’s OSU presser was no different.
There was SO much happening and so much said that I wanted to give you a special offseason version of the 10 thoughts.
Here we go..
1. Marcus Smart is ridiculously mature for being a freshman in college. I have no proof of this, of course, I don’t know him and I only know a few people who do know him (nonewell) but to speak candidly in a press conference about openly knowing you’re giving up $8 million in guaranteed money to return to school because I love you guys and I’m a Cowboy at heart is absurd. You’re 19, you’re not supposed to make life-changing decisions with such poise and ease!
2. Le’Bryan opened with this was one of the hardest decisions of my life. My question with this: was it because he couldn’t figure out when the deadline was or because he actually considered going pro? And is he the least self-aware OSU athlete in the history of the school?
3. Travis Ford could not stop smiling. It was unbelievable. I think he wore two pairs of pants because he was scared he was going to urinate all over himself on stage in front of a couple thousand other humans. He said I was excited because he was excited but what he meant was my gosh, how did this happen to me? I couldn’t even get these dudes out of the first round!
A dude who by all accounts loves Stillwater and has completely immersed himself into the students’ affection and GIA’s spell is having a press conference at the Student Union during lunch while all the students are in there?
Come on, if he leaves that’s going to make the Sonics jump to OKC look like the most benevolent event in sports history.
No, he’s staying. And I have to say, I’m shocked. I was wrong too, way, way, way, not-even-close-to-being-right wrong. I’m not the only one who was shocked either.