Five Basketball Storylines

Kyle Porter —  November 1, 2012 — 9 Comments
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No, these aren’t the Five biggest stories (will he or won’t he1 is numero uno obviously) but these are the five things I’m most intrigued by heading into Travis Ford’s farewell the 2012-2013 season.

If you have a more titillating nugget you’d like to have parsed, let us know in the comments and we’ll consider it2.

Here are my five:

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  November 1, 2012 — 6 Comments

Where even the first exhibition game in GIA gets us excited.

Lyndell Johnson wanted to be a cop. (Tulsa World)

So Christien Sager has looked good? is that bad? (O’Colly)

Gina does a play-by-play (not really, but kind of) recap of the TCU game. (NewsOK)

Winner. (CBS Sports)

On the maturation of Josh Stewart. (NewsOK)

The Big 12 could be over in three days. (ESPN)

I love this part: He’s got to do more with it when he gets the ball. But he runs the court. He can’t score at all, but he’s fast! (NewsOK)

Ubben says OSU is cursed. (ESPN)

The NCAA likes us! (The Dagger)

Berry Tramel on the similarities between 2008 Mizzou and this weekend. (NewsOK)

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BlogPoll – Week 10

Kyle Porter —  October 31, 2012 — 5 Comments
October 27 2012 Eugene OR USA Oregon Ducks mascot entertains at halftime against the Colorado Buffaloes at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit Scott Olmos US PRESSWIRE

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bpAgain I forgot to turn in my BlogPoll this week (probably because I was inventing Halloween costumes for various OSU personalities in my secret writing lab) but fear not because I made my own via Excel.

I’ve also started inputting some more statistical data into the process. I know OKC Dave is proud of me for this but I’m really doing it because I need some way to sort out all the teams with similar losses.

That might be a bit data heavy for some of you but for me it gives legs to the way I rank teams.

Why is Notre Dame #1 over Kansas State and Alabama — well statistically they’ve beaten more good teams (WFEI – explained at the bottom) than KSU and Bama and I’d put their top three wins against anybody’s in the country.

A reminder — this is not a power poll, I definitely think Bama is better than ND but it’s tough for me to argue that Bama has a better resume unless you want to start talking margin of victory which inevitably leads to a rabbit hole of Chip Kelly-ness I don’t want to go down.

OSU re-enters the fray with a good win over TCU. As we covered earlier their net points per drive is as good as any team’s in the nation but the reality is that they haven’t beaten much of anybody yet (WFEI of 64 isn’t that great) and lost to two pretty average teams in Texas and Arizona.

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Halloween Costume Ideas

Kyle Porter —  October 31, 2012 — 26 Comments

rfHappy Halloween-ing, y’all! Please add more in the comments section as they come to you.

Todd Monken as a middle finger

Sam Presti as an oversized middle finger

Mike Gundy as himself

Calvin Barnett as Jeff Gordon

Phil Jurick as an old-school Adidas logo

Wes Lunt as a mime

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A New Way To Look At Defense

Kyle Porter —  October 31, 2012 — 5 Comments
Oct 27 2012 Stillwater OK USA Oklahoma State Cowboys team takes the field before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit Richard Rowe US PRESSWIRE

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I’ve realized my role as a sports blogger on the internetz: to defend to the death the quality and vitality of an OSU defense the national media often treats with as much regard as Miguel Cabrera treats a salad1.

John Helsley wrote a good piece in the Oklahoman today about how stout the oft-misremembered OSU defense2 has been so far in conference play this season.

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  October 31, 2012 — 2 Comments

Happy orange and black day.

Gundy sits down with Gilbert. Look Justin, this @pistolsguy dude is really disappointed in you, let’s pick it up the rest of the season, ok? (NewsOK)

OSU giving away scooters at basketball games. Won’t help attendance. (okstate)

Quinn Sharp interview. (Tulsa World)

Good article here from Helsley on the rise of the defense. (NewsOK)

I’m glad somebody wrote the “KSU is more than just Collin Klein” article. (O’Colly)

Dave Smith wins Big 12 coach of the year for the fifth straight time. (okstate)

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Here’s a video of thought #10 I had in this post.

10 More Thoughts On TCU

Kyle Porter —  October 30, 2012 — 12 Comments
Oct 27 2012 Stillwater OK USA Oklahoma State Cowboys teammates celebrate during the fourth quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit Richard Rowe US PRESSWIRE

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1. Lunt looked a lot more antsy than in any of his previous outings. I know it’s tough to get antsy against Savannah State but he looked so smooth and relaxed in his reads against Arizona; that wasn’t the case in the TCU game and he still threw for 324 and a touch.

2. Gary Patterson might sweat more than Kevin Garnett. It was like 55 degrees and he was going through white towels like it was game six of the Eastern Conference semis.

3. It was honestly kind of strange to be as pumped as we all were to get back a QB who was 0-1 against D-1 teams.

4. Somebody in the media texted me yesterday and said “is it bad that I had no idea who Lyndell Johnson was until Saturday?” Well no, not really, because he’s only played in three games. I still contend that he was the best player on the field against Savannah State (not saying much, I know) and will be a huge factor if OSU does anything involving the words “stopping” and “Klein” this weekend.

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#OSUrank (#10) – Phil Jurick

Kyle Porter —  October 30, 2012 — 3 Comments

Screen shot 2012 10 28 at 11.12.28 PM 2I’m ranking the OSU basketball squad NBA-style leading up to OSU’s first exhibition affair on November 1 with Ottawa. Use the #OSUrank hashtag on Twitter to join the convo.

Who: Phil Jurick #44 (toss him in our Squinky-rated players with the #4 in their jersey list from last week)

Why: I honestly don’t know. He’s tall, I guess. I don’t mean “I guess” like he potentially shrunk in stature over the season but rather “I guess” as in “I guess I’ll make him OSU’s 10th best player because he’s tall.”

Gosh, is what the entire season is going to be like?

Jurick was mildly effective on the defensive last season but he has question marks heading into this year. Question marks like “does he have good achilles tendons or does he have Devin Hedgepeth’s achilles tendons?” Questions like “will Ford even allow him to play this season1

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  October 30, 2012 — 6 Comments

It was pretty surreal to see NYC submerged last night. Shout out to any PFB readers living there.

I’m starting to think the CBS guys like OSU more than the PFB ones. (CBS Sports)

Good Cooper Bassett interview here. (Scout)

John Hoover on winning titles. (Tulsa World)

Here are all the quotes from yesterday’s media session. (okstate)

OSU is 8-10 as a road dog under Gundy. (CBS Sports)

You guys realize KSU basically closes this thing out with a W on Saturday, right? (Yahoo!)

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Gundy Rolls Through October

Kyle Porter —  October 29, 2012 — 2 Comments
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For the second consecutive year OSU has rolled undefeated through its October schedule.

When we tee it up against [Big 12 team X] in the first week of October next year we will not have lost an October matchup since 2010 against Nebraska.

In fact, since 2007 Gundy’s squads have won 81% of their October games (compared with a 74% overall winning percentage).

October has been Gundy’s money-making month for quite a while now actually. Here are his winning percentages by month since the Georgia game in Athens to kick off the ’07 season:

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My favorites:

“I’m told [Bill Snyder] works a lot and doesn’t socialize a lot. And I don’t socialize much.”

“Ack-ruhcy”

“Reporter: “who’s Kansas State’s second best player?” Gundy: “I don’t know names.”

He calls Klein “the quarterback” like he plays at Eastern Michigan or something.

#OSUrank (#11) – Phil Forte

Kyle Porter —  October 29, 2012 — 1 Comment

Screen shot 2012 10 28 at 11.03.24 PM 2I’m ranking the OSU basketball squad NBA-style leading up to OSU’s first exhibition affair on November 1 with Ottawa. Use the #OSUrank hashtag on Twitter to join the convo.

Who: Phil Forte #10

Why: The best of the domestic white guys, Forte should get more time than he was going to this time two weeks ago with the Williams injury. He’s basically a poor man’s Keiton1 but instead of leaning on him to shoulder the scoring load Ford can afford to stick him in the corner and let him rain threes on unsuspecting Big 12 defenses.

He also kind of reminds me of a homeless man’s Aaron Craft a little bit — short, compact, muscular, and a little ugly in the way he plays but pretty effective. And gosh if he’s 1/20th the defensive player Craft is Ford is going to worship him.

Forte actually took the Texas State Title MVP belt from Smart during their senior year which should tell you something about his game. He also took the 3-point shootout championship over Final Four weekend.

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  October 29, 2012 — 12 Comments

Strange thought: two of OSU’s home games have involved teams with alumni QBs that play together in the NFL (Weeden-McCoy and Zac-Dalton). Stranger thought: those NFL teams all had off weekends during those home games. Only Zac made the trip to Stillwater though.

Joe Randle compares himself to Eminem. (NewsOK)

Don’t tease me, Ubbs. (ESPN)

Monken: you have to be a man. (NewsOK)

Just me or does it seem like they act like they just got drilled by Baylor? (Frogs O’ War)

OSU moves up to 4th in Ubben’s Big 12 power poll. (ESPN)

Berry (slowly) moves OSU up in his rankings. (NewsOK)

The part about holding three consecutive opponents to under 20 for the first time since 1986 is insane to me. (Big 12 Sports)

Hah, Jimmie Tramel’s question here is great. (NewsOK)

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