GIA attendance better, still not great

Kyle Porter —  March 12, 2013 — 10 Comments

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Cyclones.com released this cool infographical attendance post today and I was intrigued by where OSU ranked (click to enlarge).

On one hand I’m bummed that we had one of the probably three or four best teams of the Ford/Sutton era and finished behind teams like Nebraska, Northwestern, Clemson, and OU in percentage of attendance.

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Markel Brown joins Byron Houston on an exclusive list

Kyle Porter —  March 12, 2013 — 2 Comments
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On Saturday, Markel Brown became the second OSU basketball player ever to tally the following career totals:

200 assists
100 steals
75 blocks

The only other person to do that was the player I still think is the best of the Sutton/Ford era, Byron Houston.

Here’s a look at their career numbers.

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 12, 2013 — 8 Comments

Hoops

Anthony Slater with a must read on Le’Bryan Nash. Great details. (NewsOK)

Come on, Lisk — no Marcus Smart even on the second team? (Big Lead)

This does nothing to squelch my Baylor fears. (Sports Illustrated)

If you’re going to Kansas City… (Big 12 Sports)

Smart is AP Big 12 POY as well. (NewsOK)

In Jay Bilas’ final regular-season rankings, OSU finishes #12. (ESPN Insider)

Marcus Smart makes Sporting News All-American team. (Sporting News)

Myron Medcalf picks OSU to win the Big 12 tournament. (ESPN)

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What seed will OSU get on Selection Sunday?

Kyle Porter —  March 11, 2013 — 4 Comments
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It’s selection Sunday week!

I know we still have a wacky (because it’s sure to be wacky) Big 12 tournament to play but I wanted to do a quick roundup of where all the bracketologists have OSU seeded pre-conference tournaments.

Let’s take a look at three of the better prognosticators…

ESPN

#4 in San Jose playing Valpariso. Indiana is the #1 seed.

CBS

#6 in Salt Lake playing Boise State. Gonzaga is the #1 seed.

Yahoo

#4 playing Stephen F. Austin.

Sports Illustrated

#4 in Philadelphia playing Louisiana Tech. Duke is the #1 seed.

That six from Jerry Palm of CBS seems a bit low for a 23-7 team that finished behind the two Kansas schools for the Big 12 title1. I think the worst OSU could get right now (barring a first round loss in the Big 12 tourney) is a #5.

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Big 12 wrestling recap and NCAA championship preview

Kyle Porter —  March 11, 2013 — 2 Comments

Since the Big 12 tournament was completely full of nothing but just complete dominance by Oklahoma State, so a combined recap and preview seemed much more ideal. I will do each wrestler and weight class individually, very quick thoughts, and what each wrestler has to do to improve Oklahoma State’s chances at winning it’s 35th national championship.

125 – Klimara is the MAN! Anybody that has following wrestling this season should know that this true freshman is going to have a magical ending to this season. I mean, name one match this season that he truly lost…I’m not talking on the scoreboard…but a match where he just had no chance at winning? None! He is the dark horse on this team. Expect big things!

133 – Morrison has every ability in the world to win himself an NCAA title this year, but he just needs to find it within himself to go out there and attack like we know he can. If he dances like he is usually susceptible to, he could end up low on the podium…if that.

141 – We won’t know if Feikert is even in the tournament until the brackets come out, but my guess is he won’t be in the tourney, and those are crucial points that I’m sure we may need when it comes down to it.

149 – Honestly, anything short of a third (you know what I mean) national championship for Jordan Oliver and frankly, him raising the Hodge Trophy (Heisman) would be a disappointment. There are some good wrestlers in this weight class, but come on…

157 – I don’t know why, but my infatuation with Alex Dieringer might challenge Kyle and his bromance for Markel Brown. This kid figured it out early and has really been super dominant this year. As a freshman he had a setback or two, but he has learned from these and expect him to make some real damage. One of the best wrestlers this school has ever seen.

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Stevie Clark had 51 in the state finals

Kyle Porter —  March 11, 2013 — 6 Comments

OSU’s point guard recruit for next year, also known as Marcus Smart’s replacement, had 51 in the state finals over the weekend. It was his school’s fourth straight state title and he gutted this one out on a bum ankle from a game earlier in the week.

Here’s what he told the Oklahoman after the game:

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The best freshman seasons in Big 12 history

Kyle Porter —  March 11, 2013 — 5 Comments
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As @orangefactor pointed out on Twitter yesterday, only two players in Big 12 history have accomplished the following:

Big 12 All-Rookie team
Big 12 All-defensive team
First team All-Big 12
Big 12 Freshman of the Year
Big 12 Player of the Year

One you watched all year — he wears #33 for Oklahoma State.

The other I suspect you’ve heard of as well — he wears #35 for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 11, 2013 — 5 Comments

Hoops

Marcus Smart named Big 12 POY. (PFB)

Great read on his award here. Smart: There are a lot of great teams, a lot of great players and a lot of great coaches in the Big 12. And it’s an honor just to be the one that they choose to win these awards. (NewsOK)

Goodness, I love conference tournament week. (Big 12 Sports)

Ford on Nash: LB’s understanding of what we need from him has drastically improved. Tonight I thought he was unbelievable, tremendous. [prays Ford is right]. (O’Colly)

Gosh, I’m terrified of the Baylor game. I feel like Ford is too. (NewsOK)

Three Pokes make All-Big 12 teams for the first time since 2004. (PFB)

Berry Tramel with some good stuff on Smart and OSU. (NewsOK)

Le’Bryan with a hilarious quote: When you’ve got more talented players you say ‘Thank you,’ to God. When you’ve got guys like Marcus and Markel, everything’s easier. (NewsOK)

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I might go to Braum’s and get a milkshake or something. (NewsOK)

Marcus Smart on celebrating his Big 12 POY award

He gets it. He is as humble as I’ve been around for a guy who’s received some of the things he’s received. That’s what makes him part of the player he is — he’s always out to prove himself. He is by far his toughest critic. (O’Colly)

Travis Ford on Marcus Smart

Three Cowboys named All-Big 12

Kyle Porter —  March 10, 2013 — 7 Comments
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The All-Big 12 first team was announced tonight and Marcus Smart was a unanimous selection as well as the Big 12′s pick for freshman of the year and player of the year (read about that here). Here’s the entire first team:

Marcus Smart – Oklahoma State
Ben McLemore – Kansas
Jeff Withey – Kansas
Rodney McGruder – Kansas State
Romery Osby – Oklahoma

Smart is is OSU’s first first-team selection since James Anderson in 2009-10.

I like the team. Osby probably deserved the first team nod over Markel just because he didn’t have a guy like Smart to fall back on so I have no problem with that. He was a monster all year and a 16-7 average in the Big 12 is nothing to joke about. I actually probably have a bigger problem with Pierre Jackson being left off the first team.

The second team included Markel Brown and the third team included Le’Bryan Nash. Mike Cobbins made honorable mention. This is the first time OSU has had three All-Big 12 players (first/second/third team) since 2004 when Tony Allen and John Lucas got first team and Joey Graham snagged a third team nod.

Here are some of the other awards that were handed out for the Pokes tonight:

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Marcus Smart named Big 12 Player of the Year

Kyle Porter —  March 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Christian

Marcus Smart was named Big 12 Player of the Year tonight joining Tony Allen and James Anderson as the only Cowboys to ever win the award. He is also the third freshman to win Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in the same season.

The other two, maybe you’ve heard of them, are Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant.

Smart’s final stat line for the regular season looked like this:

15.1 points
5.7 rebounds
4.3 assists
0.7 blocks
3.0 steals
2 large huevos

And here’s the list of which schools have the most Big 12 POY awards:

Kansas – 7 (Robinson, Morris, Simien, Collison, Gooden, LaFrentz, LaFrentz)
Oklahoma State – 3 (Smart, Anderson, Allen)
Iowa State – 2 (Tinsley, Fizer)
Texas – 2 (Durant, Tucker)
Kansas State – 1 (Beasley)
OU – 1 (Griffin)
Nebraska – 1 (Hamilton???)

Here’s what Smart had to say about winning the award.

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The photo that says it all

Kyle Porter —  March 10, 2013 — 4 Comments

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I’m not totally sure why but I absolutely love this photo.

Courtesy @shuttrking.

10 Thoughts: Kansas State

Kyle Porter —  March 9, 2013 — 12 Comments

BOX SCORE

Oklahoma State delivered Kansas it’s 1,000,000 straight Big 12 title today with a 76-70 win over Kansas State in Gallagher-Iba. It wasn’t easy — KSU went on a 20-5 run to start the second half — but Le’Bryan Nash played the best game of his career and Marcus Smart had a fitting end to his home career in Stillwater.

Ten more thoughts…

1. I’ve killed Le’Bryan Nash in the past. You guys have read it on this site time and time again. I’ve called him soft, clueless, not a good athlete, basically everything short of a complete and utter collegiate bust. Well today he shoved it all back in my face.

He took over the game in the second half, did everything we’ve always wanted him to do, went to the hole, got fast break dunks, drew fouls. He was the best player on the court today and the reason OSU won against a top 10 team. Now if we can just get that to transfer over to the next few weeks…

2. One of my favorite random moments in sports happened today when the student section was going nuts at Smart at the free throw line, chanting “one more year” and such,

I love it right when Smart’s about to shoot and all the students start doing the Matt Barkley “hands up in the air hushing the crowd at the line of scrimmage” thing as if nobody knows they’re supposed to be quiet when OSU is shooting free throws. It makes me laugh every time.

3. OSU shot 56.8% from the field today — its second best percentage of the year behind the Portland State game (57.1%). The Cowboys haven’t lost all year when shooting better than 42%.

I think that goes a long way in showing how efficient and good, really, Kansas State is, especially given that they shot under 40% today. They did it by doubling up the Cowboys on the offensive boards, having fewer turnovers, and more steals. I’d be terrified to play them in the NCAA (or Big 12) Tournament.

4. Classic Berry right here on the “one more year” chants for Marcus Smart.

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Sad K-State fan

Kyle Porter —  March 9, 2013 — 3 Comments

Sorry for stealing your Big 12 title…

Markel2Smart

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The Mayor of LobStilly to the youngster.

Markel Brown behind the back to Le’Bryan

Kyle Porter —  March 9, 2013 — 2 Comments

Most underrated passer in the Big 12.

OU hangs Big 12 Champs banner

Kyle Porter —  March 9, 2013 — 9 Comments

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OU is just all in on this 2012 Big 12 Champions thing, no “co-champs” no “shared title” just “Big 12 Champs.”

Hilarious.

Preview: Kansas State

Kyle Porter —  March 9, 2013 — 2 Comments
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Vitals

Tip: 12:30 PM CST
Location: Stillwater, OK
TV: Big 12 Network
Online Stream: here
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
Online radio: here
Announcers: Mitch Holthus and Bryndon Manzer
Line: Cowboys – 5.5

Records

Cowboys – 22-7 (12-5)
Cats – 25-5 (14-3)

Best win

Cowboys – Kansas (KenPom: #5)
Cats – Florida (KenPom: #1)

Worst loss

Cowboys – Virginia Tech (KenPom: #160)
Cats – Iowa State (KenPom: #36)

KenPom rank

Cowboys – #15
Cats – #35

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Roundtable Friday: best Markel dunk ever

Kyle Porter —  March 8, 2013 — 3 Comments

Welcome to our Friday roundtable. Our exciting question this week:

What is the best Markel Brown dunk ever?

First up, OKC Dave…

OKC Dave

I loved the Keiton to Markel homage to Doug to Desmond, but the best Markel dunk has to be this one:

It has a few things going for it:

We beat #2 Missouri in a year where, let’s face it, the only thing we had going was #LobStilly. We finished 15-18 and Missouri’s only other losses were to Kansas, K-State, and their first-round loss to Norfolk State.

The ejection was kind of anticlimactic, but he still gets to tell his kids that he got tossed for dunking on someone. Jurick as the voice of reason is great unintentional comedy.
You can feel Matt Pressey go from “oh, maybe I can pick of this pass” to hearing the SportsCenter theme in his head

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