Some coaches might prefer just to forget a game like Saturday's 106-65 loss at Baylor, opting not to review the gory details and just move on.
Not Cowboys coach Travis Ford.
“You've got to move on. We're a young basketball team and that's part of it,” Ford said. “But learn from it. I'm not one of these guys who says forget about it. Don't forget it. I don't want you to forget about it if you're man enough to play at this level.
“If you're good enough and strong enough to play at this level, don't forget about it, hold onto it. You don't want to run from it. That's not my mentality. I understand as a coach, these things happen. But don't forget it.
“Remember it and use it for fuel to rev your engine up a little bit and respond from it. You don't want it to happen again.”
Cowboys senior and captain and Keiton Page agreed.
“We've got to learn from it,” Page said. “We've got to watch the film on it and learn from our mistakes, so it doesn't ever happen again.”
Losing at Baylor, OSU saw its conference road losing streak extended to 12 games.
Now they're headed on the road again, visiting Iowa State on Wednesday.
“No doubt in my mind these guys are going to respond,” Page said. “I could tell in the locker room. I know they don't want to feel that way ever again. These next few days are going to be hard days of preparation. Our guys will be ready.”
Tip time is 8 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum for a game to be televised by ESPNU (Cox 253).
The Cyclones are 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12 after losing 82-73 at Kansas Saturday.
OLUKEMI SURGERY SET
Injured Cowboys guard Jéan-Paul Olukemi is scheduled to have reconstructive surgery on Thursday, after tearing the ACL in his right knee against Virginia Tech on New Year's Eve.
“I'm doing OK,” Olukemi said before the game at Baylor. “I'm ready to get moving in the right direction. Ready to start rehabbing and begin the road back.”
Olukemi, a junior, still has another year of eligibility and should be ready for the start of next season.
BEARS MAKE STATEMENT
Baylor continued the best start in program history against OSU, moving to 17-0.
Ranked No. 4 nationally, the Bears only cemented their position as a national contender.
“Baylor's a pretty good team,” said OSU sophomore Markel Brown. “I definitely think they're the No. 4 team in the country. But they can be beat.”
How good are the Bears? Senior Anthony Jones, a two-year starter who started every game on Baylor's 2010 Elite Eight squad, is now a bit player in a program that has stockpiled talent.
“We have a lot of depth and a lot of confidence in each other,” said Perry Jones III, a projected lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft. “Everybody is comfortable with everybody else.”