OSU has proved to be, at least of late, a team that takes care of its business.
And the Cowboys did again Wednesday night, rolling past TCU 64-47.
Still, Travis Ford figures he has to do his part, too.
So as the Cowboys prepared for their visit to last-place TCU, he kept reminding his team of the Horned Frogs' stunning 63-50 win over Kansas back on Feb. 6 — TCU's lone Big 12 win in a 1-14 first season in the conference.
“Coach Ford was always talking about it,” said Cowboys sophomore Le'Bryan Nash, “‘If it can happen to Kansas, it can happen to us.'
“We respect TCU a lot. We respect what they did against Kansas. We just put our heads together and came out with a win.”
Not that he needed it, but Ford got more ammunition Wednesday night, when Penn State knocked off No. 4 Michigan. It was the first Big Ten win for the Nittany Lions, who moved to 1-14 in conference play and 9-18 overall.
“Yeah, we reminded them a lot of, ‘If you're not ready to play and focused and locked in, anybody can win,' Ford said. “Penn State beat Michigan tonight. Anything can happen.
“I'm worried about every game, but these games can jump up and bite you.”
TCU'S JOHNSON CREDITS COWBOYS
First-year Horned Frogs coach Trent Johnson pushes on through what he hopes is a transition season to better days ahead at TCU.
But he took a moment Wednesday night to admire what's going on with OSU.
“I mentioned to (our) guys before the game, in my opinion, that's as versatile a team as we have in our league,” Johnson said. “They can play fast. They can play slow …
“They're good. They're really good.”
Saturday: Texas, 3 p.m.
Wednesday: at Iowa State, 6 p.m.
March 9: Kansas State, 12:45 p.m.
WILLIAMS CONTINUES TO PROGRESS
During a key stretch late in the first half, when the Cowboys went on a defense-inspired 12-1 run to take a 38-24 lead to halftime, OSU had its “original” five starters on the floor.
Original as in the expected lineup before Brian Williams fractured his wrist just before the season began: Williams, Nash, Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Michael Cobbins.
It's a lineup that offers situational promise as Williams continues to improve.
“Brian is one of our best defenders,” Smart said. “He's quick with his feet. He's active with his hands. He has the right body type to guard anybody. When we have that group in, that's a great defensive group for us.
“And we use that to our advantage. We can get up and pressure guys a little more, knowing we have Michael back there to protect the hole for us.”
Williams played a season-high 23 minutes, scoring six points with three rebounds and two steals.