Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Travis Ford kept KU reminders coming

OSU coach wanted Cowboys to remember that Horned Frogs were capable of pulling another upset.
by John Helsley Published: February 27, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) goes up for a basket after getting by TCU 's Devonta Abron (23) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) ORG XMIT: TXTG102
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) goes up for a basket after getting by TCU 's Devonta Abron (23) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) ORG XMIT: TXTG102

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.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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