Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Longhorns have coach Travis Ford's attention

Ford impressed how Texas came back from 22 down to beat Oklahoma. “Incredible comeback,” Ford said. “They did it with defense and offense.”
by John Helsley Published: February 28, 2013

With Texas coming to Stillwater on Saturday, OSU coach Travis Ford delved into film study of the Longhorns' Wednesday night overtime win over Oklahoma.

And like a lot of Sooner fans, he watched with shock and awe.

“I was part of a game we were down by 31 with 15 minutes left and won when I was at Kentucky,” Ford said Thursday. “So I've been a part of those games and know what it feels like. Everything has to go right on both sides. They've got to help you and you better help yourself.

“And a little bit of that happened. Incredible comeback. Great energy from Texas. They did it with defense and offense. Very impressive comeback.”

Texas, down 22-points with 7:54 remaining in regulation, rallied to force the extra period and win, looking like a different team than the Cowboys beat in Austin three weeks ago.

And the Longhorns are different, with Myck Kabongo back from suspension, providing some of the same intangibles that Marcus Smart delivers for OSU. Kabongo went for 22 points against the Sooners, including the game-tying basket on a circus shot at the end of regulation.

“They come in here with a lot of confidence right now,” Ford said of the Longhorns. “Not just because of how they beat Oklahoma, but they're 3-2 with Kabongo. They're averaging 73 points with him in the lineup. That kept me up last night.”

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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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