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OSU Hoops: Road Wins Should Come

by John Helsley Published: January 23, 2013
The Cowboys should eventually find traction on the road.
The Cowboys should eventually find traction on the road.

The Cowboys have lost three Big 12 games – three road games – and panic is starting to set in with some OSU fans.

Maybe a deep breath is in order.

Good teams rule their home floors in the Big 12.

That’s been true over time and it remains true now. Outside of Kansas, the league’s only elite program, Big 12 teams struggle to find quality road wins.

The league’s top six teams – KU, K-State, OU, Baylor, Iowa State and OSU – are 14-1 in conference games at home, with Kansas’ win at Kansas State Tuesday night the only breakthrough.

And that game is the only outlier among league road wins, with all the others coming at West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU and Texas, a group that is 0-9 at home.

The Cowboys still have visits to all four of those forgiving locales.

If anything, OSU has simply found bad luck in its Big 12 scheduling, with trips to K-State, OU and Baylor up front. And Kansas is next.

Wonder what the Cowboys’ record might be if they’d had the Wildcats, Sooners and Bears at home, and TCU and Tech on the road — 4-1, 5-0 even?

Better road trips are coming, eventually.

And if the Cowboys continue to hold serve at home, and finally break through on the road at places where the league’s other good teams are winning, their record could be about what the optimists may have originally predicted: 13-5 or 12-6.

Yeah, there’s some concern that OSU’s run of road struggles will become a mental thing. But there reasons to believe the Cowboys will get over the hump, too, with a young team continuing to grow and develop and the return to health of Brian Williams.

Maybe a deep breath is in order.

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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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