OSU basketball: Cowboys spend the week learning from loss to Memphis

OSU coach Travis Ford has been armed with tangible teaching tools for his No. 9-ranked squad.
by John Helsley Published: December 5, 2013

Marcus Smart wasn't himself in the rematch with Memphis.

First, he was ill, throwing up in a bucket behind the Oklahoma State bench at one point.

Second, he was off — way off from his previous meeting with Memphis. And off in general.

Smart made just 4 of 13 shots from the floor and none of his five 3-point attempts. He also committed five turnovers, including two late when the Cowboys were trying to overcome a 1-point deficit in the final 30 seconds of an eventual 73-68 loss in the title game of the Old Spice Classic.

“I forced a lot that game,” said Smart, who scored a career-high 39 points in a rout of Memphis in Stillwater. “I knew when I looked at the film. To this day, I beat myself up, because I know I forced a lot of things and I had a lot of teammates open on certain drives and certain plays.

“It just comes with the territory. You've got to live and learn.”

That's what this week has been about in Stillwater — learning — with OSU coach Travis Ford armed with tangible teaching tools for his No. 9-ranked squad.

The test comes Friday night, with South Carolina visiting Gallagher-Iba Arena as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Tip time is 8:30 to accommodate ESPNU.

“I think our guys are pretty disappointed with the way we played,” Ford said. “It's actually been a good lesson learned. It takes a little while to continue to sink in and get better and better at some of the things that we saw that we've got to make sure that we correct.”


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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