Bedlam basketball notebook: Oklahoma State's struggles in Norman continue

The Cowboys' last win in Norman came in 2004. Overall, Oklahoma has won 12 of the last 18 Bedlam basketball meetings.
by Ryan Aber and John Helsley and Jason Kersey Published: January 27, 2014

Following Oklahoma's 88-76 Bedlam victory Monday night, Oklahoma State's winless streak inside Lloyd Noble Center stretched to 10 games.

The Cowboys' last win in Norman came in 2004.

Overall, Oklahoma has won 12 of the last 18 Bedlam basketball meetings.

“Our conference record my freshman and sophomore year, we had three and five wins or something like that but still we find a way to beat these guys at home,” said senior OU forward Tyler Neal, who scored 15 points Monday. “It's very important. The proof's in the pudding. It just goes to show that it just means more.”

NBA WELL-REPRESENTED IN NORMAN

Fifteen NBA franchises were represented Monday night, when surefire lottery pick and OSU sophomore guard Marcus Smart scored 22 points, but connected on just six of his 18 field-goal attempts.

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rich Cho and Miami Heat scout Tim Hardaway were among the NBA scouts in attendance.

Interestingly, Ferry watched from the media room as Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant hit the game-winning jumper to beat the Hawks 111-109 just a short drive up the road in the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

FORD: SMART ‘WILL BE OK'

Smart struggled for the second straight game Monday, following his frustrating outing in the Cowboys' win Saturday over West Virginia.

Smart got into foul trouble in the first half and scored only six points before the break.

“I think Marcus will be OK,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “He came out and played well early. Got in his foul trouble and tried to do some things in the second half that were good.”

BENNETT, BENCH HELP SOONERS KEEP LEAD

It's not normally pretty when Ryan Spangler has to go to the bench with foul trouble.

But when Spangler sat down early in the first half against Bedlam after a dominant first 11 minutes, the Sooners didn't skip a beat.

Redshirt junior forward D.J. Bennett came in and played his best stretch of the season.

Just after entering the game, Bennett blocked a shot and pulled down the rebound and helped create a basket on the other end, then blocked another on the next possession and shortly after scored on a putback dunk.

He didn't get a block or a rebound on his third defensive possession but altered Brian Williams' shot, leading to a miss.

The Sooners outscored OSU 9-2 in Bennett's initial appearance and by six altogether with Bennett on the floor in the first half.

“When he's out there running the floor, he's one of the most athletic guys in the league,” Neal said. “With his length and kind of his feel for the game in there around the rim — being able to time his jumps to go block shots, we need that. There's going to be guys attacking the rim. We need somebody up there in the air to, if you're not blocking them, redirect them, alter the shots without fouling. His length gives you the opportunity to not foul and still affect the shots. We need that out of him.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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