“We've just got to be prepared. Hopefully we can understand the mentality we need to go in there and win. Because we need a road win. We need road wins to survive in this league.”
OSU's recent trips down I-35 have been frustrating for a variety of reasons.
In 2009, the Cowboys gave the fourth-ranked Sooners and Blake Griffin a scare, only to lose 82-78, before upsetting OU the next week in the Big 12 Tournament.
The following year, OSU lost in overtime, 62-57, as the Sooners surged ahead once Big 12 Player of the Year James Anderson was knocked out of the game for an extended period and clearly not the same once he returned.
In 2011, cold second-half shooting doomed the Cowboys in a 64-61 loss.
And last year, the Cowboys managed but 12 first-half points – one more than the program's all-time low – rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to get within three, only to fade late in falling 77-64. Nash remembers it well, for more than the outcome.
“I broke my hand,” he said, referring to an odd play that forced him to miss the remaining four games. “It was tough. We didn't knock down any shots in the first half at all.
“I'm thinking about that and helping this team remember that. Hopefully, we can go in there and some things will be different.”