Big 12 basketball: OSU coach Travis Ford knew OU was capable of beating Cowboys

Ford said: “They've done a great job. All five starters are back from last year's team, and three of them aren't even starting.”
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 14, 2013
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photo - BEDLAM / OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY: Sooners' Amath M'Baye (22) gets a loose ball in front of Cowboys' Le'Bryan Nash (2) during the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat  the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) 77-68  in NCAA, men's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
BEDLAM / OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY: Sooners' Amath M'Baye (22) gets a loose ball in front of Cowboys' Le'Bryan Nash (2) during the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) 77-68 in NCAA, men's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

IN COACH THEY TRUST

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber liked it when he used to be able to tell his team, “This team's good” and his players believed him, even it was just a tactic for motivation.

With the information at his players' fingertips nowadays, that isn't as easy.

“They go on the Internet now and they know the scores and watch the players,” Weber said. “You can't hide things. We try to build a trust with our players. We try to tell them. Sometimes it takes until they're in the game and they say, ‘Coach, you're right.'”

PUTTING ALLEN BEHIND THEM

Last week, Fred Hoiberg and his Iowa State Cyclones threatened to end Kansas' 30-game home court winning streak.

The Cyclones pushed the then-No. 6 team to overtime but never threatened in the extra minutes.

Now, Hoiberg said he's trying to keep his team from a let down, but the Cyclones went out the next game and defeated Texas by 20 points.

“I'm so proud of our guys,” the Iowa State coach said. “Absolutely heartbreaking for everybody involved in it. You don't get an opportunity to win in Allen often. … It was important. Important to see how much that game hurt.”

QUOTABLE

Kansas coach Bill Self on his Jayhawks' slow start that led to an eventual 60-46 win against Texas Tech: “I think I'd be in agreement with whoever thinks we didn't play very well because we didn't.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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