Oklahoma State men's basketball coach Travis Ford said it Saturday and again on Monday.
He likes Oklahoma's team. He thought Oklahoma was capable of pulling out a win against the Cowboys, and he said those who didn't think so weren't watching the Sooners close enough.
“They've done a great job,” Ford said. “All five starters are back from last year's team, and three of them aren't even starting … you've got an opportunity to have some experience when you need it, kind of like against us.
“I like their team. It's not a surprise to me at all. Anytime you return five starters in the Big 12, or any league, you have really good players, I think you expect it to be this good.”
BACK WITH DREW
Last April, news broke that Baylor self-imposed sanctions for impermissible phone calls and text messages. Part of the sanctions included that men's basketball coach Scott Drew would not be able to coach Baylor's first two conference games.
The Bears went 2-0 without Drew at the helm. He talked Monday about those two games.
“I'm very pleased,” Drew said about the conference play. “It starts with Pierre Jackson. He's doing a good job of playing with pressure and getting everyone excited. Defensively, we're playing much better as a team and much more solidly.”
Drew also talked a little bit about coming back to a team that's been strong in its conference play.
“Every head coach is only as good as his staff,” Drew said. “I'm glad everyone got to see how good our staff is.”
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.”
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.”