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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

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

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.”

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