Big 12 Tournament: Oklahoma State falls to Kansas State

The scowl never left Travis Ford's face Friday night, carrying from beginning to end of Oklahoma State's 68-57 loss to No. 11 Kansas State at the Big 12 Tournament.
by John Helsley Published: March 15, 2013


photo - Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33) consoles Markel Brown (22) as they walk off the court following the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's basketball championship tournament game between Oklahoma State University and Kansas State at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Friday, March 15, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33) consoles Markel Brown (22) as they walk off the court following the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's basketball championship tournament game between Oklahoma State University and Kansas State at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Friday, March 15, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

That's how the K-State coaches saw it.

“I don't think there's any doubt,” said Wildcats head coach Bruce Weber, “we watched — at least the coaches watched in person last night the second half — and really thought they were getting a little tired even in the Baylor game.”

There's evidence in the poor shooting, with air balls and other short shots. The Cowboys regularly failed to finish at the rim.

And as Rodriguez said, the Wildcats consistently created freedom on the break.

“We still came out and played hard,” said OSU guard Marcus Smart, who scored a team-high 18 points. “It wasn't much fatigue …”

Like Brown, Le'Bryan Nash was saddled with early foul trouble and didn't score in the first half, before rallying late to finish with 11. No other Cowboy managed more than eight. And only Philip Jurick, who sat much of the game, was the only player to shoot better than .500 from the field with a 2-for-3 night.

Maybe that's a silver lining in K-State's story. If the Cowboys are showing signs of wear and tear, having Saturday off at least gives them another day to recover.

Then Sunday, when OSU returns to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time in three years, there should be a boost in the announcement of where they're headed and who awaits.

“Right now, I'm not too excited, because we just lost,” Brown said. “But it's a great time to be playing. We'll get back, have a nice cooked meal waiting for us and watch the Sunday selection.”

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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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