Big 12 tournament: Cowboys manhandle Texas Tech, Kansas is next

Oklahoma State’s 80-62 romp past the Red Raiders served as little more than the setup to what may shape up as the main event at this four-day event: another Cowboys-Jayhawks showdown in a series that has offered nothing short of classics the past two years.
by John Helsley Published: March 12, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma State didn’t so much look past Texas Tech Wednesday night.

OSU peered right through the Red Raiders: to another meeting with Kansas.

The Cowboys’ 80-62 romp past Tech at the Big 12 Tournament served as little more than the setup to what may shape up as the main event at this four-day event: another Cowboys-Jayhawks showdown in a series that has offered nothing short of classics the past two years.

As tune-ups go, this one was all but perfect, except for brief slow starts to each half. The Cowboys jumped ahead early, got their stars some breaks and confirmed the rediscovered mojo that has accompanied Marcus Smart’s return from a three-game suspension, despite Saturday’s regret-filled loss at Iowa State.

“That’s what we wanted to do,” said OSU forward Le’Bryan Nash, “we wanted to get a big lead so we could rest guys, so we can get ready for Kansas. It’s going to be a big game. Kansas is the No. 1 seed. They’re the best team right now in the Big 12.

“We get a chance to play them again. It’s a chance to break the tie.”

Tip time: 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center.

It’s a chance the Cowboys coveted.

“It seems only right, huh?” Smart said. “I guess that’s what some people would say. It’s two heavyweight fighters going at it. May the best man win.”

The Cowboys have only recently reestablished themselves as a heavyweight contender, regrouping from a seven-game losing streak to now win five of their last six. The only hiccup in the stretch came in Ames, where OSU blew a big lead, then a three-point lead with five seconds to play, eventually falling in overtime.

But the Cowboys clearly washed that disappointment against Texas Tech, using a stifling defense to fuel a mounting lead that reached 23 points – by halftime, 46-23. From there, it was about playing out the final 20 minutes.

And getting to Kansas.


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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