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John Helsley: OSU's Matt Pilgrim must break funk, replace suspended Darrell Williams

by John Helsley Modified: February 8, 2011 at 11:33 am •  Published: February 8, 2011
The Oklahoman's Oklahoma State basketball and football beat writer John Helsley answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports

On which player will fill the void left by the suspension of forward Darrell Williams:

The heaviest burden now shifts to Matt Pilgrim. And of late, he's showing signs of breaking out of his extended funk. Two solid games in a row. He's playing with more energy, which is always the question with Matt. Beyond Pilgrim, Roger Franklin will have to provide depth. And Jarred Shaw could see his minutes increase.

On the team moving on without Williams:

10 days ago, the question wouldn't have been as pressing, with Williams struggling with major inconsistencies and falling into frequent foul trouble. But the light seemed to be going on for Williams, seen in his strong play against Mizzou and OU. If Pilgrim gets close to the player he was at the end of last season, I think the Cowboys can remain in the race for an NCAA spot.

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