KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The location of Wednesday night’s game was Kansas City, but maybe Oklahoma State’s Keiton Page thought he was back in Pawnee, America.
Back where seemingly every jumper goes in with a flick of his wrist, where his shooting range stretches far and wide, where his point total quickly rises.
As this basketball season gets down to serious business, the basketball court once again seems like home on the range for the OSU point guard.
Page had non-partisan fans "oohing” and "aahing” inside the Sprint Center during the first half of the Cowboys’ 81-67 opening-round elimination of Oklahoma at the Big 12 Tournament.
The former Class 2A Pawnee High School standout had 19 first-half points, going 6-for-6 from the field, 5-for-5 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
The (allegedly) 5-foot-9 sophomore finished with 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and also had four steals and three assists.
During one sequence, OU coach Jeff Capel signaled for a timeout while a Page 3-point attempt was still in mid-flight.
Shortly thereafter, an exasperated Tommy Mason-Griffin was late to defend Page, who buried another 3 directly in front of the OU bench. Mason-Griffin spun around and hung his head in frustration, disbelief, or both.
Shortly thereafter, Page’s 3-point attempt clanged off the front of the rim, bounced high off the backboard and into the basket. Ooh. Aah.
The kid who seemed to do little right earlier this season can now seemingly do no wrong.
His timing couldn’t have been better.
Not only is the Thunder the talk of the NBA this season, the team also has drawn attention in the Big 12 media circuit.
Several reporters covering the Big 12 Tournament have inquired about the Thunder this week. The most common opinion shared? "I love watching those guys play.”
Perhaps Big 12 media are allured because several Thunder players could still be in college — Kevin Durant (senior season at Texas); Russell Westbrook (senior season at UCLA): James Harden (junior season at Arizona State); and Byron Mullens (sophomore year at Ohio State).
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