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NCAA Basketball Tournament: Q&A with Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford

The Cowboys will begin tournament play at 3:40 p.m. Friday against Gonzaga in San Diego.
by Jenni Carlson Published: March 19, 2014

In its NCAA Tournament opener, Oklahoma State will face Gonzaga, an opponent that has become familiar. The two teams have played five times since 2004, including three games during Travis Ford’s tenure.

Q: How will last year’s game, a one-point loss at home, affect the players from a motivational standpoint?

A: “I don’t know. It goes both ways. I don’t think our team is getting caught up in that, other than we just know the personnel. We won’t put too much stock into that game because we’re a different team, and so are they. We won’t necessarily get too caught up in how that game was played.”

What stands out about Gonzaga’s personnel?

“They’re big. Two of their top three scorers are at the four and the five (positions). Kevin Pangos is their second-leading scorer, and he can shoot it. Not only that, but he can create his own shot. He is one of the better players in America. Gary Bell had a great game last year, here in Gallagher-Iba (Arena), and David Stockton is a really good point guard. We know their starting five pretty well. We’ll watch film and get to know the other guys better, but their starting five all played a significant role in last year’s game.”

Will you break down last year’s game film as part of your preparation?

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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