Oklahoma State basketball: A peek at Travis Ford's holiday wish list

The Pokes appear primed for a major bounce-back. And to help pull it off, in the spirit of the holiday season, here's a good guess at Ford's wish list for the coming months.
by John Helsley Published: December 23, 2012
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photo - OSU: Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford argues a call during the college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Portland State, Sunday,Nov. 25, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OSU: Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford argues a call during the college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Portland State, Sunday,Nov. 25, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Good vibrations. Let's face it, OSU's recent teams revealed unrest, with players coming and going and some in trouble with the law. These Cowboys, however, seem solid. They're not only likable, but they like each other. And it shows.

Reliable road map. For the Cowboys to blossom into a Big 12 contender, they'll have to do some damage on the road. And the road has been a scary place for Ford's teams, which have gone 10-31 in true road games — 6-27 in enemy Big 12 arenas — over four seasons. That can't continue, especially with so many league teams appearing vulnerable. Ford and his staff must identify factors, whatever they are, to flip history. Better players should help. Still, the veterans have little road success to lean on and the newcomers will be finding their way.

Crowded house. Theories abound on why attendance is down at Gallagher-Iba Arena. And frankly, they're a bit tired. Instead, how about a reason for a return of the “rowdiest arena in the country”: these Cowboys could be on the verge of a special season, with a talented cast that plays hard, is fun to watch and easy to pull for. Ford keeps saying it, they'd appreciate more support. A great home environment can lift a team. With this team, a good lift could be enough to hoist them toward the top of the Big 12.

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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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