While the Cowboys streaked into Austin as winners of four straight, the last three in the streak had been grinders, all decided on the final possession.
That had coach Travis Ford's attention.
“I was a little concerned coming into this game,” Ford said after Oklahoma State rolled to a 72-59 win over the Longhorns. “We've got a lot of respect for Texas and coach (Rick) Barnes, they've won a lot of games here this year and been in so many tight games. We've been through some mentally draining games, as well as physical.
“But we did some things the last couple days to try and get our guys' minds off those other games, and just relax and have a good time and enjoy this journey, rather than think about all those close games.”
“We played Wiffle ball on Thursday,” he said. “That's what we did. Kind of surprised them.”
Surprise wasn't all.
“Some of the guys had no clue on how to even hold a bat,” Ford said. “I'm not kidding you. They had no idea.
“We just did anything to get our guys' minds off the prior games.”
COWBOYS FOCUSED ON THE ARC
For all the good numbers associated with OSU's surge to a 17-5 mark, one stat was disturbing Ford: his team's 3-point field goal percentage defense, which at 39.0 percent in conference play, ranked last.
A point of emphasis Saturday, the Cowboys held Texas to a 1-of-18 afternoon from the arc.
“We put a lot of emphasis on the perimeter,” said Cowboys guard Markel Brown. “Going into practice, we worked on kind of doing what Baylor did to us, getting into our shooting rhythm, and getting their hands up when we shoot.
“I guess you could say they didn't shoot too well, but I'm glad it worked out for us.”
Wednesday: at Texas Tech, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Oklahoma, 12:45 p.m.
Feb. 20: Kansas, 8 p.m.
FORD RELATES TO BARNES' STRUGGLES
Under Rick Barnes, Texas has never finished with a losing record in Big 12 play.
But at 2-8 past the halfway point of the conference schedule, a rally to .500 is looking bleak, even with star guard Myck Kabongo finally ready to return from an NCAA-imposed, 23-game suspension.
“I told (Barnes) before the game, they're going through a lot of what we went through last year,” Ford said. “He has a player who's not playing for them. We had a player (Darrell Williams) last year we thought was going to be playing for us possibly, that didn't play. Then you go through injuries … young, like we were last year. Very similar.
“It's hard to get much rhythm, much flow or things going on.”