The Big 12 Tournament didn't end well for Oklahoma State, with a 68-57 loss to Kansas State in the semifinals that saw the Cowboys shoot a season-low 30.5 percent from the floor.
After a strong closing run through the regular season, it was OSU's worst loss since a mid-January loss at Baylor.
“We didn't play too well our last game against Kansas State,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “Going back and watching it, I thought it was one of our poorer performances. But I have my reasons for that…”
Ford didn't elaborate, but K-State coaches and players suggested that the Cowboys appeared to be fatigued.
Regardless, the Cowboys must regroup and be ready to attack the goal they've been aiming for all along: the NCAA Tournament.
“We've won a lot of games,” Ford said. “I really haven't put a whole lot of thought into how we're playing. I'm putting thought into how we need to play better and start preparing for Oregon.”
Said Cowboys guard Marcus Smart: “I'd like to see us pick it back up on both ends of the floor. We've got to get back refocused.”