“A lot of positives,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “From beginning to end, I was just really pleased.
“We rebounded the ball. We passed the ball. Everyone got to play. We showed some unselfishness. Our offense was better than it's been. It just seems to get a little bit better.”
Even Ford seemed relieved to be able to look ahead with anticipation, although he said this series of five wins averaging a victory margin of 24.6 — over South Florida, Missouri State, Central Arkansas, UT Arlington and Tennessee Tech — served the Cowboys well.
“The last five games have been good, because we've had stretches where we could learn,” Ford said. “That's good. And we used it.” Against Gonzaga, they'll get to put what they've learned to the test.
The Bulldogs (11-1) have already popped three Big 12 squads, romping past West Virginia 84-50, Oklahoma 72-47 and Kansas State 68-52. And they play Baylor in Spokane on Friday.
“There will be two Top 25 teams playing in here,” Ford said. “And it's been a while since that's happened nonconference wise. Hopefully we'll get some fan support — we're going to need it. Hopefully it'll be a difference-maker.
“We understand, this is a team that could compete at the top of the Big 12, so it's a big challenge for us.”
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