Most of the college basketball talk leading into Tuesday’s OSU-Memphis game was about this year’s fab freshman. Andrew Wiggins. Julius Randle. Jabari Parker.
Well, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart let the nation know there’s a pretty good sophomore still around. Smart scored 39 points in a 101-80 rout of Memphis and the Internet went off.
If we could put all the Smart praise into a cup, it would runneth over. Here are some of the best:
Marcus Smart is ready 4 NBA now but wouldn’t be household name Everyone will know him after 2nd yr staying 2ndyr made him $$$$ @dandakich
— Ryan Burr (@ryanburr) November 20, 2013
Unconfirmed report: Marcus Smart is now the No. 19-ranked team in the country. #talent
— ESPN The Magazine (@ESPNMag) November 20, 2013
But in other news y’all keep sleeping on Marcus Smart son is nothing but the pure unadulterated TRUTH !
— The Black FONZ (@TheWayOf_Loso) November 20, 2013
@RockChalkTalk Marcus Smart still overrated?
— C Shafffer (@coreyshafffer) November 20, 2013
Got em’ RT “@nolancox: Hoping Marcus Smart and Phil Forte are feeling better today because they both looked pretty sick last night.”
— Justin Mitchell (@senyormitchell) November 20, 2013
“@adknows11: Man it’s a damn shame what Marcus Smart did to Joe Jackson last night”Joe who?
— Nupey Laflare (@MettaEarl) November 20, 2013
Marcus Smart > Smart Car pic.twitter.com/NYiw6WOLDQ
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 20, 2013
Rant Sports says Smart should be the Big 12’s top attention grabber, not Wiggins.
Smart had a partner-in-crime on Sophomore Dominance Day, said USA Today.
SI.com’s Chris Johnson: Smart proved his worth.
John Hoover of the Tulsa World called Smart’s big game “perfect timing.”
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant said Smart is ready for the NBA now.
And our own Berry Tramel said that Smart took his game to another level on Tuesday.
The Underrated Play
Craziest thing about Marcus Smart-apalooza? His most impressive play may have been on defense.
The ‘This says it all’ Vine of the Night (in-house edition)
Thunder writer Anthony Slater posted this Vine video that pretty much sums up Smart’s virtuoso performance: