Oklahoma State basketball: Marcus Smart's back flip remembered by Kansas players

Smart's celebration after the Cowboys' victory in Lawrence, Kan., earlier this month has become a signature moment for this season, but the Jayhawks are now fired up.
By Anthony Slater Published: February 18, 2013

Point guard Elijah Johnson admitted to seeing the celebration, telling reporters, “Yeah, that's a big deal.”

But in reality, it's not as much about the back flip, but more about the emotional and stunning loss, which sent the Jayhawks into a three-game tailspin. The back flip just provides a clean and crisp reminder of everything that happened that day, all packed into one nine-second YouTube clip.

So Self likely showed it last week and replayed it this week. He's probably got it on a constant loop in Jayhawk headquarters as we speak.

“… On the plane coming down here, in the locker room before the game,” Travis Ford joked, rattling off the times he figured Self would show it as motivation.

And Smart knows as much, admitting that he somewhat regretted it.

“Now they have something that's really going to motivate them to come in here,” Smart said. “But like I said, it was in the emotion of the moment, in the flow and it just happened. I can't take it back now. ... As a player and competitor, if I saw that, that would definitely get me fired up.”

And Kansas will be fired up come 8 p.m. Wednesday. Make no mistake. But so will the Cowboys, with bragging rights and conference placement on the line.

“Once you throw the ball up, doesn't matter,” Ford said. “There were certain things that OU did down (in Norman) that we used. But like I told our guys, once you throw that ball up, you got to play.”



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