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Oklahoma State basketball: No one should give up on Cowboys just yet

Coaches-turned-analysts say OSU has room to grow — but it should get better as season progresses
Oklahoman Published: January 27, 2013

Oklahoma State fans find themselves frustrated with their men's basketball team, expecting more than they've seen in a .500 start to the Big 12 schedule.

The angst is apparent on Twitter and the radio talk shows and the message board hangouts where the insistence is that Cowboys should be winning more. Should be beating Kansas State and Oklahoma and Baylor, even on the road.

The Cowboys were picked third in the league's preseason conference poll of coaches, yet currently sit sixth at 3-3. There might be 12 conference games remaining, but just like in Saturday's game against West Virginia — when panic ensued as the Pokes fell behind 24-11, before rallying for a decisive 80-66 win — patience isn't part of the plan.

Yet while their Cowboys aren't who they thought they'd be, this team is actually exactly what many analysts expected: a young team still developing and finding its way.

Doing a local radio interview this week, former coach and current ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg balked at the notion that OSU was underachieving.

“Using the word underachieving, I'm not sure is fair for the Cowboys,” Greenberg said. “You're looking at Marcus Smart, a freshman. You're looking at Le'Bryan Nash, a sophomore who really doesn't have a position, hasn't really been a dominant player. Markel Brown is a nice player, he's athletic, can make some shots.

“They really have no frontcourt, per se, a guy who you can throw it into, can create a double-team. I think they're about where they should be. They're a good basketball team.”

And in today's college basketball landscape, “good” is a bland description slapped on a lot of teams.

“I think right now, it's hard to find 68 teams, with the parity of college basketball,” Greenberg said in reference to projecting a March Madness bracket. “It's hard to win a game. And it's really hard to win a game on the road.”

Don't the Cowboys know, and Greenberg wasn't even addressing them.

The way Greenberg sees it, the teams that are succeeding are the teams with significant experience.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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