Before the game, Smart was presented with his Big 12 Player of the Year award at center court by commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
“It was a very special moment,” Smart said. “To see all my teammates stand there and applaud me, especially because if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't even have the opportunity to be accepting it.”
For the next two-plus hours, Smart compiled 21 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in another complete performance.
MAKE OR MISS?
Once Phil Forte hit the first of his two late-game free throws, there was a thought from OSU's coaching staff to have him potentially miss the second.
It would have forced Baylor, without any timeouts, to rebound and quickly push, instead of setting up the long inbound to Pierre Jackson for an ideal look that missed just long.
The reason OSU didn't have Forte miss? Markel Brown has the answer.
“Coach told him to miss it and I looked at coach and I was like, 'Hold on coach, we need these points,'” Brown said. “And he changed his mind because I told him to. When Pierre Jackson went flying down that court I was like, ‘Please don't let this be my fault.'”
*Former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden was in attendance, sitting behind the Cowboy bench and right next to athletic director Mike Holder.
*With two steals, Smart set the Big 12 freshman record with 91 thefts on the season. It was previously held by former Kansas point guard and current Miami Heat player Mario Chalmers.
*Smart's 14 free-throw attempts were the most ever by a freshman in the Big 12 Tournament.
*Baylor center Isaiah Austin was held without a field goal for the first time this season.
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