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Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Early foul trouble stings OSU in loss to Kansas State

Marcus Smart, Le'Bryan Nash and Markel Brown make up the only trio in the league all averaging double figures. But in the first half of Friday's 68-57 loss to Kansas State, two of those three were held scoreless.
BY ANTHONY SLATER Published: March 15, 2013
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Cobbins injures shoulder

Early in the first half, Michael Cobbins went up for a rebound in traffic and came down holding his right shoulder.

It briefly forced him to the bench, where he received treatment before returning. And in the postgame locker room, Cobbins had it wrapped in ice.

“Just got pinched back behind me and slipped out a little bit,” Cobbins said. “I got it popped back in, but it's a little sore right now. Not the first time I've had this injury, but the first time I had it on this shoulder.”

Cobbins said he should be good to go for the NCAA Tournament next weekend.

Tourney bound 

Last season, Nash sat in a disheartened Kansas City locker room, wrist in a cast, talking about the end of OSU's season.

“There's a bad vibe in here,” Nash said in that same locker room on Friday night.

Bad vibe, maybe, but a bit better feeling this time around.

That's because the Cowboys season isn't over. They're heading home tomorrow morning and gearing up for Selection Sunday, where they are expected to land a top-5 NCAA tourney seed.

“I hope we get put in the South region, to tell you the truth,” said Nash, a Dallas native.

Tip-ins

*OSU's bench went 4-of-21 from the field.

*Marcus Smart already holds the single-season Big 12 freshman steals record with 94. Now he's going for the overall record, which stands at 102. He'll need nine thefts in the NCAA Tournament to break it.

*Phil Forte's two 3-pointers gave him 67 on the season, tying him with James Anderson for an OSU freshman record.

*OSU lost for just the fourth time this season when holding an opponent under 70 points (19-3 previously).


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