“Last couple games, we’ve had some guys play a lot of minutes,” Ford said. “We need to get them off their feet, rest their minds, rest their bodies as much as we can before a long trip on Saturday.”
NO WORRIES ABOUT SMART’S ANKLE
Smart put a scare into the OSU crowd when he dropped to his knees late in the first half and smacked the floor in pain, then limped to the bench and stayed there for the rest of the period.
Smart returned for the second half, however, and Ford said his point guard just re-aggravated a minor ankle injury that has plagued him for much of the season.
“That’s been bothering him a little bit,” Ford said. “If he says he can play, he can play. Some of those things, you’ve got to get out there and keep it loose if it’s not bad.
“The trainer said he just tweaked it, as he has been many times. He’s tweaked it several times this year. Same one.”
WEEDEN2BLACKMON TOGETHER AGAIN
Former OSU football stars Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon were both in attendance Wednesday night, with Weeden sitting courtside and Blackmon in the front row of the Cowboy student section.
The pair received a standing ovation when shown on the video board. They also chatted during a timeout in the second half, which was capped by a hug.
Weeden and Blackmon both just completed their NFL rookie seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively.
FORTE SNAPS OUT OF SLUMP AT RIGHT TIME
Cowboy freshman Phil Forte is known for his long-distance shooting, but he was cold from beyond the arc against the Jayhawks.
Forte, who had missed his first six 3-pointers, knotted the score at 63 with a trey in the left corner with 57 seconds left. That ended up being the shot that sent the game to double overtime.
Yet even when the freshman’s shot wasn’t falling, he continued to show a knack for getting the key steal in crunch time.
He snatched the ball away from Tharpe with 2:51 to play and got fouled in the open floor. He sank both free throws, which tied the game at 53.
Saturday at West Virginia, 1 p.m.
Feb. 27 at TCU, 6 p.m.
March 2 vs. Texas, 3 p.m.