MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING
After Wednesday night's loss at Iowa State, the Cowboys were no longer in the Big 12 title chase. And a third-place finish in the Big 12 was secure, following back-to-back second division finishes in the league the past two seasons.
Still, Brown insisted the game against the Wildcats carried meaning. And the Cowboys showed it, rallying from a nine-point, second-half deficit to win.
“This game does a lot for us,” Brown said. “We beat a top 10 team on our home court coming off a loss. We didn't want to lose two in a row.
“And this does a lot for our seeding in the NCAA Tournament. It's never too late for anything. We're just trying to keep winning and keep playing hard.”
* Saturday's game marked the fifth clash in the renovated Gallagher-Iba Arena history between two top 15 teams. Two occurred this season.
* The win over the No. 9 Wildcats marks the third victory over a top-10 team this season for Oklahoma State. It's the first time since 2003-04 that OSU has achieved that feat.
* OSU finished conference play with a 13-5 mark, just the third time in school history that the Cowboys have won 13 conference games, with 1937-38 (13-1) and 2003-04 (14-2) the others.
* OSU has now defeated at least one ranked opponent at home in each of the past 15 seasons.
* With five blocked shots, the Cowboys moved past last season's total of 141 and now has 142 this year. That's the most blocks by an OSU squad since 2002-03, when those Pokes had 171.
* With two steals against KSU, Smart tied former KU star Mario Chalmers for the most steals by a freshman in Big 12 history. He now has 89 thefts in his rookie season, matching Chalmers' total in 2005-06.
* Brown became the sixth player in school history to record 100 steals and 75 blocked shots in a career. He also became just the second player in the OSU record book to record 200 assists, 100 steals and 75 blocked shots, joining Byron Houston.
* Smart recorded his 13th game of five or more assists this season.