OSU freshman Stevie Clark traveled with the team to Manhattan, but did not play in Saturday's 74-71 loss at Kansas State, following his arrest for marijuana possession on Wednesday.
Clark didn't participate in pregame warm-ups or sit on the bench, instead limited to waiting in the locker room for the whole game.
Cowboys coach Travis Ford declined to offer specifics on Clark's status, but did acknowledge the interest of fans and observers, considering Clark had been previously been suspended and sent home from the Old Spice Classic in Florida.
“I get that. I fully grasp that they want to know,” Ford said. “And I appreciate it. But you've got to step back … it's not always as easy as people think. It's not always easy just to comment. It's just happened.
“We're just evaluating the whole situation and seeing what's next. But there's really not any statement to make.”
FORD TIGHTENS ROTATION
With Michael Cobbins lost to injury and Clark not available, Ford used his bench sparingly beyond regular sixth man Phil Forte.
Marek Soucek, Christien Sager and Leyton Hammonds combined for just 10 minutes, combining for no points and one rebound. Junior college big man Gary Gaskins, expected to fill some of the void in the post, didn't play.
Ford said his circle of trust could expand with time.
“That's the way it's going to be until we figure things out,” Ford said. “That's what's going to be a little bit of an ongoing process.”
SMART RECEIVES UN-WARM WELCOME
Cowboys sophomore Marcus Smart, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, is a frequent target of opposing crowds.
That was the case again Saturday, when the Bramlage Coliseum fans took exception to perceived flopping by the OSU star.
“You're a flopper … You're a flopper …” they chanted.
Smart took it in stride.
“I look at it as respect,” he said. “I'm nowhere near LeBron (James) or Kobe (Bryant), but it happens to them all the time. It's because they're great players and people don't like to see them achieve.
“I like it. It shows me that I'm respected by the other teams and their home crowds. They respect me and know who I am and that I'm a good player.”
UP NEXT: TEXAS
The Cowboys return home Wednesday with a game against Texas at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Tip time is 8 p.m.
The Longhorns have been one of the surprise teams in the Big 12, carrying an 11-2 record into Saturday night's game against Oklahoma in Austin.
K-State coach Bruce Weber on the impact of Saturday's win:
“The guys were definitely excited in the locker room. Mississippi was huge. Gonzaga was pretty big. George Washington, too. But this was a whole different step for us.”