But he took a moment Wednesday night to admire what's going on with OSU.
“I mentioned to (our) guys before the game, in my opinion, that's as versatile a team as we have in our league,” Johnson said. “They can play fast. They can play slow …
“They're good. They're really good.”
Saturday: Texas, 3 p.m.
Wednesday: at Iowa State, 6 p.m.
March 9: Kansas State, 12:45 p.m.
WILLIAMS CONTINUES TO PROGRESS
During a key stretch late in the first half, when the Cowboys went on a defense-inspired 12-1 run to take a 38-24 lead to halftime, OSU had its “original” five starters on the floor.
Original as in the expected lineup before Brian Williams fractured his wrist just before the season began: Williams, Nash, Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Michael Cobbins.
It's a lineup that offers situational promise as Williams continues to improve.
“Brian is one of our best defenders,” Smart said. “He's quick with his feet. He's active with his hands. He has the right body type to guard anybody. When we have that group in, that's a great defensive group for us.
“And we use that to our advantage. We can get up and pressure guys a little more, knowing we have Michael back there to protect the hole for us.”
Williams played a season-high 23 minutes, scoring six points with three rebounds and two steals.