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Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Travis Ford kept KU reminders coming

OSU coach wanted Cowboys to remember that Horned Frogs were capable of pulling another upset.
by John Helsley Published: February 27, 2013

photo - Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) goes up for a basket after getting by TCU 's Devonta Abron (23) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) ORG XMIT: TXTG102
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) goes up for a basket after getting by TCU 's Devonta Abron (23) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) ORG XMIT: TXTG102

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.”

NEXT 3:

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.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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