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Oklahoma State basketball: OSU's factor of failure

Oklahoman Modified: March 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm •  Published: March 6, 2012

Point problem. Since Byron Eaton's senior sendoff, Ford has spun through no fewer than six point guards, with none offering an ideal answer. And disjointed offenses have often been the result.

Rough road. Ford took an aggressive approach to his nonconference scheduling this season, believing he had a team up to the task. It was a miscalculation. The Cowboys finished nonconference play at 7-6, impacting their overall record. To date, OSU's strength of schedule ranks No. 2 nationally.

The Ford Years

2008-09: 23-12 — Cowboys returned to the NCAA Tournament after a three-year absence, beating Tennessee and nearly knocking off No. 1 seed Pittsburgh.

2009-10: 22-11 — Behind Big 12 Player of the Year James Anderson, Cowboys returned to the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round.

2010-11: 20-14 — A team that lacked chemistry and a clutch scorer slipped to the NIT, where it beat Harvard, before losing at Washington State.

2011-12: 14-17 — Everything from injuries to defections to a rough schedule has contributed to what figures to be OSU's first losing season in more than two decades.

By John Helsley

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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