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