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Oklahoma State basketball: Travis Ford trying to avoid distractions, get Cowboys back to NCAA Tournament

OSU BASKETBALL — The Oklahoma State men's basketball team took some early hits — injuries to Brian Williams and Michael Cobbins — but the Cowboys still have a ton of talent on their roster. And its talent they'll need to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.
by John Helsley Published: November 8, 2012

photo - OSU head men's basketball coach Travis Ford poses for a photo during basketball media day for Oklahoma State University at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU head men's basketball coach Travis Ford poses for a photo during basketball media day for Oklahoma State University at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“We've still got some good players, no question,” Ford said. “Things have changed a little bit. But that's part of it. We'll adjust. We just need a little more out of some people.

“But we're all right. Once we get Cobbins back, if we can survive this early schedule, we'll be fine.”

This team feels different from Ford's last two, which finished 20-14 and 15-18 and were plagued by roster turmoil and injuries.

Ford's first recruiting class, a thrown-together lot collected on the fly after his hire, has now completely washed out. His latest classes, however, seem to boast more character than characters.

“I just look at the toughness of this team,” Brown said, “the competitiveness of everyone coming to practice, working hard trying to make the team better. We all just feel good about this team.”

Said Olukemi: “It's a more mature group of guys. Hard working. No shortcuts. That's what you want to get back to the tournament. I definitely like the feel of the team. I feel like everybody has each other's back and wants to play for each other.”

And wants to play on – into March and in the NCAA Tournament.

“We know last year wasn't a good year for us,” Nash said. “We look back on that and try to respond from that. We're talented. There's no doubt about that, we're talented.

“Now it's just go out there and do it.”

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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OSU MEN'S SCHEDULE

November

9 UC DAVIS — 8 p.m.

15 vs. *Arkron — 9:30 a.m.

16 vs. *TBD — TBD

18 vs. *TBD — TBD

25 PORTLAND STATE — 1 p.m.

December

1 at Virginia Tech — 1 p.m.

5 SOUTH FLORIDA — 8 p.m.

8 MISSOURI STATE — 3 p.m.

16 CENTRAL ARKANSAS — 3 p.m.

19 UT ARLINGTON — 7 p.m.

22 TENNESSEE TECH — noon

31 GONZAGA — 5 p.m.

January

5 at Kansas State — 12:30 p.m.

9 TCU — 7 p.m.

12 at Oklahoma — 2 p.m.

19 TEXAS TECH — 1 p.m.

21 at Baylor — 4:30 p.m.

26 WEST VIRGINIA — noon

30 IOWA STATE — 7 p.m.

February

2 at Kansas — 3 p.m.

6 BAYLOR — 6 p.m.

9 at Texas — 12;30 p.m.

13 at Texas Tech — 6 p.m.

16 OKLAHOMA — 12:30 p.m.

20 KANSAS — 8 p.m.

23 at West Virginia — 1 p.m.

27 at TCU — 6 p.m.

March

2 TEXAS — 3 p.m.

6 at Iowa State — 6 p.m.

9 KANSAS STATE — 12:30 p.m.

13-16 #Big 12 Tournament — TBD

* Puerto Rico Tip-Off

# Sprint Arena, Kansas City

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