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Oklahoma State basketball: Will Le'Bryan Nash play?

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm •  Published: March 12, 2014
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Le’Bryan Nash suffered a dislocated finger last Saturday at Iowa State, and though he stayed in the game, he obviously was bothered. Nash yelled to teammates and coaches, “It’s broken, it’s broken” as he came to the sidelines in Ames, Iowa.

Nash’s finger has been heavily taped in recent days and he really hasn’t practiced. So, will he play tonight against Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament?

Probably. Travis Ford said he’ll leave that decision up to the trainers and doctors. If they say Nash is good to go, he’ll play. If they say no, he won’t. But if they say it’s questionable, then Ford has a dilemma.

This is not a game the Cowboys should need to make the NCAA Tournament. Most analysts have OSU as a No. 9 seed. But you never know for sure. A loss to Tech would raise new doubts about the Cowboys and might return them to the NCAA bubble. Does Ford want to play with that fire?

It’s a tough decision. I think OSU will be in the field, even with a loss. And definitely the Cowboys need Nash to make any kind of run in Kansas City or in the NCAAs next week. But Tech’s chances go up quickly and dramatically if Nash doesn’t play tonight. And this is an OSU team that needs all the victories it can get, as much for morale as NCAA resume’.

 

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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