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Oklahoma State men's basketball: Celebrating a great man with basketball

Cowboys will take on Baylor on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Big 12 game is part of a day full of basketball around the country.
by John Helsley Published: January 20, 2013

Oklahoma State steps into a major spotlight Monday.

In a key road game at Baylor, for sure.

Yet also in one of a series ESPN-televised games celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

So for the Cowboys, it's a Big, Big Monday.

And they recognize it — on both fronts.

OSU seeks a road win over a quality club, the kind that could restore their contender status in the Big 12. So there's that.

But there's also an opportunity to share the stage with the day. It's an opportunity that has long put the NBA on this holiday stage, but is now opening up to the college kids, too.

The day on ESPN starts at noon with the NBA's Indiana Pacers and Memphis, then shifts to the college game at 2:30 with Cincinnati-Syracuse, includes the Cowboys and Bears at 4:30 p.m., Georgetown-Notre Dame at 6 and concludes with Texas-Oklahoma at 8:30.

Several Cowboys talked about what their game — and the day — means to them:

Sophomore forward Michael Cobbins

The Day: “I feel honored to be a part of something like that. It's a great day to be playing, for a great man. It's about freedom; doing things, not being afraid to voice your own opinions. Standing up for what you believe in. Never forget. It'll live on forever. Great day. I'm sure it'll be talked about a lot.”

The Game: “As far as a basketball standpoint, it's just another game for us. A big game. And we've got to prepare accordingly.”

Sophomore forward Le'Bryan Nash

The Day: “It honors one of the great men who made this country greater. He did so much with the ‘I Have A Dream' speech. And all he did to help us, the black people, making black people feel equal in society. And what he did made this country greater. I thank him for that every day.

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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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