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

The Game: “It means a lot to play on Martin Luther King Day, what he did for this great country, on ESPN. Everybody's going to be watching. I think it's going to be exciting. We're going to try to go out and get a big win on the road, because we need one right now. Baylor and Oklahoma State, two of the top teams in the Big 12 in the preseason. It's going to be an exciting game.”

Freshman forward Kamari Murphy

The Day: “The day is pretty special for all of us. Martin Luther King, everybody knows what he did for us, getting everybody equal rights. Just to come out and play hard, knowing that if he was still here and watching, we'd be playing hard for him.”

The Game: “It's a great time to expose what we have and come out and play hard. The game is one of the biggest games we're going to have. One of the toughest teams we're going to play in conference.”

Freshman guard Marcus Smart

The Day: “It's a reminder of what he did for our rights and giving us the opportunity to go to schools like this, just to have the same equal rights. That means a lot to me. So it's incredible, just for two schools to be going at it on a significant day like that, it just adds to how significant a game it's going to be and how big a game it's going to be.”

The Game: “I'm pumped. We get to go in and play against a great team on their home court. It's going to be a great game. We're going in to put on a show for the crowd. Both teams will be going at 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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