Oklahoma State men's basketball: Cowboys spend the week on polishing basics

Coach Travis Ford said OSU must play with intensity, urgency every game.
by John Helsley Published: January 18, 2013

“We've been calling it ‘Commitment Week,'” Cobbins said. “Just dedication, getting back to the basics, things we've kind of shied away from.

“But I think we're all back to where we need to be.”

Ford said he thinks so, too, offering up an almost evil smile and chuckle when reflecting on the pace of practices.

“They probably needed Wednesday off, after Monday and Tuesday,” Ford said.

Even the players will agree, they probably needed the hard days spent on the court, too.

A team that built a reputation for nasty defense through the opening two months of the season has slipped some of late, allowing opponents easier offense.

For a team still developing on the offensive end, stout defense is a must.

“Our defense is our identity, so we've got to get better on the defensive end,” Nash said. “Our offense is coming.”

The Cowboys started the season with promise, winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off with wins over Tennessee and North Carolina State. But those wins are becoming more distant in the rearview mirror.

And for a team once considered a contender in the Big 12, OSU has seen other teams — Kansas State, Oklahoma, even Baylor — seize the conference's buzz.

That's why the Cowboys feel this week was important in terms of resetting themselves for what remains a long run ahead.

“I liked it,” Nash said. “There's no sitting back. We've got to go. We need to get back to what we did in Puerto Rico and what we did early in the season, showing people that we are here and we are Oklahoma State.

“We just said life is short. We want this Big 12 championship. And we've got to go get it. We can't do what we did against OU and just hope it comes to us. We've got to go out there and get it and prove to ourselves that we're a great team.”

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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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