Due to finals week, the Cowboys will peel back their practice schedule.
Coach Travis Ford said he'd give the team Sunday and Monday off, then try to find days and times to accommodate the schedules of the players from that point on.
“I don't like this week,” Ford said, surely echoing the thoughts of all students. “It's a tough week mentally for the guys, and us as well.
“I gave the guys the finals speech, ‘This week you can turn a C to a B, or a B to an A. It can go the other way, too.'”
Further complicating matters, OSU won't have Gallagher-Iba or their practice gym available Friday or Saturday, due to graduation. The Cowboys will practice instead at the Colvin Center, an on-campus health club facility for students; or Stillwater High. They've also gone to Langston in years past.
Markel Brown will be undergoing surgery to remove his wisdom teeth and missing four or five days.
“You don't usually get a whole lot better this week, but hopefully we can sustain,” Ford said.
FORD OK WITH LONG BALL
The Cowboys have proved to be a streaky shooting team, particularly from the perimeter.
Overall, they're shooting just 29.3 percent from beyond the arc, making just 43 of 147 of their 3-point attempts. OSU made but 4 of 23 shots from long range in Saturday's 62-42 win over Missouri State.
Are the Cowboys firing too many 3s?
“Nope. Not at all,” Ford said. “Somebody mentioned that to me, I don't remember who it was, maybe my wife. But no, I don't. In practice we're making them. And we have the ability to get hot.
“Markel can make 3s. Marcus (Smart) can really shoot it. These guys really shot the ball well this summer. I think we can get there. Phil Forte is going to make shots.
“My philosophy, if you're open, shoot it.”
By John Helsley