Oklahoma State men's basketball notebook: Travis Ford finds few positives in win

Ford said: “But I wasn't really excited about our performance. I don't think we played with the intensity level you have to play with for the first time all year long.”
by John Helsley Published: January 9, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash (2) and TCU's Devonta Abron (23) go after a loose ball during the college basketball game between Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. 
 Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash (2) and TCU's Devonta Abron (23) go after a loose ball during the college basketball game between Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“There were about three guys in the state who were good players when I was at LSU,” Johnson said, “and he was one of them.”

Johnson, in his first year at TCU, said he's seen growth in Brown's overall game, most notably in his outside shooting. Brown scored 14 points Wednesday night, making 5-of-11 shots.

“I'm very impressed, and I've told Markel this, with his improvement on the perimeter,” Johnson said. “There's not a lot of guys who are explosive like he is with their legs who will come and work on their skills like he has. He shoots it well from the perimeter.”

BOARD WORK DECEIVING?

Rebounding has been a constant emphasis for the Cowboys. And a frequent focus of practices.

After getting outrebounded in back-to-back games — both losses, to Gonzaga and Kansas State — OSU battered the Horned Frogs on the boards, 40-17.

“That was a big focus in practice this week, because we've been getting outrebounded in all three games we lost,” said Philip Jurick, who grabbed a game-high 10 boards. “Coaches made an emphasis on us rebounding.”

Ford was pleased with the effort, yet cautioned making too much of it.

“We did do some things we worked on, but I don't think they went hard to the glass,” Ford said.

NEXT 3

Saturday: at Oklahoma, 2 p.m.

Jan. 19: Texas Tech, 1 p.m.

Jan. 21: at Baylor, 4:30 p.m.

By John Helsley

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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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