Cowboys coach Travis Ford found himself struggling to produce positives in OSU's 63-45 win over TCU, other than the obvious — the win — of course.
“Happy with the win, we'll take it,” Ford said, “but I wasn't really excited about our performance. I didn't think we played with the intensity level you have to play with for the first time all year long.”
Most distressing to Ford: a season-worst 24 turnovers, a product of a ragged game that sniffed of two teams fully knowing the verdict early on.
“We've been leading the league in assist-turnover margin,” Ford said. “I'm sure that will change after tonight.”
COWBOYS REMEMBER PATSY SUTTON
In a nod to Patsy Sutton, the matriarch of the Sutton basketball family who died Tuesday in Tulsa, OSU made several gestures during its game with TCU.
Before tip, there was a moment of silence in remembrance of Patsy, the wife of former Cowboys coach Eddie Sutton and the mother of former OSU players Sean and Scott, as well as Tulsa banker Steve.
The players wore patches on their jerseys, with her name featured in an interlocking orange ribbon. And the coaches' wives, as well as the Spurs spirit group, wore white roses.
TCU COACH RECOGNIZES BROWN'S IMPROVEMENT
While coaching at LSU, Trent Johnson was well aware of Markel Brown.
“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.
Saturday: at Oklahoma, 2 p.m.
Jan. 19: Texas Tech, 1 p.m.
Jan. 21: at Baylor, 4:30 p.m.
By John Helsley