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OSU basketball: Cowboys' late-game ability could overcome lack of NCAA Tournament experience

by John Helsley Published: March 17, 2013

“We've been through a lot for a young basketball team that, hopefully, will prepare us for the challenge of this NCAA Tournament. We've seen a lot of different aspects that our team has had to attack, from early in the season to the very end of the regular season. It's been good for our team, so hopefully it'll pay off for us.”

Late-game drama has put the madness into March Madness. Games going to the wire or even the last shot, those are the images stamped on the minds of so many casual and ardent followers of the sport.

Such drama is also etched on OSU's season to this point.

So in that regard, the Cowboys are experienced.

Consider the snapshots from this season so far: Michael Cobbins' block of Baylor's A.J. Walton, leading to Brown's coast-to-coast, buzzer-beating lay-in in overtime; Marcus Smart's two offensive rebounds and put-backs off missed free throws late at KU; Smart's running flip shot in the lane with three seconds remaining to beat Iowa State; Smart stuffing Oklahoma's Steven Pledger at the 3-point line to seal an overtime win; Le'Bryan Nash slashing and gashing Kansas State.

“At the end of those games, it's not even about talent anymore,” Brown said. “It's about who wants it the most. I feel like we've got a tough group of kids out there. And at the end of the game, we've got guys who are going to scratch and claw for a win.

“That's going to be great for the NCAA Tournament. We're going to go out there and fight for wins.”

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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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