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OSU basketball: Cowboys, Red Raiders are ripe for a victory

At some point, inevitably, Oklahoma State will win a Big 12 road game. At some point this season, history suggest, Texas Tech will win a Big 12 game — somewhere, anywhere. Something has to give Tuesday night.
by John Helsley Published: January 30, 2012

/articleid/3644780/1/pictures/1625747">Photo - Oklahoma State guard Keiton Page, bottom, and Missouri guard Phil Pressey, top, struggle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt) ORG XMIT: OKBS102
Oklahoma State guard Keiton Page, bottom, and Missouri guard Phil Pressey, top, struggle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt) ORG XMIT: OKBS102

Surely, road kill like the Cowboys has never looked so appetizing.

“They'll be hungry,” said OSU's Brian Williams. “So we've got to take their best shot and respond to it.”

Gillispie said his squad, heavy on newcomers, was well aware of the difficult task ahead when thrown together with a first-year coach.

“I think they knew what we were in for at the start of the season, especially at the start of the Big 12 season,” Gillispie said. “And I think you have to commend them for continuing to get better.”

And Gillispie said the Raiders are getting better, although the results might not show it.

“I think they're getting better dramatically,” he said, “they're just having a hard time winning against really good competition. But I'm really excited about the direction they're headed.”

Cowboys coach Travis Ford said he won't be mentioning the direction his team is headed, which is on the road.

“It's nothing we've ever brought up,” Ford said. “And I don't think it's something with our basketball team that would do any good. We don't need to worry about who we're playing, where we're playing. We don't need to worry about the score.

“We just need to worry about playing hard, executing, playing defense, rebounding. We have enough to worry about besides all that other stuff.”

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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