OSU basketball insider: Finally, Pokes have caught fire

By John Helsley Modified: March 1, 2010 at 5:46 am •  Published: March 1, 2010

The Cowboys kept firing daggers at Kansas on Saturday.

Maintaining a double-digit lead for much of a nearly 30-minute stretch into the game’s final minutes, OSU made 32-of-53 shots from the floor and 10-of-19 from the 3-point arc, or 60.4 and 52.6 percent.

Smokin’.

"That’s our team,” said Cowboys senior Obi Muonelo.

It’s this team now.

Finally.

And just in time to recast themselves going forward.

Once an NCAA Tournament bubble team just seeking bracket inclusion, the Cowboys now look confident and hungry, while baring teeth.

The key is staying hot.

"They’re like a lot of teams,” KU coach Bill Self said Saturday, "they need to make shots. But when they’re making shots, they can beat anybody at any time.

"They made shots today, wow.”

And they’ve been making shots lately, which is why the Cowboys have won five of six in a surge to the regular season finish. During that stretch, they’ve shot 49.3 percent and averaged 11.2 3-pointers while making 45.2 percent from long distance.

Back in mid-January, after losing at Baylor, OSU ranked last in the Big 12 in overall field goal and 3-point percentage.

For a team with proven snipers in Muonelo, James Anderson and Keiton Page, the struggles were perplexing.

"I was just dumbfounded by it,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. "I couldn’t figure it out.



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