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OSU basketball: Kansas is in driver's seat, but the Cowboys will not give up

As Saturday's second half showed, Oklahoma State is not conceding. Anything.
by John Helsley Published: January 19, 2014

Kansas punctuated a statement week with Saturday's 80-78 win over No. 9 Oklahoma State.

It was the Jayhawks' second conquest of an AP top-10 basketball team over the course of six days, with No. 8 Iowa State the victim on Monday.

And in its 4-0 conference start, KU has now beaten three ranked teams, including the preseason co-favorite Cowboys, as well as No. 25 Oklahoma and Iowa State on the road.

So here we go with these Jayhawks, who clearly carry the look as the Big 12 team to beat.


“I don't know a team who is more talented in the country or who is more deep than they are,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “They just keep bringing them in. They're really good.”

And Ford is right. The Jayhawks overflow with talent – and stud freshman Andrew Wiggins didn't even play well Saturday – now seem to have their youthful roster rolling together and have a coach in Bill Self who's a master at developing squads as the calendar continues to flip toward March.

So it's all over in the Big 12, right?

Whoa, not so fast.

As Saturday's second half showed, the Cowboys aren't into conceding. Anything.

“I don't think it's a moral victory, but we'll walk out of here with our heads held high, no matter what,” Ford said. “We did a lot of things good (in the second half), so in that aspect, there were a lot good things that we did do. There's a lot of things we've got to do better at.

“We were down 17 at half. So there are some things we've got to do better. I'm disappointed we lost. We had the ball in our hands and a chance to win it. I'm disappointed.”

The Cowboys can't afford many more disappointments, although teams – including KU – are going to lose in the Big 12.

The league offers plenty of snake pits this season, with six Big 12 teams already making appearances in the Top 25 and a seventh – Texas – a good candidate to join the club this week.

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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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