OSU basketball, Le'Bryan Nash returns to Dallas to take on SMU

OKLAHOMA STATE BASKETBALL — OSU coach Travis Ford has plenty of reasons to take his squad to Dallas to take on SMU, the main reasons being the ability to play in front of a large alumni base and the ability to play near big-time recruits in the Dallas area.
by John Helsley Published: December 27, 2011
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This Dallas trip certainly offers intrigue.

“Come out there with a big win and help the team get back on the right track,” Nash said, “because we are on a losing streak.”

Nash admits it's not only a big night for the Cowboys, but a big night for him.

The tattoos confirm his love for his hometown. The Mavericks, the Cowboys, the Rangers – they represent all his favorite teams.

“Yes, sir. All the way,” Nash said. “Keiton didn't believe me when I got here. He thought I was trying to ride the bandwagon with the Dallas Mavericks since they made it to the finals. The Cowboys, even though they are playing the way they are right now, I am cheering them on. I want them to make it to the playoffs.

“But I always root for my city and I want my city to be represented. You can ask anybody on my team how sad I was when the Texas Rangers lost. It's a great thing coming from that city and seeing them win championships or contend for championships.”

Heading home, Nash has been inundated with ticket requests from family and friends. The spotlight he draws, while already bright, will be even more focused. Still, he said he feels no added pressure to perform.

“There are going to be a lot of eyes on me because I am from Dallas,” Nash said. “But I am just going to let the game come to me. I am the leading scorer on this team. I am not going to try to force anything. I am not going to try to go out there and get 30 points.

“My mindset is on defense and stopping people. If I score 30, I score 30. But my mindset is not scoring 30. My mindset is playing defense and getting this team some wins.”

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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MEN'S BASKETBALL

Oklahoma State vs. SMU

When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas

Radio: KXXY 96.1 FM.

TV: ESPNU

Three things to know:

1. OSU is 19-6 all-time against SMU, with nine straight wins dating back to 1992 in the series.

2. The Mustangs went 1-3 in the NIT Season Tip-Off, beating only Arkansas-Pine Bluff, while losing to Colorado State, Fresno State and Oral Roberts.

3. The Cowboys are playing their fifth consecutive game outside Gallagher-Iba Arena. They've lost six straight on neutral floors, the sixth longest such streak in school history.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Oklahoma State (6-5)

Pos. - Player - Ht. - Wt. - Cl. - Pts. - Reb.

F - Le'Bryan Nash - 6-7 - Fr. - 13.1 - 5.1

F - Jéan-Paul Olukemi - 6-6 - Jr. - 9.9 - 5.2

C - Philip Jurick - 6-11 - Jr. - 1.9 - 6.5

G - Keiton Page - 5-9 - Sr. - 11.7 - 1.3*

G - Markel Brown - 6-3 - So. - 9.2 - 5.9

SMU (7-4)

Pos. - Player - Ht. - Wt. - Cl. - Pts. - Reb.

F - Leslee Smith - 6-7 - Fr. - 4.5 - 5.0

F - Robert Nyakundi - 6-8 - Sr. - 16.7 - 5.3

G - London Giles - 6-3 - Jr. - 13.2 - 3.1

G - Jeremiah Samarrippas - 5-10 - So. - 5.8 - 3.5*

G - Aliaksei Patsevich - 6-4 - Sr. - 2.3 - 2.1

* assists

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