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OSU basketball notebook: Improvement must start with practice

Senior captain Keiton Page: ‘We need to go into practice every day with the mindset that we need to get better. It's only going to get tougher from here.'
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Published: December 18, 2011

With the Cowboys falling to 6-4 on the season and Big 12 play fast approaching, some urgency is needed for the team to produce more consistent play.

Two veterans believe it begins on the practice floor.

“We need to go into practice every day with the mindset that we need to get better,” said senior captain Keiton Page. “It's only going to get tougher from here.”

Said Jéan-Paul Olukemi: “We just have to come out to practice and practice extremely hard on staying focused and sustaining our offense.”


The Cowboys play their third in a series of four straight neutral site games, facing No. 23 Alabama on Wednesday in Birmingham.

Tip time is 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

The Crimson Tide is 8-3 following a 71-58 loss to Kansas State in Kansas City on Saturday night.

OSU beat Alabama in last year's All-College, prompting this return trip.


Page rallied from a poor shooting first half to provide a spark to OSU's second-half comeback, finishing with a game-high 18 points.

But one startling stat for Page: three missed free throws.

Page, a career 86 percent foul shooter, entered the game 16-of-19 from the line, then matched his miss count for the season, finishing 5-of-8.