Oklahoma State freshman Le'Bryan Nash missed Saturday's win over Texas A&M with what is being called a fracture in his left hand, an injury suffered in Wednesday's loss at Oklahoma.
OSU coach Travis Ford said Nash hasn't been ruled out for the remainder of the season, but offered no outlook on whether he'd be ready for Monday night's game against Kansas.
“He says he wants to play,” Ford said. “It's not completely broke. I don't know. We will see. The word is he fractured it and it's a good clean fracture and he doesn't need surgery or any of that. We really didn't have time to experiment with any contraption of any sort if he did want to play.”
Nash's availability rests with one person: Ford.
“They basically have left it up to me,” he said. “I'll decide on Monday. He really wants to play, but I'll decide on Monday what's best for him and we'll see.”
MAN DOWN, TEAM UP
Sometimes, the loss of a player can rally a team.
It seemed to work for Texas A&M in the first meeting with OSU, when the Aggies were without Khris Middleton and Dash Harris and won in College Station, Texas.
Same for the Cowboys Saturday without Nash.
“I think sometimes teams play better,” said A&M coach Billy Kennedy. “The chemistry, they move the ball better. Their offense was crisper. It didn't stick. You have got to give them credit.
“Travis did a really good job of playing without him, and their post guys came in and did a good job.”
Said Ford: “It's kind of the overachieving affect, kind of the eye of the tiger. I have been on both sides of it. You try to motivate your team to overachieve. I understood the challenges of losing Le'Bryan in the back of my mind, but we never mentioned it to our team as far as where that was going to hurt us.”
Senior Night for Keiton Page, with the No. 4 Jayhawks in Gallagher-Iba Arena for the home finale of OSU's season.
The Cowboys lost at KU, 81-66, on Feb. 11.
The Jayhawks, 24-5 overall and 14-3 in the conference, pushed their lead in the Big 12 standings to two games with an 87-86 win over Missouri. KU could clinch its eighth straight league championship with a win in Stillwater.
OSU, however, beat No. 1 Kansas in Stillwater two years ago and has won two straight as underdogs against the Jayhawks in Gallagher-Iba.
“When I was in high school, my senior year,” said OSU redshirt freshman Brian Williams, “I saw when James Anderson and them were here and they beat Kansas and everybody rushed the floor.
“I got a little taste of that rush-the-floor against Missouri (this season). I want to do that again.”
With Saturday's win, the Cowboys moved to 7-9 in the Big 12. That's one win better than a year ago, when they finished 6-10.
OSU, picked for seventh in the preseason poll of coaches, also clinched at least the No. 7 spot.