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OSU basketball notebook: Marcus Smart about the numbers, not the number

Team manager leaves Smart's No. 33 jersey in Stillwater, forcing Smart to wear No. 43.
by John Helsley Published: February 24, 2014

photo - OSU’s Marcus Smart celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer during Monday night’s matchup against TCU. AP photo
OSU’s Marcus Smart celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer during Monday night’s matchup against TCU. AP photo

Good thing Marcus Smart isn't superstitious. At least when it comes to his number.

Wearing No. 43, rather than his usual 33, after a team manager left his jersey back in Stillwater, Smart changed the game late and posted another of his strong stat lines: 17 points, seven assists, eight rebounds and five steals.

“It felt weird playing with it, especially when they announced my name and it was 43,” Smart said. “As you can see, I played a very decent game in it. So superstition isn't a very big deal right now.”

It was a couple hours before the game when an OSU manager approached Smart.

“It was like, ‘Yeah, got some bad news,'” Smart said. “I'm thinking, ‘Forgot my shoes. My shorts …' No, my jersey.

“He gave me a choice. I was going to wear 35, but it was a little big. And 43 was the only one that fit.”

All's well that ends well. For the Cowboys. For Smart.

And the manager.

“He's the happiest guy in the building,” said OSU coach Travis Ford.


It was a light crowd at TCU's Daniel Meyer Coliseum, where the announced attendance of 5,723 looked more like 2,500.

And maybe half were Cowboys fans — family and friends who showed up to cheer on six OSU players who were back in the Metroplex, where they all went to high school.

Smart, Phil Forte and Mason Cox attended Flower Mound's Marcus High, while Le'Bryan Nash played at Dallas Lincoln, Leyton Hammonds at North Richland Hills and redshirting Jeffrey Carroll at Rowlett High.

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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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