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OSU basketball notebook: Travis Ford, Cowboys kept the faith

This season has hardly gone like they wanted, but Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford and his players have kept the faith.
by John Helsley Published: January 25, 2012

“Markel is one of the most competitive guys I've ever been around,” Ford said. “Now, that is not an excuse. It's something we talked to him about a lot last year, because it got the best of him. But he's got to channel that. I don't want to lose his competitiveness, but he's got to channel that.

“He was very remorseful. He felt bad. But he was also very glad we won.”

NASH TRENDING

With Le'Bryan Nash on his way to a career night, putting No. 2-ranked Missouri on the ropes, the Cowboys freshman became a trending topic on Twitter.

During an up-and-down rookie year, Nash hasn't always drawn the best of intentions from Twitter, much to his chagrin.

“I've been looking at Twitter a lot, looking at people saying bad things, what happened at Baylor,” Nash said. “That motivates me a lot. That's why I look at it.

“I hope they're saying good things now.”

YOUTH IS SERVED

With Mizzou coming off a statement win at Baylor on Saturday and rising to No. 2 in the polls, the Tigers may have been ripe for an upset.

The Cowboys clearly had them in their sights.

And, for a change, OSU's youth may have been a benefit.

“They played loose and easy,” said Mizzou coach Frank Haith. “They had nothing to lose. Obviously, they're just trying to get a ‘W' in the conference, and I think when you're young, that could have an impact on it.”

Haith added: “When you play on the road, you have the bull's-eye on your chest, you're going to get everybody's best effort. We stressed it with our guys and we understand we're going to get Oklahoma State's very best effort tonight, and we did. We got their very best effort; they didn't get our very best effort.

“We give them credit because they came out and they were ready to play and they executed.”