OSU basketball notebook: Travis Ford says Cowboys show resiliency

Coach will give tired players a few days off this week before playing an unbeaten Baylor team.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: January 9, 2012
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With a limited roster that now features an eight-man rotation, a second game in three days didn't seem to bode well for the shorthanded Cowboys.

“I was really concerned how much we'd have in us,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “Yesterday at practice – I wouldn't call it a practice – they were tired. We didn't get back in here until after 11 Saturday night, after a really physical game against Texas.”

Once the game started, Ford essentially used just seven players, with Marek Soucek getting but one minute due to matchup issues.

“And they showed some resiliency,” Ford said. “They picked up the game plan very quickly. We did some different things that we wondered if they could pick up in one day. And they did a good job with that.”

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After playing two games in three days, the Cowboys are off until a Saturday visit to No. 4-ranked Baylor.

Ford said he'd give his players “a couple days off” this week amid preparations for at Bears squad that is 15-0 and one of just three major college unbeatens remaining.

BEDLAM INITIATION

With a roster full of rookies, OSU didn't carry much Bedlam experience into Monday night's meeting. Only Keiton Page and Markel Brown had played against the Sooners. And Page had to provide some background on the Bedlam term to freshman Le'Bryan Nash.

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