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OSU basketball: Quick turnarounds have been a killer for Cowboys

After the Cowboys snapped a seven-game skid Saturday, focus immediately turned toward TCU.
by John Helsley Published: February 23, 2014

Satisfaction from Saturday's win — an elusive win for his Cowboys — could linger only so long for Travis Ford.

Midway through the postgame press conference, after Oklahoma State finally halted its losing streak at seven games against Texas Tech — a cause worthy of some satisfaction and an exhale of relief — Ford fixated on TCU.

And it wasn't one of those obligatory mentions coaches like to toss out in letting everyone know they're aware of the next challenge on the schedule.

Ford literally was forced to immediately shift to TCU.

Once again, the Cowboys face the killer crossover, a Saturday-Monday turnaround they've grown to know, and dread, so well.

When OSU plays at TCU on Monday night, it will mark the fifth straight week it's played on abbreviated rest. This will be the fourth Saturday-Monday turnaround, with one quick turn involving a Saturday-Tuesday flip with both games on the road.

“I don't remember ever having these quick turnarounds, except when I played in the (Ohio Valley Conference) and every game was Thursday-Saturday,” Ford said of his days coaching at Eastern Kentucky.

“Every time we turn around, the schedule's been tough.”

Tough results, too.

Each time, the Cowboys have lost the back end of the swing, with the trip to Fort Worth representing the fourth time they've had to hit the road for Game 2. So the Cowboys are playing Saturday and traveling Sunday (or Monday in the one case), with little or no prep time.

OSU hasn't played a Wednesday game — one of the Big 12's normal game days — since hosting TCU on Jan. 15. And the Cowboys won't play one in these final two weeks of the regular season, with another Saturday-Monday turn coming up.

Bad scheduling?

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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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