Travis Ford insists it's way too early to be scoreboard watching in the Big 12, charting road wins by the conference contenders, of which his team is one.
Still, he doesn't deny the importance of winning away from home.
“If you want to win the league, you're going to have to come up with some road wins,” the Oklahoma State coach said. “No question about that. There's no way around that.”
No way around history, which reveals an average of 14 wins by the Big 12 champ. A minimum of 12 wins, even when the league consisted of 12 teams playing 16 conference games.
Now the Big 12 schedule consists of 18 games, split between nine home and away.
So the math is simple, even if the task is not.
It's always been difficult finding wins in enemy Big 12 arenas. And that might be compounded this season with the conference owning the nation's No. 1 RPI and seven teams projected for the NCAA Tournament, according to the latest bracketology of ESPN's Joe Lunardi.
That adds up to a lot of rugged road quests.
The No. 11-ranked Cowboys pay a Saturday visit to West Virginia, a team not perceived as a Big 12 contender, yet one with two league road wins already. And Kansas claimed a big one Wednesday, pulling out of Norman with a victory.
“I saw that,” said Cowboys guard Brian Williams. “That was big.”