OSU basketball: Time for Cowboys to take a look at the mirror

This team, once picked as a Big 12 co-favorite and propped up as a Final Four contender, no longer looks the part.
by John Helsley Published: February 2, 2014

It's gut-check time in Stillwater.

The Cowboys season — the important part of the season, the Big 12 Conference run — now reads .500.

And their 4-4 league mark involves a two-game losing streak of Bedlam and Baylor, leaving a disgruntled fan base which hates losing to Oklahoma in anything, even in Norman; and also despises losing at home, especially to an unranked and uninspiring squad like the Bears.

More bad news arrived Sunday in the form of a second arrest of backup point guard Stevie Clark, leaving his status with the team uncertain.

So there's all that.

Yet it's inside the program where a response is needed.

This team, once picked as a Big 12 co-favorite and propped up as a Final Four contender, no longer looks the part.

While all is not lost, with more than a month still remaining in the regular season, OSU's confidence and swagger and long-term appeal have certainly gone absent.

And at a time when they need it most.

Now everyone is watching to see where the Cowboys go from here.

At one point Saturday, with OSU scuffling with Baylor, the ESPN.com home page featured the Cowboys amid this headline: “Battle to Remain Relevant.”

“We're just not playing well,” Cowboys coach Travis Ford said. “As I told our team, we've got to keep our head up and weather the storm.”

The better approach might be to charge into the storm, revealing the same aggressive and strong play that carried this team through meaningful wins over Memphis and Purdue and Butler and South Carolina and Colorado and Texas.

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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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