By John Helsley
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OSU’s Big 12 road slump has reached 12 games.
The last time they won in a conference locale: Feb. 17, 2010.
At Iowa State, where the Cowboys will be tonight. Tipoff 8 p.m.
Obi Muonelo went off for 31 points (23 in the second half and 21 straight at one key point) that frigid night in Ames – I was there, freezing on the long walk back to the rental car. And boy, couldn’t the Cowboys use Obi now, lugging this losing steak into Hilton Coliseum tonight?
Still, Ames represents a return to the scene of better times, at least for Keiton Page, the only current Cowboy who was there that night.
“A good place to start back up,” Page said the other day.
Five things worth watching tonight:
1. White(Out). No, blizzard conditions aren’t expected. But warnings have been issued about ISU’s Royce White, a Minnesota transfer who has bolstered the Cyclones, leading the team in scoring (13.4), rebounding (9.6) and assists (4.3) per game. The biggest problem comes with the matchup, as White, at 6-8, 270 pounds, will frequently bring the ball up the floor. And he’s more than capable, reminding Travis Ford of one of his old Kentucky teammates, Jamal Mashburn.
“Maybe not as good a shooter as Jamal Mashburn, he handled the ball like a guard,” Ford said. “Jamal brought the ball up as much as I did when I played. Royce White is going to bring the ball up as much as anybody on their basketball team. His ballhandling skills are as good as any of the point guards I’ve seen in the league. He understands angles, understands drawing contact. He’s a very, very impressive basketball player. And he makes everyone else around him better.”
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