Another solid all-around game for the freshman who plays with veteran poise. The leadership was evident and the box score was stacked again. Smart finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds (his first career double-double) to go along with six assists, two steals and an encouraging blank in the turnover column. But his shooting touch must improve. Smart went 5-15 on Saturday and is now shooting 36.7 percent this year.
Stat of the game
Virginia Tech outrebounded OSU 37-29. And it felt worse, with many Hokie boards coming in key moments.
What it means?
This really isn’t all that bad a loss for OSU. Virginia Tech is undefeated (7-0) and playing extremely well under new coach James Johnson. They weren’t before, but it’s almost a guarantee the Hokies will be ranked on Monday.
Phil Jurick started despite taking an elbow to the lip in practice on Wednesday that required 12 stitches and Michael Cobbins got his first action of the season, returning from a fractured toe. Finally some good news for the Cowboys on the injury front.
Unranked Baylor beat 8th-ranked Kentucky in Lexington on Saturday. Huge win for the Bears and the Big 12.
OSU returns home for a cozy six-game homestand to close out conference play. It begins on Wednesday with South Florida, an average Big East team with a 5-2 record this season.
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