Share “Rugged road ahead for OSU men's basketball...”

Rugged road ahead for OSU men's basketball team

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, Published: December 6, 2011

Already scuffling to form an identity, the Cowboys face a revealing stretch of games — five of six away from home — before Big 12 play opens on Jan. 4:

Wednesday: at Missouri State (4-2). The Bears won 26 games a year ago, finishing atop the Missouri Valley regular season standings, before a conference tournament upset cost them an NCAA bid. Only one starter returns, although it's a good one — conference Player of the Year Kyle Weems.

Saturday: vs. No. 15 Pitt (8-1), at Madison Square Garden. The Panthers' only loss came to No. 3 Syracuse. Senior guard Ashton Gibbs is an All-American candidate on a team that reloaded following a Big East championship run that landed it a No. 1 NCAA seed. Khem Birch, a 6-9 freshman forward, was rated the nation's No. 2 recruit.

Dec. 17: vs. New Mexico (6-2), Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Lobos, picked to win the Mountain West with four starters returning from a 22-13 squad, have been up and down so far. Still, they do own a neutral floor win over Boston College and a win at Arizona State, along with a home victory over Missouri State.

Continue reading this story on the...


  1. 1
    Robert Bates' self-reported records appear to support allegations he patrolled before obtaining...
  2. 2
    Dispute: Was Cecil the lion's brother, Jericho, killed?
  3. 3
    An Oklahoma Immigrant's Experience, Recast As Noir, In 'Dragonfish'
  4. 4
    Summer well spent: Youths shadow professionals in mentoring program
  5. 5
    Norman residents disturbed after seeing vulgar, racist graffiti on homes, vehicles
+ show more


× Trending ou Article