Travis Ford insists he's not frustrated by Oklahoma State's 6-4 beginning to the basketball season, a start that has admittedly created more concern than comfort.
“I'm not frustrated, I wouldn't use that word,” Ford said. “I'm trying to figure things out. I like these guys.
“I fully grasp what's going on. I fully grasp why things are happening, the excuses of it.”
Ford doesn't want to lean on those excuses, yet can't completely ignore them, either.
“The schedule has a lot to do with it,” he said. “And just youth. And guys understanding and going through the process of just getting it. What can we do to speed it up? What can we do to continue to stay positive and keep everybody up?
“Figuring it out … I stay up all night. We're going to figure it out.”
The Cowboys are young – and just got younger with Fred Gulley leaving the program – as four freshmen and a sophomore figure prominently among a nine-man rotation. All four losses have come outside Gallagher-Iba Arena, and the schedule delivers another not-so-neutral site game Wednesday night, with OSU facing Alabama in Birmingham (8 p.m., ESPN2).
Figuring things out, Ford said, starts with an understanding that can be hard for a fan base to stomach, especially in light of all the optimism that accompanied the Cowboys into this season.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: BJCC Arena, Birmingham, Ala.
TV: ESPN2 (Cox 28)
Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1
Three things to know
*The Crimson Tide, once ranked in the Top 25, has lost three of its last four games, including a 71-58 setback to Kansas State in Kansas City on Saturday.
*Bama forward JaMychal Green, a projected NBA draft pick, could be the best player the Pokes have played to date.
*This is the neutral site return game for last year's meeting in the All-College Classic, won by the Cowboys 68-60.
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