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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sorrentino

Oklahoma State’s 53-point total won’t cut it against Kansas

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— There’s no Big 12 Player of the Year candidate on this year’s Oklahoma State men’s basketball team like there was last season, when James Anderson led the league in scoring.

No bulldog of a point guard who can stretch the defense and finish at the hoop, either, a la Byron Eaton two years ago.

No one on OSU’s current roster makes the eyes follow his every move on the court, to where a quick glance down at the computer screen could result in the risk of missing an oh-my moment.

LeBryan Nash, the No. 4-rated, five-star Rivals.com recruit in the Class of 2011, could be that guy, but not until next season.

On Wednesday, in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament at Sprint Center, No. 9 seed Oklahoma State escaped with a 53-52 victory over No. 8 seed Nebraska.

It wasn’t Scarlett Johansson pretty. More like the Betty White of Late Night, 2010.

The Cowboys’ 53 points represented the lowest output by a winning team in a Big 12 game this season. Before Wednesday, Nebraska held that distinction, having scored 57 points in a victory over Texas A&M; on Jan. 29.

Oklahoma State (19-12, 6-10 Big 12) will need quite a bit more offensive firepower for today’s 11:30 a.m. matchup against top-seeded Kansas University (29-2, 14-2) in the quarterfinals just to keep it within snowball’s-chance-in-August range.

Estimated chance of OSU scoring 53 points and beating the Jayhawks: 1 percent. And that’s only if somebody locks the Morris twins in the dressing room and hides the key. Kansas ranks first in the Big 12 and fifth in the country in scoring offense (82.7 points per game). Even in KU’s slopfest of a win against Texas A&M; on March 2, it scored 64.

It’s not overwhelmingly difficult to stay in a game with Kansas if you possess the necessary offensive components for a shootout. These Cowboys can’t afford to fire blanks.

Oklahoma State probably should have led Nebraska by more than the 30-21 halftime score indicated Wednesday. After all, the Huskers shot a putrid 22.6 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes. But the Cowboys didn’t put the Cornhuskers away because they don’t have any pure scorers.

Keiton Page: nice player, scary three-point shooter when he finds his rhythm. Marshall Moses: fine inside presence, sound rebounder, big energy guy. JP Olukemi: capable of going for 20 on any given night, but also capable of going for five on any given night (like Wednesday). Darrell Williams: displayed potential with back-to-back double-doubles early in league play, but then was suspended for charges of four felony counts alleging he inappropriately touched two women without their consent.

The only way Oklahoma State figures to pull an upset today is if Moses and Page combine for at least 50 points.

It’s not enough for just one of them to catch fire.

In Oklahoma State’s first matchup against KU, on Feb. 21 at Allen Fieldhouse, Moses scored 27 points. Page had only eight. Olukemi, for reference, had just one point. The final count: Jayhawks 92, Cowboys 65.

Only a hot shooting game from the Cowboys will make today’s rematch competitive.

Big 12 blogger Eric Sorrentino keeps the Conference Chatter blog on KUsports.com. Follow him on Twitter for Big 12-related updates.

Comments

KSA_21_3503 8 years, 9 months ago

This must be Sitch's cousin, "The Uneventful Evening."

Woody Cragg 8 years, 9 months ago

Certainly he fondly likes referring to them as "cowpokes". It quacks like a fruedian duck.

8 years, 9 months ago

“Stop me before I rape again” mentality?

I just find it interesting that you can’t come up with a better user name - - even on the outside chance you were the main person who helped push the law punishing this despicable act to became a felony.

klineisanazi 8 years, 9 months ago

I thought yesterday's exhibitions--all of them--were just dreadful. My eyes were bleeding. I really got a laugh out of Dave Armstrong and the "Texas Token" as they were talking about how "great" the tournament started. I guess if a game ended 20-18 they would talk about defense and Hank Iba and be happy. This conference is an eyesore.

Pwnage 8 years, 9 months ago

This is why there should be revenue-sharing in the Big 12. Smaller teams like OSU can't spend the money on players that KU can.

HawkBBall 8 years, 9 months ago

Make that comment to Boone Pickens and see what you get.

Icahawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Then they should ask SugarDaddy Pickens for the dough!

jcw3691 8 years, 9 months ago

This is the trolling D-Bag who posts on all of KU's articles on the Star. He can't get enough of KU sports.

Woody Cragg 8 years, 9 months ago

Another new scumbag out of the closet guys.

Jennifer Nikkila Pressgrove 8 years, 9 months ago

Not sure if Pwnage was being sarcastic or not but... Have you seen OSU's new Bball facilities? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvkrGL... TBoone has spent plenty of money for the Cowboys.

dylans 8 years, 9 months ago

millions between the football stadium and bball facilities

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 9 months ago

Sarcastic or not, he clearly is just obsessed with the thought that KU pays it's players.

He's a classic KSU fan. Come on, man. We want to hear your evidence against KU, not your generic accusations. State your case or get off of our boards.

Adam Evans 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't remember there being this many trolls towards the end of last season...am I not remembering correctly?

hawk_of_ages 8 years, 9 months ago

One thing you neglected to mention is that Nebraska, for all their faults, is one of the best defensive teams in the nation, as both Kansas and Texas can attest. OSU does lack firepower, but they're unlikely to be held to 53 points against Kansas.

Still, we should have no problem taking care of business in this one if EJ can repeat his lockdown on Page from the earlier game. This time we can alternate TT on him as well. Moses is a good post player, but no match for the Morris-TRob combo.

ChicagoJHawk 8 years, 9 months ago

I haven't even got through the whole article yet but I already noticed this, "against top-seeded Kansas University (29-2, 12-4)". Don't you mean 29-2, 14-2?

Eric Sorrentino 8 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for pointing that out. It's fixed above.

ChicagoJHawk 8 years, 9 months ago

No prob. Thank you.

Now let's go out there and win! Rock Chalk!!!!

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 9 months ago

Eric----

"It wasn't Scarlett Johansson pretty. More like the Betty White of Late Night 2010."

Nice. I get the picture!

Kent Fisher 8 years, 9 months ago

This game belonged to OSU. It's games like this that remind us that this team is extremely vulnerable to a quick exit...even moreso than the Kansas teams vs. Northern Iowa/Bucknell/Bradley.

Kenneth Johnson 8 years, 9 months ago

As it turns out, 53 would have tied them with KU and put the game into overtime.

Ken Johnson (KU MS '70) www.hoopszone.net

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