Monday, February 15, 2016

OSU coach Travis Ford on Kansas: I haven’t seen any team better

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) drives the baseline against Oklahoma State guard Jeffrey Carroll (30) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) drives the baseline against Oklahoma State guard Jeffrey Carroll (30) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.


It’s hard enough for a coach to live with mistakes by his team on any given night against any opponent. When that opponent is the No. 2-ranked team in the country, which was the challenge Oklahoma State faced on Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse against Kansas, living with mistakes is not an option.

“They made us pay,” OSU coach Travis Ford after his team’s 94-67 loss to KU. “Every mistake (we made) they made us pay.”

The final score does not illustrate the two stretches of Monday’s game controlled by the Cowboys. Ford, who twice described his bunch as the “walking wounded,” said he was pleased by the way his team started the game but disappointed by how it finished each half.

He did, of course, concede that the Jayhawks had something to do with that.

“You just can’t come in here and give up 94 points,” Ford said. “Our defense doesn’t usually do that so give Kansas credit.... That’s why Kansas is Kansas.”

According to the Cowboys (12-14 overall, 3-10 Big 12), Monday’s game plan was to limit KU’s transition buckets, keep Kansas (22-4, 10-3) from getting second shots and execute sound three-point defense.

“And we weren’t successfully in any of the three,” Ford said.

OSU guard Jeff Newberry said attention to detail, on both ends of the floor, was the biggest killer for the Cowboys on Monday. And he cited everything from not boxing out and missing an assignment to not executing the proper plays at the proper times.

“We had some things we thought were gonna work and they did work,” Ford said. “We just had some guys that completely lost it and didn’t run it. We just didn’t have enough guys on the same page.”

Added Newberry, before trailing off while shrugging his shoulders: “If you’re not paying attention to detail.... they’re the No. 2 team in the country.”

And, really, that was the extent of it for an Oklahoma State team playing without freshman sensation Jawun Evans, whom KU coach Bill Self said completely controlled the first meeting, a 19-point OSU win in Stillwater, Oklahoma a few weeks ago.

“When they’re rollin.... I haven’t seen any team better. OU’s really, really good in our league. And Iowa State’s really good. And Baylor. We’ve got some really good teams. And, Kansas, when I just look at the make-up of their team, I don’t know that there’s much missing. They’ve got great guards, they’ve got great big men, they’ve got a great bench, they’ve got experience. I don’t know what they really don’t have.

“I’m sure every team in America would love to be a little bit better at something. But, man, I really like their team. They’re obviously extremely well coached and I think they’re playing great basketball right now, when you want to play really good basketball.”

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By the Numbers: Kansas 94, Oklahoma State 67

By the Numbers: Kansas 94, Oklahoma State 67


Suzi Marshall 6 years, 5 months ago

We didn't come close to make them pay for every single mistake. Of the 94 points we scored in this game about 70 of them came in about 16 minutes... last 7 minutes of the first half and about 9 minutes in the middle/late second half. The other 24 minutes of the game we scored 24 points and produced too many moments of anxiety for us fair weather fans. The mis-handled should be dunks by Selden and two by Diallo did not need to happen.

John Strayer 6 years, 5 months ago

I kind of agree with this...I'm getting pretty tired of seeing players on this team missing lay-ups and bunnies. It's one thing if you're being hacked...but flat out miss handling the ball...rushing the shot...just shows a lack of focus and concentration.

Mike Greer 6 years, 5 months ago

Yah, I'm not sure how a player with Selden's experience and ability can loose the handle on ball in that situation, but he made up for it latter with some very good play. Diallo, on the other hand, I would have been much happier with less flash on the attempted dunk, and more control and success. In other words, just make the damn basket. Greene had a dunk opportunity at one point in the game and rather than the dunk, he put down a much more controlled layup and got the points. At the end of the day there are no style points awarded.

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 5 months ago

My biggest concern is our penchant for losing big leads. Happened again last night at the start of the second half. Of course, at home we usually turn it around, although not nearly as dominating as last night. The 16 minutes stretch that Suzi mentions makes the final score a little deceiving. Just once, I would like to see what would happen if we put the "pedal to the metal" for a full 40 minutes.

Humpy Helsel 6 years, 5 months ago

As of tonight, I believe we are in 1st place in the Big 12 (10) all by our lonesome with WVA loss to Texas. Is it possible to lose the next two road games? I think it is. To split? Absolutely. Win both? With this team, who knows. Anything is possible. There is still a long way to go in the league race. Watch out for Texas. Wow! What a league and what a battle to wear the crown. It's Ali and Frazier in Manila, and it's Round 10. Are you kidding me? Five more rounds to go. Who will be left standing?!!!

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