Lost in all this talk of Kansas (who survived another home upset) and Kansas State (disappointing again this week) is focus on another solid Big 12 basketball program. We’ve talked very little here about Oklahoma State (10-1), and though they might not contend for the title yet, the Cowboys are worth some conversation.
The Cowboys got a nice, though not unexpected, win Saturday in OKC against Alabama, 68-60. I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen Oklahoma State play yet this year, but they were a team I wondered about from the start. Marshall Moses (17.7 per game) and Keiton Page (15.2) take most of the scoring.Coming in to this year, the primary losses for OSU were James Anderson, the do-everything guard, and Obi Muonelo, but Moses was the primary rebounder anyway. Look for that to continue this year. Sophomore guard Ray Penn has experience helping out in the backcourt, and Kentucky transfer Matt Pilgrim will rebound well this year.
Up to now, the Cowboys’ schedule has been easy. They lost only to VT at a neutral site, and their best early wins were probably Murray State and Missouri State or Tulsa. OSU still has games against Stanford and Gonzaga (who took down Baylor this week) before diving into Big 12 play. Their first three conference games are against K-State and @ A&M and Colorado. A win at A&M would mean a lot, and Reed Arena is not the easiest place to get one.
OTHER NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE:
– Kansas State got flat embarrassed by the Gators. The Wildcats shot an embarrassing 27% from the field, and you obviously don’t figure to win that way. It’s concerning, as Greg on this blog has pointed out before, how few options Kansas State has when Pullen isn’t shooting well. They don’t get enough easy baskets, and when they drive, they can’t make free throws. K-State will get much better than this, but if they don’t play MUCH better, they will lose to UNLV tomorrow in the Sprint Center.
– The news is better for Texas. The Horns defended their Top 25 ranking well with a 78-76 win in Greensboro over North Carolina. Unfortunately I didn’t see any of this game, but Jordan Hamilton earned praise with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Texas outrebounded UNC by six which to me is a great sign.
– Texas A&M held off Arkansas in overtime, 71-62. Another nice neutral site win for the Big 12. The Aggies relied heavily on their starters, especially Nathan Walkup (12 points, 15 boards) and Khris Middleton (31 points). A&M did not shoot particularly well, but move up to 10-1.
– Kansas‘ 70-68 win over USC in Lawrence would not normally garner much comment from me here, but we have to talk about Josh Selby. I saw the first half of this game, and he was magnificent. You can tell he’s been practicing and is comfortable playing. All he did was score a game-high 21 points, preserving KU’s home win streak and undefeated season. They are the last remaining unbeaten team in this league.
– Gonzaga 68, Baylor 64 (as mentioned above, Baylor’s unbeaten season ends)
– Nebraska 71, E. Washington (who thank God doesn’t paint their basketball court red like the football field) 42
– Missouri 116, Central Arkansas 63 (Tigers are 10-1)
– Cincinnati 66, Oklahoma 56 (Bearcats are undefeated)
– UTEP 82, Texas Tech 71
– Iowa State 71, Dartmouth 42 (Cyclones are 10-2)
– Colorado 104, Longwood 59