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10 Thoughts: Kansas

Photo Attribution: US Presswire

Photo Attribution: US Presswire

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How much fun was that?!

Marcus Smart welcomes himself to the national player of the year race as OSU takes down Kansas for the first time in Lawrence since 1989 and beats a top five team on the road for the first time since 1958 (!)

I cannot explain to you how Travis Ford is two for his last 21 on the road and one of those wins is at Allen Fieldhouse but I do (as always) have 10 thoughts…

1. It feels like forever ago but how monstrous was Markel Brown’s first half? For the game he had 28 on 9-17 shooting (7-10 from 3P) and played D on Kansas’ best chance at Big 12 player of the year, Ben McLemore. Oh, and he had 2 boards, 4 assists, a steal, and 2 blocks. So yeah, he can be Robin.

2. Let’s talk about Batman though: 25 points, 9 boards (8 offensive!!!), 3 assists, and 5 steals for Smart. And he just ripped KU’s heart out at the end. He controlled the last four minutes of the game in ways you want Big 12 player of the year candidates to control the last four minutes of games. He picked up Nash, boarded over Releford, hammered on Withey, and did a sweet little dance in Phog Allen’s house to top it all off.

National player of the year candidate indeed.

3. Thanks to pops for the idea here, Bill Self’s Big 12 losses:

4. While we’re here, how good is Ben McLemore? He’s what Nash would be if he played like Markel plays. Just a freaking monster.

5. The Nash thing…I just don’t know. I’m back to thinking he’s just not very good anymore. Murph played eight minutes and he had four points, five boards, and an assist. Nash played 24 and had 7-1-2. It was almost a relief when he finally fouled out.

6. The Smart apocalyptic almost-dunk on Withey to open the game really set the “eff you I’m Marcus Smart and I brought my boy Markel with me to play with you guys today” tone to open the game. He missed the dunk, I realize, but it really set the table for what was to come.

7. Am I the only one who felt like Withey got every 50/50 call in sight? I understand he’s a 5th-year senior and blah blah blah but my gosh. Oh, and Pau Gasol thinks Withey takes a lot of steps without dribbling.

8. Randy Rutherford was probably shifting the toothpick he was chomping on around a little bit during the first half getting nervous about Markel blowing past his 45-point effort at KU his senior year.

9. In case you missed the videos:

Marcus Smart dunks on Jeff Withey
Marcus Smart does a backflip on Allen Fieldhouse floor
Clock stops for six seconds at end of game
Marcus Smart with the knockout punch

10. The stat lines of OSU and KU are eerie

OSU: 85 points | 37 boards | 17 offensive | 13 assists | 9 steals | 6 blocks | 13 TO | 21 PF
KU:   80 points | 38 boards | 18 offensive | 15 assists | 9 steals | 6 blocks | 15 TO | 24 PF

Kansas actually shot better than OSU from 3P (45% to 33%) and made more foul shots. So how did OSU win?!

By hanging around, by willing themselves back in the game over and over again, by quenching KU runs with offensive putbacks and steals, by staving off those haunting “roooockkkk challllkkkk jayhaaaawk” chants at the very end.

By hitting big free throws at the end (the announcers said Phil Forte had “ice veins”!)

And mostly…by having Marcus Smart.

11. I’ve had this one queued up longer than Dave Armstrong had that “what can Markel Brown do for the Cowboys” line…

Marcus Smart’s stones are bigger than that Jayhawk at the middle of KU’s court.

Baylor on Wednesday.

Let this Cobbins hammer take you home.

  • http://www.paulnewsome.com Paul

    Whats with Forte’s shorts; one size too big?

  • jls2osu

    Been a long time since Cowboys bball got me that jazzed! Now we know what they’re capable of – sure hope they keep it up! Now how do we convince Smart to stay in school?! ;-)

  • Scott

    #6 – wasn’t that Brown that almost dunked on Withey to open the game? And on that topic – how many potential dunks did Withey block today?

  • SamIam

    It looks like Nash only comes to play when someone else is having an off game. I just don’t get it. He’s lazy on D and complains every time the whistle goes against him. I sure thought some of Smart’s attitude would have rubbed off on him by now. It just seems like he’s mad because the spotlight isn’t on him!

  • Scott

    i hate to complain after a HUGE win… but…. i’m going to. Does any other team in the big XII act as shocked, dismayed, pissed off, whatever – after each and every single foul called? Nash is obviously the leader of this group. it really bugs the living shit out of me. Brown is bad about it too. both hands up in disbelief. Eyes wide open “WHAT? You’re KIDDING me!?!?!” “I didn’t foul anyone!!!” why does Ford allow that? Guess who never does that? Mr Everything – that’s who.

    • Schultzy

      Yes

  • james

    You missed Nash’s big shot toward the end.

  • Daniel

    Well correct me if I am wrong but ford just did something that Eddie never did get a win AT Kansas.

  • Nate with a blue checkmark

    Daniel don’t ever, ever, ever, compare what Eddie has done to what Ford is doing.. Ford had nothing to do with this win, it was all guts by the players

    • Matt

      Hey mr biggest cowboy fan around. You seem upset about something? Is it that your so obsessed with being right about how bad the cowboys are that a win upsets you.

  • Chris P

    One thing that annoys me about watching a televised game in the Phog.the cameras are on the wrong side or the court. You don’t get to see the reactions on the bench. Lame.

  • Tloaf

    You said the cowboys take down the jayhawks for the first time since 1989. Just in the past 10 years OSU has beat Kansas 3 times, 2004, 2008, and 2010. Now 1989 might be the last time they beat the jayhawks at Kansas but I don’t know if that is what you were meaning.

  • Jim

    So its Fords fault when we lose, but it is the players when we win. Can’t have it both ways, Nate.

  • Jake

    Well, Jim, he CAN have it both ways because we’re 2-21 on the road with Ford. So, I think we can rule out Ford’s awesome coaching as the key to the victory. Still, there’s way too much complaining after this huge game. Everyone just give each other a big orange hug.

  • Chris

    Where’s Nate?

  • G-Block

    Great win. Best execution on both sides of the ball in a very, very long time. Smart impressed me even more because he elevates the entire team with his attitude and play. He’s the MVP of the league by a long shot.

    But after today’s game, I’m more of a Markel Brown fan than ever before. Clutch all-around play.

    And I thought Cobbins also had a monster game – defending the post, rebounding, and much needed scoring. The video of his follow dunk on the Forte miss was one of the (many) top plays of the game.

    I think the team may be better served having Nash come of the bench to spell Murphy – except for when playing severely undermanned opponents who he can dominate. Nash is excellent when playing sub-par competition (5’10” small forwards); otherwise, he’s average at best and a liability at worst (lack of hustle, dropped passes, turnovers, poor defense and worse rebounding). Coming off the bench also might just help his focus. But I don’t know what his coming off the bench would do do to the team chemistry.

  • dooley

    What a big win. Smart, and the improved Markel are going to save Ford’s job.

    I don’t want Nash near the court at the end of a close game. This is the second straight game where he committed a completely boneheaded foul to help the other team get new life. Ford has to get in his face, bench him, do SOMETHING to prevent this kind of stupid.

    That rebound and putback by smart after brown missed the front end of a one and one was huge, and I just thought “that was our damn point guard!” He is a very special player.

  • dooley

    One more thing. How excruciatingly bad is Forte on the road? In our 5 road games, he’s 5-37 (13%) from three, and 11-51 overall (1 of those was the no contest layup at the end of the KU game (basically 20%)) He needs to get it together on the road.

    I think Murphy can get more minutes when it is obvious Nash isn’t there