Brad Underwood On Texas Defeat: ‘Losing Is Unacceptable’

Written by Kyle Porter

Two things I know:

  1. The OSU loss to Texas on Wednesday was terrible
  2. We are not even 15 games into the Brad Underwood era

It’s not time to hit the panic button on an entire era — which I don’t really think anyone is doing — after just 14 games, although the loss to a poor opponent like the Longhorns was a little disconcerting (Texas came in at 6-7 on the year).

Underwood, for all the early season success OSU has had, is trying to establish a culture of winning that has not pervaded this halls of GIA for a few years. He was outspoken about this after the game on Wednesday.

“I just told our guys in the locker room that losing is unacceptable,” Underwood said. It can be contagious. I want it to hurt, I want our guys to feel bad. I’ll be honest, I don’t know if our locker room felt that bad. By golly, I know what our coaching staff stands for, I know what we’re going to stand for … we’ll do things better.”

Not really a guarantee that OSU will make the tournament, but you can feel the man seething through your computer screen.

“[There are] great venues, great coaches, a league full of great players,” added Underwood. “I think it’s just the combination of all that. You can throw in travel, but other than West Virginia the travel is not bad. When you get great venues and you get good teams and you get a group of coaches that are at this level, it’s hard every night.

“Everybody’s going to scheme you, everybody’s going to create something to get an advantage and you have got to be prepared every single night and that’s what makes the league special. The true round robin. I go back to Big Eight when I played and every game was hard, every game was a packed venue and you got a great crowd and that was intimidating. That’s what makes this league special. It’s just a combination of all that.”

His swing man Jeffrey Carroll had a terrific night despite the OSU loss. Carroll scored a career-high 24 points and was the Cowboys’ most consistent scoring threat throughout.

“Get back and focus,” said Carroll. “I think we lost a little bit of focus these past two games. We have to get that right, stay in the gym, watch more film, and play more defense. Just getting back in tomorrow and get ready. They’re the No. 2 team in the country. Our backs are up against the wall, and we just have to battle back and get ready. It will be a dog fight in Waco.”

  • Doc Holliday

    I wish Gundy and Yurcich had the killer mentailty of men like Underwood and Monken

    • Nate

      Holy… This might be one of the dumbest comments I’ve read on here. Gundy is literally the most winning FB coach we’ve ever had, but you basically think he has the view of “losing is acceptable.” Get the hell out of here

      • spokepokes

        Ya I agree. No reason to throw Gundy under the bus after capping off his 5th 10+ win season in 7 years. How many teams in the entire country have done that?

    • OSU Student

      I get what you’re saying Doc, and I agree. You’re not saying Gundy is okay with losing, but rather that he should have more of a go-for-the-throat type mentality instead of conservaism. These other guys are just very, very defensive when it comes to Gundy’s reputation apparently. haha

      • Doc Holliday

        Yes sir exactly what I’m getting at and yes some of them get all bent out of shape when you say anything about the football team that they don’t agree with?

      • Nate

        LOL so we give credit to Underwood for having a “killer mentality” because he’s won 10 games? And we try to compare that to our football coach who’s won over 100 games? It doesn’t get more idiotic.

        • Doc Holliday

          Underwood obviously does cause he won 89 games at SFA and already has brought some optimism back to the OSU basketball program…There’s no denying Underwood is a winner

        • Clifton Hall

          Underwood could have a killer mentality and still suck, just like Gundy could lack one and be a great coach. Gundy is very tacit about a lot of things (non-con schedules, bottomless zone-reads) whereas Underwood at least exudes a win-or-die attitude he wants to instill in his players. I don’t think you could convince either Gundy or Underwood that he wants to win less than the other though.

  • OSU Student

    This was our first unnecessary loss of the year. Maryland could probably fall under that category as well, but Texas is not Maryland. UNC and WVU were understandable. This loss was just a bad, bad, loss. Hopefully they bounce back quickly.

    • willham

      This was to us what we were to Wichita State. I doubt Wichita State throws in the towel. It will be interesting to see how our team responds.

      • David Einstein

        Wichita State pretty much used it as motivation. Hope we do the same.

  • Cowboydroid

    That had to be one of the most egregiously officiated games I’ve witnessed the last few years, and that’s saying something considering the dismal state of Big 12 officiating. The officials kept Texas in the game by getting us in foul trouble and giving them free throws. We’re young enough that we can’t realize what’s going on and adapt.

    It makes college basketball hard to watch for anyone but the most loyal fans.

    Coupled with Forte’s horrible shooting this season and his reluctance to stop taking bad shots and realize what he’s doing isn’t working, it’s not hard to see why this young team lost. Can’t wait until Underwood can get a team together.

    • willham

      Forte is trying to dig his way out of a hole, to coin a phrase.

      • Cowboydroid

        He should be doing that in the gym, shooting those 600 threes we hear about all the time. Not on the court taking shots from 30 feet or driving the basket against someone a foot taller than him.

      • CaptainObvious

        You didn’t coin that phrase.

        • willham

          Coin, borrow… What difference at this point does it make?

          • willham

            To coin a phrase.

  • David Einstein

    Projected 10 seed as of yesterday. We’d be on the outside looking in today.