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Wichita State apparently beat OSU in the 1965 NCAA Tournament with just five guys and a good preview of OSU guys in UFC 2015.




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If the Cowboys had won just one of those final six possessions, they might have held off the Cyclones. If OSU had won two of those possession, they almost surely would have won.

I like this way of looking at games. (NewsOK)

Agree with Mark Cooper here that Saturday is a big game for OSU. It really needs to win before facing TCU and Tech next week. (Tulsa World)

A fun look back at some of Markel Brown’s favorite memories as a Cowboy. (PFB)

OSU is bringing back its 1964-65 Big 8-winning team for a 50th anniversary this weekend. My biggest takeaway? Wichita State beat them with only five dudes (!) in the Dance. (okstate)

Travis Ford put his team in timeout after the TCU loss. (PFB)

Other basketball things

This dunk tho. (Big Lead)

Haven’t finished it yet but this profile of James Harden is pretty immense so far. A surprising amount of self-doubt from No. 13. (Sports Illustrated)

Doesn’t making freshman ineligible just push more high schoolers towards alternative means for reaching the NBA? (Yahoo)

Per the usual, Royce Young has smart thoughts on the Thunder trades. (Daily Thunder)

Here’s the Big 12 Tournament court…

Football misc.

Improved offensive line play could be the biggest key to Oklahoma State challenging TCU and Baylor. (ESPN)

Here’s a look at OSU’s newest JUCO cornerback commit. (PFB)

Pretty hot take from Houston’s board of regents chairman here about the Big 12. (Yahoo)

More insight on the Chris Carson story here. (Scout)

Really in-depth look at how dual-threat QBs are making the transition from HS to college. (Football Study Hall)

Five teams on the rise in 2015. Via Bryan Jackson. (Athlon)

Dez and…the Bachelor? (PFB)

Another name that pops up in discussions about Green-Beckham: Justin Blackmon, the former No. 5 overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars who’s currently serving an indefinite suspension for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy and hasn’t played in a game since October 2013. (NFL)

OSU ranked 7th in special teams in the Big 12. (ESPN)

Other sporting things

The season is not going well for Josh Holliday thus far. (NewsOK)

Good preview of former OSU wrestlers in UFC for 2015. (CRFF)

Can’t believe I’m typing this but the Boise State women’s golf team reenacted the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. (CBS)

WatchESPN is now on DirecTV. (Deadspin)

This was, uh, not good.

More stuff I’m reading

The Infinite Hotel Paradox. Insane. (Kottke)

Here are 70 maps that explain America. If you like US history, you’ll be on here for a long time. (Vox)

How 99 percent of your work on Twitter goes to…Twitter. Another reason I’ve de-engaged from it a bit over the last few weeks. (The Atlantic)

If you like iPhone games, this looks incredible (via Kottke).

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