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Daily Bullets (Feb.12): Gundy Getting to the Local Max, Hunziker’s Top Five

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Favorite joke from the Cowboys’ win in Manhattan last night: “He’s not my Anei – he’s Yor Anei”


Bullets Rundown

• Gundy: not spectacular but finding OSU’s max
• Yurcich raves about Gundy
• Hunziker’s top five (zero wing points allowed)

Scores

• MBB: Cowboys 64, K-State 59
• WBB: Cowgirls 73, OU 69
• WGolf: Finished 4th in Puerto Rico


OSU Bullets

• In a (wonderful) piece not related to OSU, I found a line that directly correlates with the experience of being a fan of Cowboy Football.

“There are a few teams in this league that have the opportunity to get the top players,” (Indiana Pacers GM Kevin) Pritchard says. “Those players dictate a lot about winning. So what we have to be about is: Can we figure out a way to hit whatever peak we have?” [The Ringer]

The experience of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers isn’t far from the Big 12’s OSU Cowboys – LeBron James isn’t coming to Indiana and Dax Hill (and a host of his five-star peers) isn’t coming to OSU. Stop, end of sentence. So how do you find your local maximum?

I’ll hear and validate claims for incremental improvement. If we compete for higher three-stars and low four-stars, could we be move (stay?) at the top of the middle or compete for league titles more frequently? Probably. Is Mike Gundy too content with a moving five-year deal? Probably.

But it’s not an arguable point that Mike Gundy has put OSU in position to be in the conversation for a league title more consistently than any other coach in school history. I’d argue he’s found the highest place OSU can be (for now).

• Some pretty glowing remarks here from Mike Yurcich on working for Mike Gundy – pointing to player and staff friendliness as strengths was insightful.

• Cowboy radio voice Dave Hunziker was asked the five best players he’s covered for Cowboy Basketball since 2001 and it’s a pretty impressive list.

Dave Hunziker has been OSU’s play-by-play voice since 2001. When asked to identify the top five Cowboys of the Hunziker era, he fairly immediately responded with Tony Allen, Joey Graham, James Anderson, John Lucas and (Marcus) Smart. [TulsaWorld]

That’s a ball team. Anybody could go for 20 any given night and a perimeter player may not see double digits with Tony Allen and Marcus Smart locking it down. 

For further discussion, check out this list of ten guys for “The Basketball Tournament”.

• The Pokes hammering of the Sooners will be on national tv – very nice. 

• The glamorous (at least well-traveled) life of an OSU golfer


Non-OSU Bullets

• Linked this yesterday but I reread it multiple times after – love this piece contrasting American wanderlust and rootedness
Skill vs. talent
• Finished this faith-based read over the weekend – great uncomfortable book

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