Getting To Know You
Cam McGriff’s explosions, Lindy Waters’ clutch shooting, and Mitch Solomon’s hustle have keyed big wins for the Pokes, but grad transfer Kendall Smith coming into his own has been just as crucial.
The graduate transfer put up 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, but his offensive rebound (off his own miss) and pass to Lindy Waters for the go-ahead 3-pointer was as big a play as any. Smith posted 13 points, three rebounds and three assists in the second half alone.
He came to Stillwater with a strong resume as a scorer at the mid-major level for Cal State Northridge.
He’s found that confidence now in the Big 12. Smith is shooting 46.9 percent from 3-point range in league play — the sixth-best mark in the conference. [TulsaWorld]
After looking out of place and disappearing often early in the year, Smith has played aggressively and with confidence and not letting the moment be too big for him.
And that pass down the court to Carroll on Saturday in closing was nasty.
Here’s Jeffrey Carroll with a dunk for good measure. Pokes win 88-85. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/U2npzO9fER
— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 10, 2018
Doug Becoming Doug
In a fantastic piece he wrote for The Athletic, Cowboy great Doug Gottlieb outlined how he overcame his challenges, owned up to his mistakes and became a man – in the city we all love.
How much better did I have to be as a defender, a passer and a leader to play at the level I did? How good do I have to be at hosting a radio show or calling a basketball game to have the career I’ve had despite being kicked out of Notre Dame? Not to mention that if that hadn’t happened, I never would have ended up at Oklahoma State and met (his wife) Angie.
I’ve never liked “things happen for a reason” statements, especially when the reason was my own doing, but I truly believe I was meant to be a Cowboy. Stillwater spoke to me, and it changed me in so many good ways. I tell people all the time: I was born in Milwaukee and raised in Orange County, but I grew up in Stillwater, Okla. [The Athletic]
The humility and authenticity to share about his growth is another reason to love Doug – a true Cowboy if there ever was one. And my goodness could that dude handle the rock.
OSU and NCAA Notes
Cowboys check in to Andy Katz’s top 25….Good little preview for 2018 Cowboy Baseball here….Boynton is saying the right things ahead of a Valentine’s Day game against K-State….Take a look at these Big 12 Power Rankings – a not-fun stat mentioned with OSU….Some good Bubble talk here about the Big Dance
James Washington is an all-time player and human.
This dude. Hard to not pull for him and whatever he touches to be successful.
#OKState coach Mike Boynton, on trying to get people to come to GIA on Valentine’s Day: “I’ll cook for people at halftime, if that’s what they want.”
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) February 12, 2018
— Tyler (@OSUfreak82) February 12, 2018
A super neat gesture.
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) February 12, 2018
Classy and sassy.
Here’s a feisty Mike Boynton after #OKState’s win over WVU (from WDTV & @joebrowdtv) — “At some point maybe the conversation needs to turn to you know Oklahoma State’s not awful” pic.twitter.com/QubiS5CdcW
— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) February 12, 2018
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- OSU is bringing in a really talented walk-on class for 2018
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