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Daily Bullets (February 18)



What a night, what a night. Oklahoma State has won eight of nine and several of those in stunning, thrilling fashion just like it did on Saturday against the Sooners. I’m here for the 2017 basketball-football sweep of OU in November … and in December.

Forte’s Heroics

It got buried because Jawun Jawuned, but Forte was pretty awesome all night.

He got going early, scoring 15 points in the first half. He made three 3s in the opening half, keeping OSU within nine points of the Sooners going into the break.

“He kept us in it in the first half,” OSU coach Brad Underwood said.

Forte’s game comes weeks removed of him making the game-winning shot of the in-state rivals first meeting of the year. The basket was Forte’s first game-winner at OSU.

“It can’t get any better than that,” Forte said. “We got two wins. Both games were a dogfight, and that is kind of how this rivalry is. We’ve been on the short end on the stick for the past couple of years. It’s always been close, and it could’ve gone either way. We were fortunate to be on the other side.” [O’Colly]

Also, this is awesome.

On the Road at Home

This is pretty interesting.

With OSU’s road regime clearly working, coach Brad Underwood has started borrowing from the routine. The Cowboys now spend the night before home games in a hotel.

Away from Gallagher-Iba Arena, OSU has ripped off four straight Big 12 wins, the most since 2012-13 and twice as many as the Cowboys managed the past two seasons — combined. Underwood turned to the hotel stay in Stillwater for the Texas game last week, and the Cowboys won the next day. [NewsOK]

Make ’em sleep at the U-Haul on Highway 51 if they’re going to win eight of nine. I don’t care.

All That Offense

Bill Haisten on the Pokes.

In 2003, in a classic exhibition of jawbreaker defensive basketball, the Kelvin Sampson-coached Sooners defeated Eddie Sutton’s Cowboys. The teams combined for only 94 points.

On Saturday, Sutton was here to watched an eruption of offense. Multiply the 2003 total by two. The combined 188 points was the most in a Bedlam game since 1994, when the Sooners won 105-89 in Norman.

While Evans undeniably was OSU’s Man of the Hour on Saturday, Underwood charges forward with his bid to become the Big 12 Coach of the Year. Within the span of a few months, he changed everything related to Cowboys basketball. [Tulsa World]

Underwood might be a throwback, but his teams are certainly progressive when it comes to style.

She Back

The grand old palace is alive again. Some thought it might be gone forever. But Brad Underwood and his hearty band of ballplayers has brought it back and quick. Sort of like what they did Saturday night.

OSU continued its amazing renaissance, not just from Big 12 irrelevancy but from an 0-6 start to this conference season, with a 96-92 victory over OU that was every bit as hard and as exciting as it sounds. [NewsOK]

I love it. This is such a different era with football being awesome, but I think I still default to wanting hoops, above all other sports, to rock.

OSU and NCAA Notes

LaVar Ball thinks Lonzo is better than Steph Curry (lol) … Who is the third-best QB in the Big 12? … Cowgirls got swept in tennis in Florida by Stanford and Florida … The Big 12 race is completely over (here is how it stands after 14 games).

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