Daily Bullets: Smart airball sparks victory

Written by Kyle Porter


Night Court is good. If you like college hoops you should be checking it out. (CBS Sports)

Ford on Smart: “I thought he gave an incredible, Marcus Smart performance tonight. You look at the stat line — it’s ridiculous.” Also, Rick Barnes doesn’t seem overly impressed. (ESPN)

Some non-superpowers are trying to win the national title this year. If OSU doesn’t, I’d like Iowa State, Wisconsin, or Wichita State to win it off of this list. (ESPN)

The top arenas in college hoops as voted on by a bunch of basketball writers. GIA comes in No. 10 which I feel like is pretty fair. (Athlon Sports)

Sometimes it feels like Ford thinks we’re just always going to be the victim: “We fought really hard and battled and scrapped and clawed against a team that was a whole lot bigger than us.” You have three NBA players, Travis. (O’Colly)

Everyone’s gamer lede was the Marcus Smart airball. (Tulsa World)

It’s like I’ve been saying for a while now, Kansas really needs another competitive advantage to stay on top of the college basketball world. (Yahoo)

10 thoughts on the Texas game. (PFB)

“When you give up 51 free throws, it’s hard to overcome.” (NewsOK)

More interesting quotes in here from Ford on playing Brian Williams at the four and how OSU is trying to cope without Cobbins. (okstate)

I do like this from Ford on Smart: “The last couple of days, we’ve spent a lot of time together talking about what I expect and what he’s capable of doing for this basketball team.” (NewsOK)

Mark Titus torches Marcus Smart here. (Grantland)


Some good stuff here from Berry on the Cotton Bowl. I think I initially gave Mizzou too much credit for being in the SEC etc. Berry’s right, though, OSU was one play away from probably winning that game. (NewsOK)

Texas hires a former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator as its defensive coordinator. Wow, this is going about as well as it could for non-Texas fans. (CBS Sports)

Brandon Chatmon with some grades for OSU’s season. Special teams gets a D+ (ESPN)

Interesting poll here on whether or not OSU and OU fans should root for each other. I feel like I formerly would have said “no way” but I’m softening a little big. (NewsOK)

Ranking the football uniforms of 2013. (PFB)

Devon Thomas, Mason Rudolph, and Tyreek Hill are about to be on campus and enrolled at OSU. (Scout)

I laughed for some reason at this headline on the Petrino hiring at Louisville. (Deadspin)

Agree with this list, James Castleman and Kevin Peterson as two of the 10 Big 12 defensive players to watch for 2014. (ESPN)

This is so cool looking. (BCF Toys)

Mike Gundy has only ever had two top 15 teams in nine tries. (PFB)

Why Charlie Strong could be a problem for OSU and Baylor. That’s fine, you can say whatever you want, but until I see Texas rolling again then I’m cold on the hire. (ESPN)


Craig Biggio missed the Hall of Fame by two votes. Bummer, loved watching him growing up in Houston. (Big Lead)

Here’s a great Greg Maddux story. (Deadspin)

Wowza, Dan Le Batard turned his Hall of Fame vote over to Deadspin’s readers. (Deadspin)

The builder’s high. (Randsinrepose)

On marrying longform with click-chasing. (Pando Daily)

The ascent to power of people whose native tongue is numbers and algorithms and systems rather than personal relationships or human intuition. (Wired)

I love lefty dunks.


  • kspokesfan

    The air ball free throw attempt from Smart was funny. At least he took it in stride. I seen the same thing happen in the Boise/SDSU game.
    Local news out of Tulsa showed the missed one of the Boise game but the one from OSU… I thought that in it’s own right was funny.

  • Doug

    1. Titus totally nailed it. Smart’s bouts of severe immaturity would be a lot easier to take if we weren’t being constantly told how mature he is.

    2. My thoughts on OU have changed dramatically in the last two years or so. I spent my entire life hate Hate HATING them, but now…. I don’t really distinguish between them and any of the other teams that might be standing in the way of OSU’s Big XII and/or national title hopes. I attribute it to the fact that, only in the past few years have scenarios like this even been possible: “hmmm, if OU beats Texas, that helps OSU’s chances in the conference race.” Also, I live in SEC country, so my hate budget is constantly being taxed by the entire SEC. If I moved back to Oklahoma, I would probably be able to re-allocate some hate back to the Sooners.

    • OSU-Bill

      Living out of state certainly helps, but I’m still in Big 12 country, where at least everyone else hates the Sooners too.

    • kspokesfan

      In the past I would have said never pull for the Sooners. I have said for years I have two favorite teams… OSU and whoever is playing OU. About the only time I can pull for the Sooners to win is when they are in a bowl game.
      I know it will get some response but I have had to listen to all the trailer park trash, bandwagon jumpers, and anything else derogatory towards the arrogant Sooner Fans I can think of names, that I still find myself hoping for them to lose just so they have to have a little closed mouth time. But it never seems to work, they always find something to run their mouths about.
      Good thing I don’t tell you how I really feel… GO POKES!!

  • davids

    I softened a little pulling for ou because of the SEC arrogance. But Bama Rolling would have been OK. When the Daily OK all of sudden acts like ou might play Fla. St next year (NC game) ;Gundy is not telling the truth about interest in Texas and is trying to manipulate press, Bob is God and has ou is back on top; OSU football season was a “clunker” (really) today’s headline “Clark Steals Show” ( I thought OU beat Kansas) I could go on and on. I don’t like getting ou pushed down my throat. Sorry but my favorite team will always be the Cowboys and 2nd will be ou’s opponent.

  • Jeff Jones

    I will always root against OU. Not because I hate them or their fans (I do hate Kenny Stills obviously) but because every win OU gets helps their recruiting. Any win that helps the stature of the OU program hurts the OSU program to some extent. They go after many of the same recruits so maybe a big win by OU is all it takes to sway a player to go to Norman as apposed to Stillwater. If OU played China I would pull for China. If OU played the freaking devil himself I would be cheering for the Prince of darkness.

  • WTC

    The notion of cheering for or against OU is irrelevant when we only beat them 1 time out of 9 or 10. Even if OU finished 5-7 eyebrows would raise if we won Bedlam, just like OSU got huge props when we beat the 5-7 Longhorns in Austin in 2010. I for one choose to disregard them as best I can for 51 weeks a year, they have enough publicity without my help. Also we either need to start beating them more consistently when we get the chance, or get in a situation where we don’t have to play them every year, anything else is an exercise in futility. An example of getting out of playing OU every year would be, adding Louisville and BYU to this conference using I-40 as the dividing line between Big-12 north and south, (I know it’s a pipe dream, but it would work.)

    • Tom Padalino

      If OSU went to the big12 north it would be so unfair and awesome

    • WTC

      The Big-12 lost its shot with Louisville going to the ACC, I’m just illustrating that it would be possible and logical to put OSU and OU in different divisions and let the status quo wear off. I think the history of Bedlam is to engrained in the players and especially the coaches (who lose recruiting battles with OU year round,) we enter the game playing the victim and have the mentality that something special will have to occur to win. Since 2008 the only thing Bedlam has done is helped OU bc we’ve given them a good win to hang their hat on at the end of the season, 2011 being the lone exception.

  • Robert Ward

    Two comments that came from my wife last night during the game: 1. Byron Eaton would average 30 free throws a game with the new officiating 2. I hope some student section sitting behind the goal collectively falls to the ground during a Marcus Smart free throw after one of his flops
    I would die

  • Why are you not a fan of Texas hiring Strong?

  • BBinKC

    Unfortunately it is hard to disagree with anything Titus wrote.