OSU Basketball Notebook

The Oklahoma State basketball team is in dire need of an impressive win, or a win of any kind, to break out of a two-game losing skid and free from an overall gloomy mood surrounding the program.

The major problem with the Pokes being able to fix some of their woes tonight, particularly their difficulty scoring, is the opponent in front of them in Alabama.

The Crimson Tide are having some frustrations of their own, having lost three out of four, but are one of the nation's best defensive teams.

Alabama ranks 19th in scoring defense (56.7) and 13th in field-goal percentage defense (36.4), which could spell trouble for a Cowboy team that has found baskets hard to come by this season.

The Crimson Tide is led by dynamic post forward duo of senior power forward JaMychal Green (15.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and junior small forward Tony Mitchell (14.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg). It will be the most prolific tandem the Cowboys have faced this season.

The Tide is 8-3 on the season and most recently suffered a 71-58 loss to Kansas State.

Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2. The Cowboys won lst year's meeting 68-60 in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City.

Ford not frustrated, just trying to fix it

Asked what his frustration level is at this point with his struggling team, the Cowboys' head coach opened up a little about it.

"I'm not frustrated; I wouldn't use that word. I'm trying to figure things out, I mean really analyze it. I'm not frustrated because I like these guys and I fully understand and fully grasp what's going on and perhaps why things are happening and the excuses of it. Figuring it out is what keeps me up all night. We're going to figure it out but the reasons are: the schedule, that has a lot to do with it, and just youth. We are going through the process of just getting it. And we have to figure out what we can do to speed it up and stay positive."

Added incentive for victory

Redshirt freshman Brian Williams said this team is in need of a win and needs no additional motivation but he has found some anyway as the Cowboys prepare to face the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"It would be great to win this for the football team," he said. "I feel like our football team didn't get an equal opportunity and I really feel like they should be playing in the BCS title game."

But more than winning one for the football team, Williams acknowledged that any kind of victory would prove beneficial.

"Right now we need it. All we can do is go out and play our hardest but we need a win," he said.

Fred Gulley released this statement via his Twitter:

"As a child I worked day in and day out to get the chance to play basketball at the highest level. I received an opportunity to play at Oklahoma State University, one of the premier schools in the country while pursuing higher education. I had the chance to play in front of one of the best fan bases in America. These are all memories that I will cherish. I would like to thank Coach Ford for the opportunity to showcase my talents in front of the country. I'd also like to thank Coach Pierre, Coach Ferguson, Coach Middleton, and Coach Manzelmann for the knowledge they have blessed me with. I'm also very thankful for the wisdom and the tutelage bestowed upon me by Jason Miller, and Joey Biggs. The fan support at OSU has been unbelievable and one that I'll remember forever. Last I would like to thank my teammates, you guys will always be my family. I wish the OSU family nothing but the best."

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