OSU Basketball Notes

Only a few weeks ago, redshirt freshman guard Brian Williams was a seldom-used member of the Cowboy rotation and freshman center/forward Marek Soucek was essentially unused.

With the defections of point guards Reger Dowell and Fred Gulley from the program and the season-ending knee injury suffered by Jean-Paul Olukemi against Virginia Tech, Williams and Soucek will play much bigger roles in conference play.

In fact, Williams earned his first career start in the Cowboys' 67-59 conference opening victory against Texas Tech and Soucek scored his first collegiate points — a 3-pointer in the first half — against the Red Raiders. Soucek also recorded a rebound and an assist in 15 minutes. He will need to bring about that many minutes a night with the condensed lineup and he showed positive signs of being able to do that against the Raiders.

Williams didn't have a great debut in the starting five with two points on 1-of-6 shooting but he played a hard 26 minutes and he brings a good energy to the floor, especially on the offensive end. He had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting against Virginia Tech the game before and he is a threat to score with the ball in his hands every time.

Williams has looked like he's been capable of playing a bigger role with this team and now he has the opportunity. He's coming along fast.

Taking care of the ball

After losing the two most experienced points guards off the roster entering league play, one would naturally expect an increase in turnovers. Against Tech it was the opposite that took place.

OSU had two turnovers against the Red Raiders, which was a school record low. The previous low was four against Marquette on Jan. 14, 1992, which was tied against Pitt earlier this season.

The low turnover count naturally aided in the other record set against Tech — the assist-to-turnover ratio school record. The Cowboys had 11 assists to against the two turnovers for a 5.5-to-1 ratio. The previous record was 5.14-to-1 against Langston in 2000 (36 assists, seven turnovers).

Obviously the low assist count is an ongoing issue for this team but if the Pokes can continue to cut down on turnovers that could be equally beneficial in the short term.

Next Up

The Cowboys head to Austin on Saturday for a matchup against the Texas Longhorns. UT lost its conference opener 77-71 at Iowa State and is 10-4 on the season. The game is set for 6 p.m. and will be televised on the Cowboy Sports Network.


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