Bedlam Notebook

Coach Travis Ford wore an orange blazer to honor his friend and former Cowgirl basketball coach Kurt Budke against rival Oklahoma on Monday night. Budke, who was one of the four who died in the tragic plane crash on Nov. 18, popularized the orange-blazer look during his time with the Cowgirls and it became his trademark look.

"I decided to wear the orange jacket a long time ago. I mentioned it to my wife and we decided I should do it. It's my way to honor Kurt Budke. I always thought it was neat he wore it," Ford said. "I had one of our managers bring it in five minutes before the game and told our guys I was going to wear it in honor of Kurt Budke. I said, ‘he wore this jacket on the Bedlam upset here when OU was ranked No. 6 in front of a sellout crowd. We need to go represent that in the right way.'"

And his Cowboys' 72-65 victory over the Sooners helped Ford come full circle with his honoring of Budke.

"We brought Shelley Budke in after the game and presented her with the game ball," he said.

A very classy, thoughtful move from Ford.

Cobbins and Williams continue contributions

Redshirt freshmen Michael Cobbins and Brian Williams have really come on strong for the Pokes the past few weeks and they really put their talents on display Monday night against OU.

Cobbins finished with nine points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 35 minutes with just two fouls. But his impact can't be measured in those stats alone. Cobbins provided something that the OSU offense has been missing all season — a legitimate threat to score off screens.

Cobbins scored twice on roll off passes that resulted in dunks and it was evident the rest of the game that the Sooners had to honor it, thus opening up more outside shots and easier rotation around the perimeter.

Williams was exactly what he's been the past few games — a versatile scoring threat and reliable defender. It's hard to figure out why his minutes were so limited at the beginning of the year other than a logjam at the position that has since disappeared. Williams scored 13 points and was aggressive on the offensive end, as evidenced by his 9-of-11 performance from the free-throw line. He also pulled down five rebounds and had no turnovers in 34 minutes.

Cezar struggling

While Cobbins and Williams are enjoying a great deal of success with the new rotation, freshman point guard Cezar Guerrero hasn't had as much fortune.

The Bellflower, Calif., native has made just 2-of-17 shots in Big 12 play and scored six points in the three games combined. Against the Sooners, Guerrero was 0-for-1 and routinely passed up open looks. He scored two points in the final minute of regulation from the free-throw line on a desperation foul by OU.

With Guerrero, it's certainly not for lack of confidence, which the youngster has in bunches. It is likely he is feeling a lot of pressure to perform after experienced point guards Reger Dowell and Fred Gulley quit the team in December. It's something he will ultimately shake but it's a drought nonetheless.

Five Quick Notes

1) The 50 rebounds the Sooners collected was the most against Oklahoma State since LaSalle corralled 52 on Dec. 4, 2010. That game went into two overtimes.

2) The Cowboys surpassed the 70-point mark for the first time in more than a month with their 72-65 win against the Sooners on Monday. The last time the Pokes achieved that feat was on Dec. 7 when they beat Missouri State 72-67, seven games ago.

3) With his 9-of-11 shooting performance from the free-throw line, Brian Williams matched his season total for made free throws. He was 9-for-13 entering Bedlam.

4) Keiton Page achieved two feats against the Sooners. With his 18 points he moved into a tie with Corey Williams for 17th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,320 points. Page also tied a career-best with his six rebounds Monday night.

5) OSU improved to 5-0 this season in the grey jerseys. Weird stat.

Next up for the Pokes: No. 4 Baylor

The Bears are one of only three unbeaten teams left in the nation at 15-0 but the Cowboys are fortunate as they have several days to prepare with no other games until they meet in Waco at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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