A standing-room-only crowd filled Gallagher-Iba Arena to meet the 2013-14 OSU Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams and they were treated to an extravagant opening video that was projected onto the entire floor. The Cowboys then played a 15-minute scrimmage in which they put on a show with high-flying dunks, alley oops and more, leaving the OSU faithful looking forward to the upcoming season with anticipation.
9) Nov. 17/Nov. 23: Four Future Cowboys
Travis Ford isn't satisfied that the 2013-14 version of his Cowboys is the best in his six years at OSU. He's also building for the future, signing four players during the November early signing period, including three of the nation's top 81 high school prospects. Jared Terrell, a 6-3 guard from Wolfeboro (Brewster Academy), N.H. is the 77th-best prospect in scout.com's rankings. Joe Burton (pictured), a 6-5 wing from Humble (Atascocita), Texas, is ranked No. 79, and Mitch Solomon, a 6-9 post from Bixby, Okla., is No. 81. The class also includes 6-2 Jeff Newberry, who is considered the nation's best junior college point guard prospect at New Mexico Junior College.
8) Dec. 21: Cowboys Hit The Jackpot
Markel Brown recorded the first double-double of his senior season – and the fourth of his career – in helping the seventh-ranked Cowboys defeat No. 20 Colorado 78-73 at the MGM Grand Showcase benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer in Las Vegas. The 6-3 Brown finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cowboys over the Buffaloes, who lost for just the second time. Marcus Smart added 18 points, while Phil Forte had 16. Le'Bryan Nash contributed 15 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots as the Cowboys snapped the Buffaloes' 10-game winning streak.
7) Dec. 1: Singing The Blues
Less than two weeks after routing Memphis in Stillwater, the Cowboys and Tigers faced off for the second time in 13 days in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. This time No. 21 Memphis won the showdown between top-25 teams as the Tigers won 73-68 to capture the Old Spice Classic tournament title. Smart, who battled stomach-virus type symptoms, was held to 12 points by the Tigers and was just 4 of 13 from the field.
6) March 9: No. 13 Cowboys Beat No. 9 Wildcats
On Senior Day, the 13th-ranked Cowboys spoiled No. 9 Kansas State's hopes of winning the Big 12 regular season title. The Wildcats entered the day tied for first place with Kansas but the Cowboys rallied from a nine-point, second-half deficit for the victory. Le'Bryan Nash led the Cowboys with 24 points, while Marcus Smart added 21 and Markel Brown pitched in with 16, including seven free throws in the final two minutes.
(Check back soon for the top five moments in OSU basketball for 2013.)