In one of the most anticipated home games in years, Marcus Smart put on a show in front of numerous NBA scouts and Oklahoma City Thunder standout Kevin Durant to lead the No. 7 Cowboys 101-80 rout of No. 11 Memphis (and it wasn't even that close). Smart scored a career-high 39 points, including 24 of the Cowboys' first 29 points, and also added five steals, four rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Markel Brown added 20 points and Brian Williams finished with 15.
4) Feb. 20: Jayhawks Win In Double Overtime
Just 18 days after seeing their 33-game home-court winning streak snapped by Oklahoma State, head coach Bill Self's Jayhawks made the trip to Stillwater with revenge on their mind. The No. 9 Jayhawks and No. 14 Cowboys were tied 57-57 at the end of regulation, and Kansas managed to pull out a 68-67 double-overtime victory on Naadir Tharpe's short jumper in the lane with 16.5 seconds left in the second overtime. Tharpe had made only one of his first 11 shots and the Jayhawks hadn't made a field goal in either overtime before the game winner.
3) March 21: OSU Falls In NCAA Tourney
The Cowboys received a No. 5 seed from the NCAA Tournament selection committee but were paired against surprise No. 12 seed Oregon in the second round. Travis Ford said before the game that the Ducks looked nothing like a No. 12 seed and they played like a team that was not happy with its low seeding in defeating the Cowboys 68-55 in San Jose, Calif. The Cowboys fell behind 19-12 in the first half after going six minutes without scoring and never recovered.
2) Feb. 2: Cowboys Upset No. 2 Jayhawks
Oklahoma State hadn't beat a top-five team on the road since 1958. The Cowboys hadn't won in Lawrence, Kan., since 1989. Kansas had won 33 in a row inside Allen Fieldhouse, and 102 of the last 103 on its home court. But the unranked Cowboys stunned the second-ranked Jayhawks 85-80, and then Marcus Smart celebrated by doing a back-flip at midcourt. Markel Brown led the Cowboys with 28 points and Smart showed why he would earn Big 12 Player of the Year honors with 25 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
1) April 17: The Smart Decision: He's Returning To OSU
Saying "I'm a Cowboy at heart," Marcus Smart announces to hundreds of cheering students in the OSU Student Union that he would return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season and bypass entering the 2013 NBA Draft, where he was projected as high as the No. 3 selection. In addition, Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash also stepped to the microphone to say they also would be returning. "You can only be a kid once, and once you leave there's no going back. I got to thinking, I'd rather be safe than sorry," Smart said. "Instead of me leaving and regretting, 'Why did I leave early?' I can still be a kid and enjoy it for one more year."