Oklahoma State was back on the court in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Monday afternoon after taking a well deserved day off on Sunday while the Cowboy wrestlers used the arena to punish Oklahoma in a 37-3 regular season-ending dual.
Cowboys basketball coach Brad Underwood and his wife and daughter were front and center as they watched John Smith's team nearly conduct a clean sweep of the OU wrestlers. Underwood wouldn't mind a clean sweep this week as the Cowboys head out on the road on Tuesday for a Wednesday night game with TCU at 8 p.m., and then they finish the week at home at 7 p.m. Saturday with Bedlam and Oklahoma. A sweep this week would put the Cowboys back on even ground in the Big 12 with a 7-7 record.
The win on Saturday over Texas 84-71 was huge and while it was not perfect Underwood was very pleased with different phases and attributes show by his team – defense and rebounding for the most part. The head coach felt it may have been one of the Cowboys best games in half-court defense.
There were performances that either turned players around form the way their game had been going, such as the case with foul prone Leyton Hammonds, or kept a player moving in a very positive direction, such as the case with the 15 points and 8 rebounds from Davon Dillard.
As much as anything, it was a bounce back from the loss to Baylor last Wednesday and showed this team that one loss doesn't need to lead to two and that one loss could simply have been a brief interruption in a win streak and Texas was the opportunity to start another one.
Underwood was in a good mood as he spoke with the media and recapped the win over the Longhorns.