Cowboys Update In Kansas City

Cowboys Update In Kansas City, What They Did Thursday KANSAS CITY, Mo -- The Cowboys spent their first day in Kansas City concentrating on preparation for tomorrow's first round game with Eastern Washington set to tip off at the Kemper Arena at approximately 2:10 p.m.

Oklahoma State is staying down in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City at the swanky Fairmont Hotel. Hotel assignments by the NCAA are based on seeding with the highest seeded team in the best hotel. Kansas is the second highest seed at the Kansas City site and they are staying in the hotel O-State head coach Eddie Sutton almost always chooses to stay in, the Westin Crown Center.      

  The Cowboys had a team meeting in the morning and then departed for St. Mary's High School, a private school in Kansas City for a two hour practice and walk through against Eastern Washington's sets. The Eagles are a man defensive team that rarely uses zones, but likely will have to some against the Cowboys.             

  Oklahoma State went straight from St. Mary's to the Kemper Arena for their NCAA mandatory news conferences. Sutton and players Tony Allen, Joey Graham, and John Lucas met with the media. The Cowboys then used their 50 minutes on the Kemper floor for a shoot around to get used to the court, rims, and shooting backgrounds. Early in the time on the floor Cowboy forward Jason Miller went up for a dunk and jostled the goal standard so much that it knocked the shot clock above the backboard off it's mount. The shot clock had to be repaired following the Cowboys court time. It was not nearly as dramatic as Bryant Reeves shattering the backboard in Seattle in 1995, but it did get everybody's attention in the arena.         After the shoot around the Cowboys went back to the Fairmont before heading out to Sutton's favorite pre tournament restuarant from many trips to KC for the Big Eight and Big 12 Tournaments. The Cowboys dined on steak at the famous Hereford House.

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