OSU-KU Notebook

Oklahoma State's victory over No. 1-ranked Kansas puts to rest any doubt as to where the Cowboys will spend March. The Cowboys' 20th victory of the season – and their fourth over a top-17 team in the Ratings Percentage Index – all but wraps up an NCAA Tournament bid for head coach Travis Ford's team. OSU is now 20-8 overall and 8-6 in Big 12 play with two regular season games remaining.

The Cowboys made a believer out of Kansas head coach Bill Self.

"It probably sounds trite when you get your butt kicked like we did today, you always look at the other team and always say how good they are and that kind of stuff, but I will say this, and I mean this totally honestly, I don't see a lot of teams beating them if (Keiton) Page, (James) Anderson and (Obi) Muonelo are that good. I really don't," Self said.

"I think they've got something going that will give anybody problems, and that's Obi is a matchup nightmare because he's a four-man (playing) at the three, and he's big enough that he can defend the four or whatever. He's a matchup nightmare because how do you guard ball screens if you have a true center? I thought there were times that we did a real good job of that but even when we made good plays out of that, we didn't score behind it. I think that Oklahoma State is like a lot of teams, they've got to make shots. When they're making shots they can beat anybody, and they made shots today," Self added.

OSU Shoots 60 Percent From The Field
Oklahoma State made 32 of 53 shots (60.4 percent) against Kansas, which entered the game with the Big 12's best field goal percentage defense (36.9 percent). The Cowboys shot 60 percent or better from the floor for the first time since Jan. 3, 2009, and it was OSU's best shooting performance against a Big 12 team since the Pokes made 60 percent at Colorado on Jan. 30, 2005.

"Give Oklahoma State credit. They were a lot better than us," Self said. "After the first TV timeout that game was controlled by Okie State. Their offensive players were far better than what we guarded. I thought it was a very, very pitiful performance by us but I also can't say that in a way that takes away from what they did.

"Their big three were terrific, and then their four and five, (Marshall) Moses and (Matt) Pilgrim, had great games. We weren't ready to defend today, and that's the biggest thing. I'm not saying we weren't excited to play because we were, but we certainly weren't ready to defend," added Self.

A Rebounding Mismatch (For the Cowboys?)
Kansas entered the game with a plus-7.0 rebounding margin in its first 28 games of the 2009-10 season, and had been outrebounded only five times all season. But the Cowboys outrebounded the taller Jayhawks (6-11 Cole Aldrich, 6-9 Markieff Morris and 6-8 Marcus Morris were averaging 21.8 rebounds) by 10 (36-26). The most KU had been outrebounded prior to Saturday's game was by eight (41-33) by Texas A&M.

"I would have never thought we'd outrebound them by 10.Tthat's a great surprirse," Ford said of the Cowboys, who were led by James Anderson (8 rebounds), Marshall Moses (7), Matt Pilgrim (6) and Fred Gulley (6).

"We wanted to compete on the glass with them," Ford added. "We wanted to pack it in as much as possible. Matt Pilgrim did a great job of one-on-one in the post, and I thought Marshall Moses did a great job with his strength.

"Our guys played extremely hard. I told our team you played against a team today that has a great, great chance to win the national championship. I would pick them to win the national championship. Today just happened to be our day," Ford continued.

Gallagher-Iba Arena Crowd Energizes Cowboys
Gallagher-Iba Arena was near capacity for the first time during the 2009-10 season, with only a couple hundred seats empty in the student section on the north end of the court. But Travis Ford had nothing but praise for the Cowboy fans after the upset victory.

Ford paid a visit Friday night to the OSU students that had been camping out in tents outside Gallagher-Iba Arena since Wednesday to get the best seats for Saturday afternoon's game.

"You could just feel it in talking to them, what a big game this was and what it meant to them as students," Ford said. "And then to walk into a packed house today. It got as loud as I've ever heard in any arena, anywhere, and I've been in a lot of loud ones as a player and coach. But I've never been in an atmosphere that got as loud as it was in our arena today on a couple of different occasions.

"It makes all the difference in the world for our team. It is a huge, huge lift for our basketball team. It gives our team confidence, it gives our team adrenalin, and there's no question it's one of the best atmospheres in all of college basketball when it's like that. It was great."

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