"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.
"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.
"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.
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."