KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09: Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot Pistol Pete performs during their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first round of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Here's an interesting Q&A Jimmy Tramel from the Tulsa World did with Head Coach Travis Ford and several players after yesterday's win against Nebraska. There's some good stuff in here about what the Cowboys think about their rematch with Kansas. I especially like what JPO has to say about the game.
You beat Kansas in Stillwater last season, so is there any benefit to having players with memories of beating the Jayhawks?
Ford: I think they probably remember Lawrence more than anything. I think they’ll remember that more than anything. They handed it to us pretty good.
What’s it going to take to beat Kansas?
Ford: Hopefully they miss a few shots and hopefully we make a few. It boils down to that. That’s kind of the name of the game this time of year.
How do you feel about getting Kansas as a reward for winning?
Marshall Moses: It’s fun to play against teams like Kansas and the Dukes and all the teams that are ranked in the top five of the country. You couldn’t ask for anything better. It’s like a dream.
Matt Pilgrim: That’s beautiful man. That’s the goal I had to keep winning, until you win it all.
Jean-Paul Olukemi: It’s more of a payback game, I think. That’s where everybody’s mind better be. They embarrassed us on national TV and this is an opportunity to show the world that we went down there and didn’t play like ourselves. That’s what that game should represent for us.
Do you realize probably no one expects your team to win?
Moses: We expect to go out there and compete. It doesn’t really matter what anybody thinks. We’re the ones playing and as long as we think we have a chance, that’s all that really matters.
Because Kansas beat you by 27 points, was confidence lost?
Moses: I don’t think confidence was lost. They are a great team. I don’t think any team is 30 points better than us, but they have really good players and a really good team and I don’t think we lost confidence. We just lost the game.