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High Noon Highlights (1/20): What Oklahoma State Basketball must do

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NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

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Momentum is needed heading into the Baylor game:

John Helsley wrote about this young Oklahoma State Basketball and how these postponements might affect their season.

The soonest the Cowboys will play is Saturday at home against unbeaten league-leader Baylor, which is receiving votes for No. 1 as the nation’s second-ranked squad. That means the Cowboys will be 11 days removed from KOing KU, an unwanted delay just as they were growing up and growing teeth and gaining confidence.

Pressing pause is hardly ideal, not for a young team that was gaining traction in learning to deal with the ups and downs of big boy college basketball.

They’ve gone from surging to standby, with games against Oklahoma and West Virginia postponed. {Pokes Report}

I think he’s right. When you’re on a roll and then have to all a sudden pause, how does that impact you? I think it’s going to take the older member of the team to talk to the younger guys to keep them motivated. They’re going to have to lean on each other as a team to keep things going the way they’re going.

Mike Boynton joins a podcast:

Head coach of the Cowboys Mike Boyton was given the chance to join the Black Excellence In Sports podcast to talk about his career. Boynton is given this opportunity to be just chit chat about the way he thinks. It’s a great listen!

We have placed Mike Boynton on the throne as he joins us to share his life testimony of what he has had to overcome to achieve greatness. During this interview Coach Boynton sets the tone for what it means to be unapologetically himself in a profession where it is easy to want to fit a certain stereotype. His level of confidence and authenticity is evident in this interview. As the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Oklahoma State University, he his priorities as leader of the program which include setting an example as a man, husband and a father and building relationships with his players. In a league with accomplished coaches, Mike Boynton doesn’t let the expectations of others get in the way of living out his mission and keeping his faith first and helping his players understand their value outside of making it to the NBA. He gives us the prospective that we are here for a purpose much bigger than ourselves. {Black Excellence in Sport Podcast}

What the scholarship moment meant to Dee Mitchell:

This past week, Oklahoma State Basketball walk on Dee Mitchell was put on scholarship. Jacob Unruh of the Oklahoman wrote about what this moment going viral meant to Mitchell.

“I think he’s a great example of what life is really about,” Boynton said. “He’s a guy who young kids should look at and say, ‘Hey, don’t let your circumstances dictate how you go about your everyday life.’ You never know when that opportunity presents itself.

“I don’t know if he would say he’s been through a lot. Everybody’s been through a lot. I would say the way he’s handled going through this is what’s most impressive.”

Mitchell spent last semester working 30-40 hours per week at Walmart, stocking shelves, helping customers, tossing old produce and whatever else was needed. He also took 19 hours of classes. {Oklahoman}

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