Following the fiasco that took place on the campus of Texas Tech on Saturday, the Marcus Smart-less Oklahoma State Cowboys fell to the Texas Longhorns by a score of 87-68.
We all know what happened, and we all saw Marcus Smart’s incident. But if you somehow missed it and have been away from a TV, then I’ll lay it out for you.
With Oklahoma State trailing Texas Tech (in Lubock, Texas), the Red Raiders of Texas Tech managed to get a steal leading to a block attempt by Marcus Smart. This attempt left Smart behind the goal, where Tech super-fan, Jeff Orr, said something to Smart causing him to violently shove him.
This incident resulted in a 3 game suspension for Smart, and the first game of that suspension was played tonight against Texas.
The negativity and media surrounding that incident really affected the Cowboys and that was definitely exemplified in the first 6 minutes of the game, where the Longhorns were able to take and extend their lead to 17-7.
Markel Brown was, without a doubt, the focus for Texas with Smart out, but it was Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash who scored the majority of their points, finishing with 23.
For Texas, it was all Javan Felix, as he was able to catch fire in the first half scoring 16 on 4 threes, opening it up for Cameron Ridley and others on the inside.
Ultimately, Oklahoma State was never really able to get the game to within 20 points, and it become obviously apparent after the game that Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford was affected by all the media attention.
“This has nothing to do with Marcus Smart,” Ford said. “He wasn’t here tonight. We’ve got to play with what we’ve got. I don’t really even want to talk about it. It doesn’t do any good.”
Texas’s next matchup will take place in Austin against the Mountaineers of West Virginia, and it will be played on Saturday at 8:00 E.T.