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100% Orange Juice: Men's Basketball Uncertainty, MBB Preview

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Basketball is a long way away, but school is back in session and with it comes early previews for sports months in advance. Regardless, if you are like me, then you definitely want to read anything to do with Oklahoma State.

For a in-depth preview from the SB Nation network, head on over  to Jeffrey Haley’s article to learn more. (For anyone who has a strong dislike of Texas burnt orange, you might want to skip this article.)

After failing to meet expectations last season, Ford has very little support left among fans. The perception is that he only has retained his job at OSU because he has a very large contract that doesn’t expire for a very long time.

I know everyone, including myself, knows that contract is probably the most ridiculous piece of you know what. I like Travis Ford but an initial NCAA appearance with another person’s players does not warrant that kind of contract.

But the Cowboys lost more than just Smart. Markel Brown was a senior last year (he has signed with the Brooklyn Nets), while Kamari Murphy and Brian Williams both transferred out of the program.

Seeing how the Cowboys do this year with out all these players will probably make or break Ford this year.

 

Since OSU football will dominate this next few months, I thought I would include Men’s Basketball links for you today.

With this next season around the corner, the Cowboy’s MBB team is filled with as much uncertainty as its football counterpart. With two star players off to the NBA and two vital role players transferred to different schools, there are big question marks for Ford’s team this year.

For more on the uncertainty, Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World has the information you seek.

After starting last season ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll, expectations have plummeted. It’s no surprise, as OSU returns just four players who averaged more than one point per game.

Geez…

Three players who have started for OSU are back: seniors Le’Bryan Nash and Michael Cobbins and the junior Forte. Cobbins, who is on track for the season opener after rupturing his Achilles on Dec. 30, said it was a little shock to see so many new faces at first, but once he could “put a name to the face,” it wore off.
“It’s different with this group right now because everybody has bonded quickly,” he said.

The basketball team will need to do more than bond quickly. If they don’t, this season might be a death march for the Travis Ford experiment.

In other non-OSU news…

-The Cleveland Browns have announced that Brian Hoyer is the starter for the first game of the season. So all you Manziel haters will need to wait a few more weeks to see him fail(which I don’t think he will. You gotta have major cajones to let someone take a picture of you rolling up a bill to do drugs.)

- Journalism can be a very dangerous thing sometimes. I won’t link to the story I am alluding to here, but if you weren’t pissed or scared by Al-Qaeda or the Taliban, then ISIS should get your blood flowing.

Thanks for reading another edition of 100% Orange Juice!

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