OSU basketball team ranked for first time in Ford era
BY Staff Reports
Monday, November 19, 2012
11/19/12 at 5:52 PM
For the first time in the Travis Ford era, Oklahoma State's basketball team is ranked. The Cowboys are No. 20 in the latest Associated Press basketball poll released Monday.
The Cowboys are 4-0 after defeating then-No. 6 North Carolina State 76-56 in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament.
Freshman Marcus Smart was named MVP of the tournament and was joined on the all-tournament team by Le’Bryan Nash. On Sunday, the McDonald’s All-Americans combined for 43 points.
The 20-point win is the largest margin of victory in the championship game in the six-year tournament.
Indiana is still a runaway No. 1 and Louisville is again a solid second. Then come the changes, with Kentucky dropping five spots to eighth.
The Hoosiers (3-0) receive 46 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. The Cardinals (5-0) get the other 19 No. 1 votes.
Here's how World Sports Writer Kelly Hines voted:
3. Ohio State
14. N.C. State
16. Michigan State
20. Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State's players celebrate after defeating N.C. State in the Puerto Rico Tip-off Tournament RICARDO ARDUENGO/AP