OSU basketball notebook: Injury update
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Friday, November 30, 2012
11/30/12 at 2:46 AM
In advance of Oklahoma State's first true road game, the Cowboys have temporarily lost another player to injury.
Center Philip Jurick is not expected to play Saturday against Virginia Tech after being elbowed in the mouth during practice, coach Travis Ford said Thursday. Jurick received 12 stitches to his split lower lip and also might have sustained a concussion.
"He was playing so well for us right now," Ford said. "He doesn't have staggering numbers, but his presence means a lot to us. ... I don't at this point expect him (Saturday)."
Jurick, who is coming off a torn Achilles from March, has started the last three games and is averaging 3.0 points and 5.4 rebounds on the season. His backup, Marek Soucek, hasn't returned to practice since a knee injury two weeks ago.
Fortunately for OSU, forward Michael Cobbins is on the mend after fracturing a big toe in an exhibition win against Ottawa.
"He'll dress out (Saturday)," Ford said. "I'm expecting him at this point. How much he can give us, I'm not sure yet."
Presti at practice: Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti attended the Cowboys' practice Thursday and watched from the bleachers, possibly checking out stars Le'Bryan Nash, a sophomore, and Marcus Smart, a freshman.
Broadcast information: The television-broadcast rights for Saturday's game belong to the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is under contract with ESPN. Because of the large number of football and basketball games, ESPN doesn't have a timeslot available to televise the 1 p.m. game.
The game will not be televised but can be seen online through ESPN3, which is available with only certain Internet providers, including Cox and Suddenlink.
Additionally, the game conflicts with OSU's 11 a.m. football game at Baylor, so the basketball game will not be available on the normal network stations. It will be broadcast on alternative stations, but none in Tulsa. The closest stations are KSPI am780 in Stillwater and KPGM am1500 in Bartlesville.
Another alternative is OKState.com, which will provide the broadcast for free this Saturday only.