Marcus Smart did a very bad thing last game against Texas Tech. Although I am sure his actions of pushing a fan can be be justified, Smart will face punishment. He will be suspended for Oklahoma State‘s next three contests. The Cowboys’ other stars need to step up during this time.
Le’Bryan Nash and Markel Brown have been great this season. Brown is averaging 16.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game and Nash is putting up 14.5 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game. Both players have gotten less national attention than Smart–now more than ever–but both players are just as important when it comes to winning a national title this season.
Smart’s 17.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game cannot be replaced. However, Nash and Brown having huge games would certainly help with the loss of the Cowboys’ star player.
The Cowboys were not considered national title contenders coming into the season just because of one player. Brown and Nash are just as important and the play of Phil Forte is also crucial.
Forte alone can dominate any team with his three-point shooting abilities.
Smart has scored 20 or more points in the Cowboys’ last four game and they have lost every single one. That is bad news for this team.
Oklahoma State is 4-6 in the Big 12 and probably has no shot at winning the regular season title. That does not mean that it cannot win the conference tournament and earn a solid seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, though.