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Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart has had a ton of individual success in his two years in college basketball. Ironically, he has not been able to help his team win a single March Madness game in his two years in Stillwater.
OSU lost on Friday to Gonzaga, 85-77. No one can blame Smart for not trying to do enough to help the Cowboys win their opening game in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Against the 'Zags, he had 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and six steals. Who has that type of line?
One of the reasons he returned to campus for his sophomore year instead of entering the 2013 NBA draft was to make a run at the national championship.
Foxsports.com relayed the words from his press conference, where he announced last April that he was coming back to OSU:
All my life, I've been a winner, you know, back-to-back state championships and then to come in and finally make the NCAA tournament. Just all my life I've been winning. But this team, I felt like we had a lot more to accomplish. We were a lot better team than that. That's just not the way we wanted to go out. It helped me a little bit to get motivated to come back this year.
With Smart at the point, I am surprised that the Cowboys were knocked out in their first game again this year.