In the sports world you can have three types of teams: a rounded out one, a weak on, and one carried by a superstar. In all aspects, Oklahoma State is carried by one player.
Junior guard James Anderson has developed into the premier player in the Big 12 and one of the best in the country. Anderson is without a doubt a one man wrecking crew as his game continues to expand.
Second year head coach Travis Ford has used him to perfection, bringing out close to the best from Anderson especially during Big 12 play.
However, in the first two early season losses for Oklahoma State, you could see that Anderson was just having off nights. So the early fan motto was, "Where Anderson goes, we go."
This was especially true after losing to bedlam rival Oklahoma. The Cowboys held the lead midway through the second half until Anderson left the game with an apparent head injury.
The Cowboys never recovered. Though they managed to force overtime, they still fell to the Sooners.
The Cowboys are still a legitimate player in conference play, but to even stand a chance, they'll need more than just Anderson.
Senior Obi Muonelo and juniors Marshall Moses and Matt Pilgram all could potentially provide Anderson some help. But he'll need more than just sporadic contributions.
The Cowboys have not been consistent this year at all. Sophomore Keiton Page has played spectacular at times but has fallen out as of late.
The loss of freshman Ray Penn hurts the Cowboys' backcourt mainly because of his calm demeanor. Fellow freshman Fred Gulley just isn't as consistent of a point guard as Penn, though he is a better defender.
Anderson showed just how good he is against Texas on Big Monday, scoring 24 points in the first half. Though he finished with only 28, it still proves the lack of support he has from his teammates.
Coach Ford has worked wonders with Anderson's game. Now he only needs to work with the rest of his teams' ability to lift some of the offensive burden off his star.