Oklahoma State's sophomore guard Marcus Smart finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals in a virtuoso performance Wednesday night, leading the seventh-seeded Cowboys to an 80-62 rout of No. 9 seed Texas Tech (14-18) in the Big 12 tournament.
The result was a season-ending loss for Texas Tech Coach Tubby Smith, who had never had a losing record in 23 seasons coaching Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota and now the Red Raiders.
"It's a rude awakening, your first experience at this Big 12 tournament," Smith said with a shrug. "A lot of credit to Oklahoma State. They were ready."
Not at the start, when Texas Tech raced to an 8-0 lead. But Oklahoma State turned up its full-court press and led 46-23 at halftime. The Red Raiders also scored the first seven points of the second half before fading.
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Rutgers gets Louisville next
Rutgers 72, South Florida 68: J.J. Moore scored 13 points, including the final two free throws after grabbing a key offensive rebound, as Rutgers won its opening game of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis, Tenn.
No.7 seed Rutgers will face Louisville, the tournament's second seed, on Thursday.
Ex-Colonel boss Good fired
Max Good is out as coach of the Loyola Marymount's men's basketball team after six seasons.
Athletic Director William Husak said Tuesday that Good's contract had expired and wouldn't be renewed for next season. The Lions' season ended with an 85-74 loss to BYU in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament last weekend. They were 13-19 and 4-14 in league play this season.
Good had a record of 77-117 overall at LMU, and a 27-65 mark in WCC games. He is 319-340 in 22 years as a head coach, including a 96-129 mark at Eastern Kentucky from 1981-89. He also coached at UNLV and Bryant University.
AAC honors Napier, Cronin
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier was the unanimous selection for the American Athletic Conference's inaugural player of the year and Mick Cronin of Cincinnati was named the coach of the year on Wednesday.
Napier was honored for his all-around contributions to the Huskies, who finished the regular season 24-7 and 12-6 in the league. He is the first player to lead UConn in scoring (17.8), rebounding (6.0) and assists (5.2). As a 6-foot-1 guard, he was also fifth in the league in defensive rebounds (5.0).
Cronin beat out SMU's Larry Brown for his award. Both are among the 10 finalists for the Henry Iba Award as national coach of the year.
Cronin's Bearcats tied Louisville for the league title with 15-3 records. It was UC's first league crown since 2004. UC (26-5 overall) is ranked No. 13 in The AP poll.
NCAA swats Baylor unis
Baylor is causing another stir with its uniforms at the Big 12 tournament.
The NCAA told the school Wednesday that it wouldn't be allowed to wear new uniform designs from adidas that have "Sic 'Em Bears" on the front. The NCAA said only the school name or traditional nicknames like "Bears" are allowed on the front of game uniforms.