One of the nation's best players put out one of his worst showings on Saturday.
Although 16-3 Oklahoma State managed to hold on at home and beat 11-9 West Virginia (81-75), Marcus Smart merely had four points and three turnovers -- and fouled out in the process. He played 25 minutes. Those watching accused Smart of something he's developed a minor reputation for: flopping.
He also left the court at one point, in frustration.
It quite possibly was the worst performance of Smart's college career. At one point, back in December, Smart was the frontrunner for national player of the year. That's clearly no longer the case, though he is still in discussion as a first-team All-American.
"When you're a top player like that, you'll get frustrated when stuff doesn't go your way," Cowboys junior Le'Bryan Nash told The Oklahoman. "I get frustrated a lot of times when stuff doesn't go my way. We try to help him out, but I feel like he was getting beat up. Every time he went to the hole, he was getting some calls that weren't going his way.
Smart apologized shortly after the game ended. He did so via Twitter.
Today wasn't one of my most proudest moments I lost my composure and left my team hanging it won't happen again and I apologize to my team— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) January 26, 2014
OSU's next game is a huge one: at Oklahoma on Monday night. That rivalry game is known as bedlam, and the 16-4 Sooners are no pushover this season. Chances are Travis Ford's Pokes will need Smart at or near his best in order to pull a road W against a top-25 team.