Friday, January 10, 2014

OSU's Michael Cobbins Done For Year

Oklahoma State starting center Michael Cobbins had surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon last Thursday and is expected to be out the rest of the year. 
Cobbins was hurt in the No. 6 Cowboys' 96-92 win against Robert Morris last Monday night. He limped off the court just three minutes into the game and did not return. 
"Our thoughts are with Michael, and we pray for a successful recovery," coach Travis Ford said in a statement. "We know Michael will work extremely hard and be back next season, better than ever!"
Teammate Markel Brown commiserated, tweeting, "I hate it had to be him."
Cobbins is the key to the Cowboys' low-post defense, leading the team with 19 blocks, and averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds.
"Nobody is going to sit around and feel sorry for us," said Ford. "We can all be sad for Michael, and we should be, hold our head down for him. But don't need to hold our head down for the team.
"Everybody's going to have to step it up. And we've got some options. We've got some guys who can do some things. It may not be a big guy, but it may be somebody else to do something. And that's the way we'll approach it if that's the case."
Kamari Murphy may move to the starting lineup to replace Cobbins as the Cowboys begin Big 12 play.
"We've switched up lineups in practice, so we're kind of used to playing with different guys," guard Phil Forte told The Oklahoman. "It's not too much of a difference. We have a lot of versatile players, too.

"With Mike going down now, I think that's going to be key for us."
Reference: ESPN.
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