LAWRENCE, Kan. Everybody wanted a piece. Could you sign this? Could we take a quick picture? It took ages to get back to the locker room; another step, another handshake, another pen. Wave after wave, autograph-seekers and well-wishers, bowing to the freshman with the killer smile. One long, last look before the kid takes his talents to South Beach and beyond.
Except here's the surreal part: It wasn't Ben McLemore. This was Marcus Smart, head to toe in Oklahoma State neon orange, taking the victory lap, riding the red carpet down Naismith Drive.
"Oh, it was crazy," Smart, the Cowboys' 6-foot-4 rock, chuckled after helping to engineer an 85-80 upset of No. 2 Kansas, the program's first win at Allen Fieldhouse since 1989. "I knew, coming into this type of environment I knew it was going to be very hostile."
They hissed. And booed. And snarled. And cursed. Smart kept beaming; kept grabbing offensive rebounds (eight in all, and a total of nine boards on the day); kept harassing a s...