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What kind of sports fan are you?
Oklahoma State sophomore standout Marcus Smart has learned he will sit three games for shoving Texas Tech superfan Jeff Orr for what he thought was a racial slur, but turned out to be the more pedestrian but still ugly ''you're a piece of crap.'' We asked you earlier about the punishment Smart is facing and how much it will hurt his future. Now we want to turn the tables, SportsNation, and find out how you view yourself and whether you've done anything that could have resulted in a player getting physical.
Smart suspended three games
Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan after the two exchanged words late in Saturday night's game, and on Sunday the star guard was suspended three games for his actions. It's unclear what the fan said to Smart; the player claimed it was a racial slur, while the fan, Jeff Orr, denies that (Smart later apologized and took "full responsibility" for his actions). All of this came on the same night an Oregon coach says he was spit on by an Arizona State fan Saturday. Was Smart's punishment fair? Do fans take things too far?
Is Marcus Smart a future star?
Tuesday night was supposed to be all about the big names: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle were playing on the same night for the second of five times this season. Marcus Smart, however, had other ideas in a 101-80 victory over Memphis. The Oklahoma State sophomore scored 39 points in the game, shot 11-of-21 from the floor, and hit five three-pointers. Smart's talents impressed Kevin Durant, who attended the game on a night off from putting up similar numbers for the Thunder. Durant thinks Smart could play in the NBA right now, which is high praise from one of the NBA's finest scorers.
2013-14 college basketball forecast
We asked the college basketball experts at ESPN.com to predict this season's Final Four, and a few patterns emerged. Teams with highly regarded freshmen, such as Kentucky, Kansas and Duke, are widely favored to dance all the way to Texas. But so is Oklahoma State, led by unanimous preseason first-team All-American Marcus Smart. And Michigan State, Arizona and Louisville are all seen as teams with enough talent to contend. Which expert do you think will get it right?