Marcus Smart is the most talented player on the floor nearly every time he checks in at the scorer's table.

He's an All-American and a one of a handful of guys with a case as college basketball's biggest talent.

He's also on the fast track to being Public Enemy No. 1 in the Big 12, and it has nothing to do with that talent.

It has everything to do with his maddening habit of flopping. On Saturday in an 80-78 road loss to Kansas, he provided more ammunition.

Maybe he was just grossed out by the taste of the sweat on Wayne Selden's elbow, but after it barely grazed his mouth, Smart jerked his head back and covered his lips, drawing an offensive foul on Selden. I just wish he'd had a blood capsule to bite down on. You know, really sell the foul.

Smart's not breaking any laws. Until he becomes a top 10 pick in the NBA Draft, he's not going to face any fines. The Big 12's not going to suspend him as long as his flops remain within the realm of "questionable," which they do. He's not faking injuries or falling to the ground with no one in his vicinity.

"We don't condone flopping or anything like that, but the Big 12 is a physical basketball league and we have big guards and sometimes people think it looks like flopping," Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said Monday. "That's everybody's opinion. Everybody's got one, but it's not something we practice or condone."

Thing is, the "Smart is flopping" idea is based a lot more in fact than in opinion.

As the microscope on Smart's game has intensified during a hyped sophomore season, so has his reputation as one of college basketball's worst offenders. ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla called Smart out on his habit after a flop late in a win over Colorado.