Can the Oklahoma State Cowboys Earn A No. 2 Seed in the NCAA Tournament?

By Trevor Lowry
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been a surprise team in college basketball all season long, but can they earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament?

Well, why not? The Cowboys finished the regular season with a 23-7 record and are currently ranked as high as No. 14. Not to mention, they just got done beating the Kansas State Wildcats and finished one game back in the Big 12 standings.

Oklahoma State has a pretty good resume to back up a No. 2 seed, beating Tennessee, North Carolina State, Kansas, Baylor and Kansas State on the season. That sums up to three top 10 teams at the time, which is good no matter who you are.

However, the loss to Virginia Tech does not look good on paper, so the Cowboys will have to do work in the Big 12 tournament to earn their No. 2 seed. It will not be easy, though, and even if they do win the Big 12 title, there is no guarantee that they will get a No. 2 seed. Oklahoma State is currently a No. 4 seed in ESPN Joe Lunardi’s bracketology.

Assuming the tournament does not have any major upsets, the Cowboys will open up the Big 12 tourney against the Baylor Bears and will procede that game by playing Kansas State. They would then play none other than Kansas in the championship game. Beating those three teams in back to back to back days would be a tough feat for any team, which is why Oklahoma State would be deserving of a No. 2 seed in the dance if they are able to pull that off.

However, there have been plenty of if statements in this article and Oklahoma State could also use some help with major upsets in other conferences.


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