The Oklahoma State Cowboys come into the Big 12 Conference tournament on Thursday looking to improve their seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Cowboys will face the Baylor Bears in their first game and if I was Oklahoma State, I would make sure that I don’t sleep on the Bears.
Baylor may be 18-13, but has beaten Oklahoma State once this season, and took them to overtime in the other meeting before the Cowboys pulled out a two-point win.
Oklahoma State is safely into the tournament but if the Cowboys want to improve their seed, they can’t afford to slip up in this game. Baylor is just 4-5 since their loss to Oklahoma State on Feb. 6, but pounded the Kansas Jayhawks in the final game of the regular season.
That must be a concern for the Cowboys coming into this game. This game will come down to two players on Oklahoma State stepping up in Markel Brown and Marcus Smart. Brown and Smart are averaging over 15 points a game, while their teammate Le’Bryan Nash isn’t far behind.
Oklahoma State is 23-7 on the season, and is likely headed for a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament unless they win twice in the Big 12 Tournament. The Cowboys must get past Baylor first though, which is going to be easier said than done.
This is not the time for the Cowboys to have a down game, or that seed for the postseason may only drop.