Conference: Big 12 Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Oklahoma State Cowboys ended the season a mere one game back for the Big 12 Conference regular season championship. After coming off a disappointing 2011-12 season in which they didn’t make a postseason appearance, the Cowboys were able to bounce back in big ways in 2012-13 under Travis Ford‘s leadership.
Oklahoma State is going to be returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign — an appearance that ultimately resulted in a first round exit.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Markel Brown (15.6 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Michael Cobbins (6.2 rpg)
Leading Passer: Marcus Smart (4.3 apg)
Bad Losses: Virginia Tech
Good Wins: Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State
The Cowboys boast one of the best back courts in the entire country. Whether it has been the ever improving play of Markel Brown and his ability to score or super-frosh Marcus Smart becoming one of the best players in the nation, OK State has been able to get by with tremendous guard play all year long.
Funny thing about guard play, it usually results in NCAA Tournament success. Considering there might not be a better tandem of guards than Brown and Smart, I wouldn’t be afraid to mark them going as far as the Sweet Sixteen in your tourney brackets. Their only big question heading into to the dance is if they can find any scoring outside of those two if they were to go cold. The answer is likely a no, especially if it were to happen in back-to-back games.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are dancing!