Oklahoma State Cowboys Are the Only Team That Can Stop Kansas Jayhawks In Big 12

By Trevor Lowry
Oklahoma State Cowboys
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The Kansas Jayhawks always win the Big 12. Heck, they even won the conference last season when the team lost their two best players. Well, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are the only team that can stop Kansas in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

Last year was kind of nice considering that Kansas State at least tied the Jayhawks for a Big 12 regular season title, but then Kansas flexed its muscles in the conference tournament and showed who the best team in the conference really was.

Once again in the upcoming season, Kansas will be losing plenty of talent–all five starters. That has not stopped people from predicting it to win the Big 12 and saying that it will enter the season with a top 10 ranking. That is largely due to Andrew Wiggins joining the team.

Whether the case, the Cowboys are returning three players that averaged 14 or more points per game and four players that scored 10 or more points per game. This team has star power just like every other good team in the nation.

Marcus Smart will be relied on a lot to lead Oklahoma State to victory, but Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash are not just sidekicks because they can score the ball just as effectively as Smart. Brown did average 15.3 points per game last season, while Nash put up 14 points per game. Keep in mind that Smart averaged .1 better than Brown at 15.4–just in case if you couldn’t crunch those numbers.

Oklahoma State will pretty much have the same exact team as last season, which bodes very well for it. The Cowboys are coming off of a 24-win season and an appearance in the NCAA tournament as a No. 5 seed. They very well could enter the season as the favorites in the Big 12 and they very well could contend for a national championship.

No offense to Baylor and other Big 12 teams that could make some noise in the 2013-14 season, but it is up to Oklahoma State to beat out Kansas for the conference title.

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