Sure, Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash all scored 14 or more points per game last season, but this team is lacking in the rebounding department. With that said, all three players did average four or more rebounds per game.
Leading rebounder Michael Cobbins will be back, but he did only average 6.1 boards per game.
As a team, Oklahoma State only averaged 36.4 rebounds per game, which was good enough for 95th in the nation. That does not exactly jump off of the page, especially for a team that is expected to compete for a national championship.
The Cowboys will have one of the best backourts in the country, but it needs some big boys getting big rebounds. It doesn’t matter where the rebounds come from, Oklahoma State has to get better on the boards. Not getting better in that department will hurt this team when it plays teams such as the Kansas Jayhawks.
Sure, there are multiple things that the Cowboys will have to work on, but if they get better at rebounding, they should have no problem winning the Big 12. No disrespect to Kansas, but they will have unproven–but talented–players taking the court in the 2013-14 season.
Whether the case, Oklahoma State is in a good position to compete for a title and will be one of the most exciting teams to watch all season long.
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