The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been one of the most impressive teams in the Big 12 Conference to this point in the college basketball season. In order for the Cowboys to unseat nine-time incumbent Kansas, they would have to overcome some adversity. Key role player Michael Cobbins sustained a season-ending Achilles injury. Cobbins did not light up the scoreboard, but was the Cowboys’ primary rim protector.
The most significant blow came on Wednesday when freshman Stevie Clark was arrested for marijuana possession. Clark has been suspended indefinitely and is rumored to be done for the rest of the season. This would been the freshman’s second strike at Stillwater after he was sent home from the Old Spice Classic after being suspended for undisclosed reasons. Clark is unbelievably talented, and a major contributor on the Cowboys bench.
The two cataclysmic blows to the Cowboys bench practically eliminated the concept of one. Oklahoma State either had to rely on unknown players or live and die by a six-man rotation. Three days after sustaining the two blows to the program, the Cowboys had to travel to the unfriendly confines of Manhattan to face the vastly improved Kansas State Wildcats.
After a poor showing in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic, the Wildcats rattled off eight straight wins. Seizing a golden opportunity, they upended their second ranked opponent in the last four games. After a narrow 74-71 loss, the Cowboys will look to rebound on Wednesday night against the Texas Longhorns. The Wildcats will look to extend their winning streak to 10 straight games Tuesday night against Texas Christian.
Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS.