5 Predictions for Oklahoma State Basketball in Big 12 Tournament
Predictions for Oklahoma State Basketball in Big 12 Tournament
The Oklahoma State Cowboys entered the season by being ranked in the top 10. They were supposed to challenge the Kansas Jayhawks for a Big 12 title, but that clearly did not happen. Kansas has a conference record of 14-3 and Oklahoma State has a conference record of 8-9. Regardless, fans can expect big things out of the Cowboys in the Big 12 tournament. With that said, we will be looking at five predictions for them in their conference tournament.
Oklahoma State has had a season. That is about all I can say about that matter. The team was great in non-conference play, but did not meet expectations whatsoever in the Big 12. Unless if you think losing seven games in a row at one point is meeting expectations.
Marcus Smart’s suspension was a low for this team, but he is back and Oklahoma State has been on a role since his return.
The Cowboys have the talent to win a national championship, but they scared fans there for awhile. There was a time in the season when they looked like they would miss out on the NCAA tournament.
Well, OK State is now one a four-game win steak and has beaten Kansas and Kansas State in back-to-back games. It will close out the season by playing Iowa State on the road. That game should have the Cowboys more than ready for the Big 12 tourney.
If they can come away with a victory, they will be back in the national spotlight and could be one of the favorites going into the Big 12 tourney. That is saying a lot since the team has a conference record of 8-9 -- six games out of first place.
With March finally here -- best month of college hoops -- let’s take a look at five predictions for the Cowboys in the Big 12 tournament.
Phil Forte Scores the Most Points
Phil Forte is averaging 13.2 points per game which is good enough for fourth best on the team. However, the lethal three-point shooter is going to go off in the Big 12 tournament.
He is currently shooting 45.4 percent from behind the arc and you better believe he will keep that great shooting percentage up.
This one may be a little bold, but look for Forte to score the most points on OK State. He has scored 20 or more points per game in four out of his last five contests. The one game that he did not reach 20 he only managed to score two points. We will pretend like that did not happen.
Marcus Smart Wins Tournament MVP
Even though I am predicting Forte to lead the team in scoring, Marcus Smart will still win the MVP.
Smart may lead the team in scoring at 17.6 points per game, but he does so much more than just score the basketball. He is also averaging 5.7 rebounds per game, 4.7 assists per game and 2.6 steals per game.
Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash Will Open Eyes
Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash are going to open up eyes in the Big 12 tourney. Smart gets a lot of credit, but these two players are very, very talented.
Nash is averaging 14.4 points per game and Brown is putting up 16.9 points per game. Smart gets most of the buzz -- as he should -- but people are going to realize he is not the only good player on the team. If they haven’t already noticed.
Oklahoma State Leads Tournament in Scoring
The Cowboys are averaging 80.7 points per game. That is the third most in the Big 12. However, people can expect them to lead the tournament in scoring.
Four players on Oklahoma State are averaging 13 or more points per game. If Forte is actually going to lead the team in scoring, you better believe that this team is going to put up more points per game than its season average.
Cowboys Win the Conference Tourney
This is not going to be easy. The Big 12 is one of the best conferences in all of college hoops and Kansas still has a three-game lead in the conference standings. That just tells you how good the Jayhawks are this season.
However, Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State are on a mission and will end up winning the conference tournament.
The Big 12 could get seven teams into the 2014 NCAA tournament, so if the Cowboys do come away with the title, they will have earned it.