2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Oklahoma State Cowboys

By Trevor Lowry
Oklahoma State basketball
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 21-12

RPI: 44

BPI: 19

Conference: Big 12 Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 9 seed in the West


The Oklahoma State Cowboys played in a very tough Big 12 Conference this year. This should have them more than ready for the NCAA tournament. Did they win the conference title? No, but that is okay.

The Cowboys still have players like Marcus Smart, Phil Forte, Le’Bryan Nash and Markel Brown. All four of those players are capable of taking over a game. Whether if it is Forte knocking down the three or Nash dominating in the post, this team can score in a variety of ways.

How do you guard everyone is going to be a question on every opponent’s mind when thinking about Oklahoma State.


What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Marcus Smart (17.8 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Kamari Murphy (6.2 rpg)

Leading Passer: Marcus Smart (4.7 ppg)

Bad Losses: Texas Tech  

Good Wins: Memphis, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Kansas State


Marcus Smart is one of the most talented players in the tournament and there are times where he isn’t even the best player on the court for his team. If that makes sense. Basically, this team has a lot of weapons and any of those weapons can go off.

Three players on Oklahoma State are averaging more than 14 points per game and four are averaging 13+.

Although Smart will draw a lot of attention, Forte will go off if he is left open. It is that simple. As you can tell, I can’t get over this team’s offense and there is good reasoning behind that –16th highest scoring team in college hoops.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are dancing!


Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

You May Also Like