Depending on whom you ask, the Oklahoma State Cowboys may or may not have done enough to sneak into the 68-team NCAA Tournament
After slumping to 15-12 (5-9), the Cowboys closed the regular season in notable fashion. After stealing a home win over then-No.
6 Texas Tech, Oklahoma State fell on the road against an also-desperate Texas team in the final seconds, but then proceeded
to notch wins over Iowa State, then-No. 6 Kansas to close the regular season, and Oklahoma to open the Big 12 Tournament.
Although the overall body of work and strength of schedule is questionable, Oklahoma State sits at 19-14 and boasts six ranked
wins, including a seasons sweep over Kansas, and wins over No. 19 Florida State, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 19 West Virginia, and
No. 6 Texas Tech.
The selection committee must now decide whether or not Oklahoma State’s last surge and notable wins is worth a NCAA Tournament
detailed by Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports, it probably won’t be, as the outlet projects Oklahoma State to find itself on the First Four Out.
“Oklahoma State’s NCAA tournament hopes rest on the quality of their wins, Eisenberg said. “The Cowboys have a better collection
of marquee wins than most other bubble teams. They’ve beaten Kansas twice, split with Texas Tech and West Virginia, swept
Oklahoma and taken games from Texas and Florida State. That’s eight victories against potential NCAA tournament teams.”
“What could keep Oklahoma State out is its 14 losses, its dreadful non-conference strength of schedule and its bloated RPI,’
Eisenberg said. The committee often says that it doesn’t make decisions based purely on RPI rankings, but no team has ever
made the field with an RPI in the 80s. Which way will the committee lean? It will be close. The Cowboys will probably be among
the last teams in or first out.”
Per Yahoo! Sports, Oklahoma State has an RPI of 87 and a sub-par 5-12 record against Quadrant 1 competition. When aiming to
make that case that Oklahoma State is one of the 68 teams worthy of a spot to compete for the National Championship, those
numbers certainly don’t help.
However, with Oklahoma State’s recent surge and its collection of ranked wins, the Pokes have proven that they can beat some
of the top teams in the nation. The issue at hand is, they didn’t beat enough of the teams they should have beaten, and that
may cost them a trip to the Big Dance.
For better or worse, Oklahoma State will discover that fate on Sunday evening. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will take place at 6:00 p.m. ET and be televised on TBS. The post
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