Rock M Nation is in Kansas City covering the Big 12 Championship:
KANSAS CITY--Will the real Oklahoma State please stand up? The Big 12's biggest enigma showed up in a big way Wednesday night, as the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys rode a scalding hot start to defeat their Bedlam rivals, the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners, 81-67.
Throughout the season, the streaky Cowboys have proven themselves to be an "any given night" cliché depending on how they shoot in that particular game. In a way, the game was a microcosm of Oklahoma State's season. In the first half, the Cowboys simply couldn't miss. Keiton Page poured in 19 points as the Cowboys shot 58 percent from the field and went 7-of-14 from 3-point range.
But then, for the first six minutes of the second half, using the phrase "regression to the mean" might have been an understatement in trying to describe the Pokes' struggles. The Cowboys were held scoreless for the first 6:44 of the second half, bringing their points per minute to look something like this: First half: 2.25 points per minute First 7 minutes of second half: 0.29 points per minute Final 13 minutes of second half: 1.80 points per minute.
Ladies and gentlemen, the 2009-10 Oklahoma St. Cowboys: Consistently entertaining, but consistently inconsistent.