Location: Stillwater, OK
Conference: Big 12
Coach: Travis Ford
Record: 18-13 (8-10 Big 12)
Kenpom ranking: 37
Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Kansas (11), Baylor (15, twice), Texas (19, twice),
Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): Texas Tech (156),
Tournament appearances: 27
Best result: Champions (1945, 1946)
NBA alumni: John Starks, Tony Allen, Marcus Smart, Bryant Reeves
Best name: Ford Stuen
Famous alumni: T. Boone Pickens, Garth Brooks, James Marsden
The Cowboys have a troubling resume: There are some real quality performances, like a win against Kansas and a season sweep against Baylor, so the quality to beat top teams there. But the team crashed horrifically down the stretch, losing six of seven, including games against TCU and Texas Tech. An early season blowout at the hands of South Carolina, a bad SEC team, is especially disconcerting.
Style of play
The Cowboys get a lot on defense through athleticism -- they're in the top 25 in steal rate and block rate on defense.Le'Bryan Nash's beastly offense makes up for an enormous part of Oklahoma State's offensive gameplan, even though he isn't particularly efficient.
Key player: High Flyin' Le'Bryan
For our money, this is the dunk of the college basketball season. Le'Bryan Nash is a 6'7 wrecking ball capable of embarrassing anybody who gets in his way. Now a senior, the former five-star recruit is a spectacular athlete who does have some non-dunking skills -- drawing fouls, blocking shots, powering through people inside -- but honestly, dunks are better.
The strangest pipeline
Oklahoma State lost a pair of players to the pros last year, but in very different ways: Marcus Smart was the No. 6 pick in the NBA Draft, and Mason Cox was the subject of a bidding war amongst Australian Rules Football teams. The 6'10 Cox was a benchwarmer for the Cowboys, but a scout suggested Cox try out for Aussie Rules, where height and leaping ability are valued. He starred at a combine and earned a contract with Collingwood, Australia's most popular team.