Oklahoma State

Cowboys

Season Record18-7

Player to WatchCade Cunningham

Key PlayersBryce Williams, Avery Anderson III, Rondel Walker, Cade Cunningham, Kalib Boone,

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Intro

The Cowboys jumped out to a 6-0 start on the season, but stumbled against TCU and Texas to open Big 12 conference play. A big win over Texas Tech righted the ship, and Oklahoma State would go on to sweep the Red Raiders and rival Oklahoma. Oklahoma State’s win over Arkansas in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge gave the Cowboys a strong out of conference win over a top-15 KenPom team, and they are now in contention for a top-4 seed. The Cowboys have been the kings of the close games, winning three games in overtime and one in double overtime, but four of their losses have come by a combined 10 points.

Player to Watch

When you think of superstar freshmen in the league this year, Cade Cunningham is one of the first — if not THE first — player you think of. Cunningham is going to top-5 in this year’s NBA draft, and watching him take over a game is a sight to behold. He’s a bonafide superstar, but also plays an extremely unselfish game. He knows exactly when to let a teammate handle things and when to do it himself. His basketball IQ is off the charts, he has strong block and steal numbers in conference play, and he can score points in droves. Cunningham is must-see basketball, and the NCAA tournament needs players like him.

Case for Team

This Oklahoma State team has worked hard to get to where they are, and it’s clear that they aren’t just the Cade Cunningham show. This team plays with high energy and are the type of team that can get themselves a win any night. They play fast and have been tested night-in-and-night-out in the best conference in the country. While Cunningham is a good team player, he’s also the kind of player that can absolutely take over a game and will his team to victory.

Case Against Team

Oklahoma State seems to have a penchant for close games this season, which could spell disaster in a single-elimination tournament. Cade Cunningham is undeniably the star of the show, so if he’s off or hits a lockdown defense, they could run into problems. There’s also the chance that the NCAA rules the Cowboys ineligible for the NCAA tournament. Oklahoma State received a postseason ban for 2021 due to former assistant Lamont Evans accepting bribes, but the Cowboys are currently eligible after appealing the decision. If they don’t receive an answer before the tournament they can play, but there’s still a chance we may not see them in Indy.