Can Oklahoma State Win Big 12? Bubble Teams Hope Not

Michael David Smith

by Michael David Smith

Don't look now, but Oklahoma State, the team that went 2-8 in its last 10 regular-season games, has a pulse in the Big 12 Tournament and might just knock a bubble team out of the Big Dance. After last night's win over Texas A&M, the Cowboys aren't going down without a fight.

With an RPI of 44 you might think the Cowboys have a shot at an at-large berth, but I don't see that happening. When you close your season as badly as Oklahoma State did (and when you get through the entire year without winning a single road game, even with opportunities at Colorado, Baylor and Nebraska), you have to win your tournament.

If the Cowboys beat Texas today in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals, bubble teams will really start to sweat. They'll still need to win Sunday to get in, but that's definitely possible. Bob Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders are probably the team most likely to lose an NCAA bid if the Cowboys win the conference tournament, but every bubble team needs to keep an eye on Oklahoma State.

NOTE: The loss to Oklahoma State ensures that Texas A&M won't get a No. 1 seed.

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