ESPN analyst says Oklahoma State could be ‘sleeper squad’ in March

It’s hard to ignore Oklahoma State basketball’s handful of quality wins this season.

The Cowboys (16-12, 6-9 Big 12) are tied for seventh place in the Big 12 standings, but they picked up another résumé-building win on Wednesday over Texas Tech.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams seemed to like what he saw when watching Oklahoma State take down the sixth-ranked Red Raiders.

The former All-American Duke point guard thinks coach Mike Boynton’s group can make some noise in March, assuming they can get there.

The Cowboys obviously must make the NCAA Tournament, but they’ve proven to be more than capable of playing on big stages and could be a tough out in the Big 12 tournament.

Oklahoma State isn’t listed on ESPN’s latest Bracketology update. The issue is likely Oklahoma State’s No. 92 ranking in the RPI and 4 losses to teams ranked between No. 51-100 in the RPI — three of which came by double digits.

The Cowboys’ wins over top-50 RPI teams will help their cause, however, with the selection committee.

Oklahoma State’s wins over top-50 RPI teams

Opponent RPI rank Date Opponent Score
43 Dec. 16 Florida State 71-70
32 Jan. 20 Oklahoma 83-81
7 Feb. 3 at Kansas 84-79
27 Feb. 10 at West Virginia 88-85
17 Feb. 21 Texas Tech 79-71

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