Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State has been raking in the baseball honors. They clinched their first Big 12 baseball title last week. Now, they open tournament play with a shot at sweeping the titles.
Kevin Pangos scored 26 points and Gary Bell Jr. added 17 for eighth-seeded Gonzaga, which beat Marcus Smart and the ninth-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys 85-77 in the West region of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
Rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could meet in the Sweet 16.
Marcus Smart left one last impression on Texas Tech, and in doing so made sure that Oklahoma State would get its high-profile showdown with Kansas in the Big 12 tournament.
Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart has been named first-team All-Big 12 in voting by the conference coaches.
Marcus Smart and Phil Forte combined for 31 points in the second half to help Oklahoma State pull away for a 77-61 win over Kansas State on Monday night.
Marcus Smart scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, and Oklahoma State pulled away from TCU for a 76-54 victory on Monday night in Fort Worth.
Tiffany Bias went the length of the court for the game-winning basket with 1.5 seconds left on Sunday as No. 12 Oklahoma State narrowly avoided an upset with a 63-62 win over Texas Tech.
Cory Jefferson scored 25 points and the Bears overcame a buzzer-beater that forced overtime Monday night, handing the Cowboys their seventh straight loss 70-64.
Oklahoma State came to Texas on a four-game losing streak made worse by the suspension of star guard Marcus Smart. The No. 19 Longhorns were in no mood to show them any mercy.
Marcus Smart lost his cool, crossed a boundary, and let his negative emotions (and maybe a pair of imaginative rabbit ears) drive him.
A pair of unlikely players helped Iowa State win one of the most thrilling games of the college basketball season.