I think it's easy to get frustrated when you lose. I'm as guilty as anyone of declaring that the sky is falling with Oklahoma State Basketball. But is it really? The Cowboys currently sit at 9-7 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play. Not overly impressive but not all bad. Let's take a look at the seven teams that have gotten the best of the Pokes on the hardwood.
The Cardinal are currently 13-3 overall with losses to #5 Syracuse, Butler and Oregon. They are currently just a half game outta first place in the Pac 12.
Virginia Tech (Twice)
The Hokies are 11-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play. They've lost to 'Cuse, Kansas State, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Florida State. We should have beat these guys in Stillwater but just didn't have the horses. They will likely finish in the middle of the pack in the ACC and that's usually good for an NCAA tourney berth.
The Panthers are 11-6 overall but they are off to a head scratching 0-4 start in conference play against the bottom half of the Big East. It won't get any easier for them but they'll have a chance at redemption when they face four top 25 teams in the next five games. I don't think a loss to Pitt is ever that bad.
The Lobos are 11-2 overall and are currently tied for first place in the Mountain West conference. They lost to their in state rival, New Mexico State, early in the season and then lost to Santa Clara in overtime. They aren't a bad team at all and will have a chance to win the league.
The tide is 13-3 overall with losses to Georgetown, Dayton and Kansas State. They are off to a 2-0 start in conference play and are beating SEC opponents by an average of 15.5 points. They shouldn't have any problem getting in the tournament.
The Longhorns aren't a great team but Barnes has never missed the tournament and I don't see that changing this year. I like our chances at home.
At this point in the season, the Cowboys have played a tough schedule, been drilled by the teams that were much better, played close and lost to the teams that were slightly better and beaten the teams that were worse.
The emergence of Brian Williams (11 ppg in Big 12 play) and Le'Bryan Nash (18 ppg in Big 12 play) along with Keiton Page, Markel Brown and Phil Jurick give Cowboy fans a reason to believe the program is headed in the right direction. At the very least, it's a direction that will be worth watching over the next couple of weeks.
These Cowboys may not be as down as we all thought.