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Can Cowboy Basketball Overachieve in 2016-2017?

CBS college basketball insider Jon Rothstein thinks so...

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This morning, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports released his five teams he thought could overachieve this year in college basketball.

He named the Oklahoma State Cowboys, now with new leader Brad Underwood, as one of his five. When referring to our ‘Boys, Rothstein said,

There’s not many first-year head coaches that are in a better spot than Brad Underwood. Guards win in college basketball and the Cowboys have arguably the best back court in the Big 12 aside from Kansas with Jawun Evans and Phil Forte. That duo only combined to play 25 games last season due to injury which resulted in a 12-20 record and a false notion of how talented this team is heading into this season. Evans could be be the best NBA prospect in the Big 12 not named Josh Jackson and he, Forte, and veteran forward Leyton Hammonds give Underwood a strong core of veterans. If Underwood can get mileage out of guys like Mitchell Solomon, Jeffery Carroll, and Tavarius Shine as well as freshman Cameron McGriff then the Cowboys could be an awfully tough out this season.

Underwood also appears to be excited about the 2016-2017 season, which you can read and judge for yourself in the highlights from his press conference. The video I cannot get enough of is how he runs practice. The fire and determination he has in practice is exactly what this team needs, and I cannot wait to see Coach Underwood and crew come season tip-off time.

The other four teams Rothstein said to be on the lookout for are:

  1. SMU
  2. Colorado
  3. Georgetown
  4. Ohio State

The road to the Big Dance - and proving they are better than 47th in the nation - begins November 11, when the Campbell Camels come to Gallagher Iba Arena for a 7 p.m. tip off.