After Saturday’s round of Big 12 games, we knew Oklahoma State would finish no worse than fifth in the conference standings. The Cowboys will finish with at least a .500 record, while the two next closest teams, Kansas State and TCU, can finish no better than 8-10.
Now we know OSU will play in the 4 vs 5 game in the conference tournament.
The Cowboys are now officially locked into the 4 vs 5 game at next week's #Big12MBB Championship. #okstate pic.twitter.com/dF5ZtjFunW— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) February 28, 2017
Even if they end up with the fifth seed, it will be OSU’s highest seeding in the conference tournament since it was the three seed in 2013.
OSU is currently in 5th, so why can’t it finish higher than 4th? Here’s a look at the current conference standings.
There’s no way OSU finishes first (obviously). It also can’t jump Baylor because the Bears swept OSU in the regular season. That just leaves West Virginia and Iowa State. The Pokes would need to win out and have both Iowa State and West Virginia lose out for all three to have the same record.
The problem is, Iowa State and West Virginia play each other on Saturday, meaning one has to win. Even if OSU wins out, it would only be able to jump the loser of the Iowa State vs West Virginia game.
So the big question now is, who will Oklahoma State face? Baylor, Iowa State, and West Virginia are all in play thanks to Baylor’s win over the Mountaineers last night.
With Baylor’s final regular season game coming Saturday in Austin against Texas, I’m going to put my money on the Cowboys facing WVU or ISU in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.
Who do you want to see the Pokes play in the first round? Share your thoughts in the comments section.