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Oklahoma State a 2-seed in NIT, will host Florida Gulf Coast in first round

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The Cowboys will host Florida Gulf Coast in Gallagher-Iba Arena this week.

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While the Oklahoma State Cowboys were arguably snubbed by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, they’re not done playing basketball yet.

Though it won’t be in the Big Dance, the Cowboys will have a chance to host multiple home games in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). As a 2-seed in the tournament, they’ll face 7-seed Florida Gulf Coast in the first round. The winner of that game will face the winner of BYU/Stanford.

Florida Gulf Coast might be a familiar name for college basketball fans. The Eagles went all the way to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013 as a 15-seed. They were the first 2-seed to ever advance to the Sweet Sixteen at the time.

FGCU was the 1-seed in their conference tournament, but were bounced by Lipscomb in the championship game. They went 23-11 on the season, and should be an intriguing matchup for this tournament. Again, while it’s not the Big Dance, a chance to play a talented FGCU team, and possibly host multiple games in the NIT, is a cool opportunity for this group.

The Cowboys and Eagles will tip off at 8 P.M. on Tuesday night in Stillwater. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.