Even after Saturday’s blowout win over No. 6 Kansas, national Bracketology experts think Oklahoma State still has work to do to crack the field of 68.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi gives the Cowboys a better outlook than most, as he has them in the “First Four Out” group. Even without a win over Oklahoma, if something breaks the right way, they could find themselves on the high side.
Nope. Beat Kansas again and get back to me. https://t.co/Qc8oCWY0sQ— Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) March 4, 2018
Not relying on RPI, but OSU's NC SOS is dreadful. They're 9-13 vs top three quads. No one win fixes that. https://t.co/Fcdp0DNRhP— Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) February 28, 2018
These predictions are pretty confusing, in my opinion. Especially when you factor in this prediction from Andy Katz:
In an article posted after the win over Kansas, he wrote, “The Cowboys could be hard to keep out of the field after that [win].”
In my opinion, Oklahoma State probably needs a win over Oklahoma this weekend to feel good, but I do think what they’ve done should already be enough. They have the most Top 25 wins in the country (which isn’t a metric, but should be valued), and have five Quadrant 1 wins.
The lone metric holding them back is their RPI, an undoubtedly antiquated metric. They rank in the mid 50’s-mid 60’s in every other metric, but rank 88 in RPI. It will be interesting to see how the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee factors that in.
If you want to have a little fun, check out some of these blind resume’s put together by the Tulsa World’s Mark Cooper.
How about some blind resumes?— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) March 4, 2018
Since a couple of you asked, wiped the team names off all of the bubble schools. Eighteen teams, nine spots up for grabs. Try to pick your nine, then click the link to see which letter is whom. #okstate https://t.co/lOV3VBTyAn pic.twitter.com/uBm7u5ytd4