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Cowboy Basketball: 2019-2020 season predictions from the CRFF Staff

Our staff looks into the crystal ball to see what’s in store for the Cowboys.

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While all of Oklahoma State fandom is still reacting to the big news of the Cowboys landing a commitment from Cade Cunningham, the top-ranked guard in the 2020 class, there is a 2019 season getting underway today!

With that in mind, it’s time to make some predictions for the season.

Phillip:

Regular season record: 19-12 (9-9)

The ceiling for this team is high, like top four in the big 12, 5-seed in the Big Dance, and run to the Sweet 16. But considering this roster is mostly made up of guys who haven’t done any of that, it’s hard to see it happening. I’ll go with the Cowboys finishing 5th in the Big 12 standings, and thanks to a couple of wins in the Big 12 tournament, earning themselves a 7-seed in the NCAA tournament. OSU’s seniors lead the team to their first tourney victory since defeating Tennessee back in 2009 (!!!), before a close second-round loss to a 2-seed like Michigan State or Maryland.

Zach:

Regular season record: 21-10 (10-8)

I think the Cowboys young talent will have time to mature behind an experienced core that builds a lot of momentum through a decent non-conference slate. The Cowboys will still play at a talent deficit at times in a loaded Big 12, but I think they’re competitive in almost all of their match-ups and they steal a few games they shouldn’t win (and maybe drop one or two they shouldn’t as well). They end up fourth or fifth in the Big 12, win a game there and get a seven or eight seed in the Big Dance (please seven, not eight). Seeding will play a big factor on whether they make it to the round of 32 or the second weekend.

Micah:

Regular season record: 21-10 (10-8)

This team has potential but there’s going to be a learning curve because of this team’s age. I think they get some wins that surprise people though and make it to at least the first weekend of the Big Dance.

Matt:

Regular season record: 22-9 (11-7)

This team has talent and depth, but it’s going to require some patience. A lot of guys on this team are young, and they will make mistakes. I think one of the most important things that this team has is a closer down the stretch. I think Lindy Waters can go shot-for-shot with anyone in the conference. Ultimately I think this team will be competitive in Big 12 play, and I have them sneaking into the tournament. However, I wouldn’t be fully surprised to see the Cowboys wind up as a top two seed in the NIT either.