Wednesday night was a HUGE night for Oklahoma State basketball in the state of Texas. Not only did the men keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive by beating Tech, but the women appeared to come back from the dead — or at least back from a coma of sorts.
The OSU women’s 58-52 win over No. 12 Texas improves the Cowgirls’ record to 15-9, 4-7. I realize that doesn’t sound great, but in the Big 12 and with the schedule that the Cowgirls have remaining (highly winnable games include Tech, Kansas and Nebraska at home), it means OSU still has a shot to get to the magic number of seven wins in conference.
This is big, big news for a lot of reasons. The biggest might be that Andrea Riley needs to get her suspension over with this March. The junior will be suspended for OSU’s next NCAA Tournament game for slapping an LSU player during last year’s Sweet 16. If the Cowgirls don’t make the Tournament, she will have to sit out the first game of the NCAA Tournament her senior year (the NIT doesn’t count, so if OSU makes the NIT this year she will be able to play but still have to sit out next year). It would be awfully unfortunate for the best women’s player in school history to have to sit out of that game her senior year.
In Lubbock the men’s team did something kind of similar by beating Tech — gave seniors Terrel Harris and Byron Eaton hope that they will play in an NCAA Tournament game their senior years.
Many prognostications (including Joe Lunardi on ESPN) have the Big 12 getting just four teams in the Tournament. Right now the Cowboys are sitting in seventh place, but the three teams above them all have just one more conference win. If OSU can win its remaining games at home (Baylor, K-State and Texas) and win at bottom-dwelling Colorado, their chances look pretty decent at this point.
by andrea cohen