By John Helsley
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The Cowboys aren’t getting any help in their hopes – dreams? – of becoming an NCAA Tournament team.
Kansas State, bouncing along the bubble with OSU, figured to absorb a blow Monday night against newly-minted No. 1 Kansas. Except the Jayhawks didn’t last the day enjoying their place atop the national rankings, falling to the Wildcats in Manhattan.
This is the same K-State team that pulled out a win in the final seconds at Iowa State, putting an interesting spin on their 5-6 league mark.
Colorado remained in race – and ahead of the Cowboys – with a weekend win over K-State. And A&M strengthened its position with a wild week, outlasting the Buffs in overtime, then winning a close one at Texas Tech. Both were three-point wins.
A little help, somebody?
Time for the Cowboys to help themselves.
The Big 12 standings, a jumbled mess in the middle entering last weekend, are starting to sort out around OSU.
The Cowboys, headed for No. 3 Texas on Wednesday, now reside in an eighth-place tie with Nebraska, which beat the Pokes Saturday.
Speculation suggests six Big 12 teams will get bids. And fewer and fewer bracketologists are giving the Cowboys much of a chance.
“I know what time it is in the season and what we need to do to make it to the postseason,” said OSU sophomore Jéan-Paul Olukemi.
Now, of course, it’s about doing it.
For Wednesday’s paper, I take a deeper look inside the Cowboys’ road struggles.
You can’t help but get the feeling they’re going to regret blowing a double-digit lead at Colorado, or failing to win at Texas Tech or Nebraska.
Already, Olukemi said, the weight of the road is wearing on the Cowboys.
“I feel that actual weight coming down,” Olukemi said. “The season is winding down and there’s an extra weight that we haven’t gotten a road win at all in the Big 12 Conference. It’s sitting on everybody’s mind just how critical it is to win on the road. I know everybody’s wondering why and what are we doing wrong.
“All we can do is get ready for the next game.”
And help themselves.