one expected them to make the NCAA Tournament. No one believed they would be heading to Clemson as a No. 3 seed.
These are bonus games for the Cowboys, and if they approach them that way, they will be tough to beat.
It’s not impossible. Remember, a No. 4 seed in last year’s tournament, Fresno State, ended up winning the national championship.
And who could forget what Oklahoma did a year ago? After the Sooners bowed out of the Big 12 Tournament, coach Sunny Golloway said what you say at the end of the season. He talked about how proud he was of his players, how they fought all year, how they just came up short. He has contended otherwise, but with his team’s losing record in conference play, Golloway thought the season was over.
Then a couple days later, the Sooners made the NCAA field.
They didn’t apologize for it, either. They knocked off Vanderbilt twice and made it all the way to the regional finals at Arizona State.
The Cowboys could have the same type of run — or better.
This team had enough talent to be considered among the best in the league and in the country when the season began. The talent didn’t change; the confidence did.
Now, OSU has every reason to feel good again. Criticism might have come with this NCAA Tournament bid, but so might confidence.
The easy target might not be an easy out.