KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oklahoma State hasn't exactly gotten a lot of help from the rest of the women's college basketball world in recent days when it comes to the Cowgirls' NCAA Tournament hopes.
First, Texas A&M and Oklahoma lost to Texas and Kansas, respectively, on Sunday.
Had the Aggies and Sooners won those games, OSU would have finished the regular season alone in sixth place in the Big 12 standings and earned a first-round bye in this week's conference tournament. Instead, OSU, UT and KU all finished with identical 8-10 conference records, and the seventh-seeded Cowgirls will play No. 10 seed Missouri for the second time in five days in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
Then, BYU upset No. 23 Gonzaga and Dayton beat No. 16 St. Bonaventure Monday night in their respective conference tournaments, essentially taking away an at-large bid from a power conference team. OSU (16-11, 8-10 Big 12) is one of the “first four out” of the field of 64 in ESPN's latest Bracketology, while UT and Iowa State are two of the “last four in.”
Last week, OSU coach Jim Littell believed those eight conference wins would have been enough to get the Cowgirls in the tournament. Now, he's not so sure.
“I believe if some games would have gone differently, it would have given us a better outlook on things,” Littell said. “I told our players (Monday) that we're not going to try to crawl in that war room or in the minds of the (selection) committee.
“We're only going to try to control what we can do, and that's go win basketball games and play to the best of our ability. Then we'll see what happens on Selection Monday.”
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Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.
Radio: KGFY-FM 105.5
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