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Oklahoma State basketball: Digger Phelps picks Cowboys to make National Championship game

by Erik Horne Published: March 17, 2014

Oklahoma State's Phil Forte (13), Markel Brown (22), and Marcus Smart (33) sit on the bench in the final minutes of their Big 12 tournament college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Oklahoma State won 80-62. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Phil Forte (13), Markel Brown (22), and Marcus Smart (33) sit on the bench in the final minutes of their Big 12 tournament college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Oklahoma State won 80-62. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma State is a nine-seed with the backing of an ESPN analyst.

ESPN’s Digger Phelps picked the Cowboys to make not just the Final Four, but the national championship game. He was the only one of the four ESPN analysts, in fact, to pick the Cowboys to even get to the regional final in the West.

“In the West, Oklahoma State to me is a team that can come out of there,” Phelps said. “They’ll take (care of) business against (No. 2 seed) Wisconsin.

“Why? Marcus Smart and Company have regrouped, they’ve got great talent and they know how to get it done.”

Phelps then has the Cowboys’ three guard offense of “Smart, Forte and Brown” knocking off Duke in the Final Four, setting up at matchup against Michigan State in the national championship game.

All four ESPN analysts polled picked Michigan State to win in the title game.

Jay Bilas
Final Four: Kansas, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Louisville
National Championship: Michigan State vs. Louisville
Champion: Michigan State

Phelps
Final Four: Florida, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Duke
National Championship: Michigan State vs. Oklahoma State
Champion: Michigan State

Jay Williams
Final Four: Florida, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Louisville
National Championship: Michigan State vs. Louisville
Champion: Michigan State

Dick Vitale
Final Four: Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville
National Championship: Michigan State vs. Louisville
Champion: Michigan State


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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