Last week always looked like a big sports week at Oklahoma State.
And it proved to be that – and more, with statement routs of ranked opponents by the Cowboys’ basketball and football teams.
The aftermath looks big, too, with the two teams ranked together in the top 10.
OSU moved up to No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, surging behind its 101-80 pounding of Memphis that moved the Cowboys to 4-0. This is OSU’s highest ranking in basketball since the 2004-05 season. The football team is No. 7.
“Big game for us,” said sophomore guard Marcus Smart, who struck for a career-high 39 points against the Tigers.
The Cowboys, who rose from No. 7, received one first-place vote in this week’s poll, one of just three teams with a No. 1 nod, along with top-ranked Michigan State and second-ranked Kansas.
Kentucky and Arizona fit the Nos. 3 and 4 slots in the poll, with Duke, Ohio State, Syracuse, Louisville and Wisconsin rounding out the top 10.
The two OSUs – Cowboys and Buckeyes – are the only schools with their basketball and football programs in the top 10. In addition, the Cowgirls are at No. 19 in the women’s rankings.
For a deeper analytical ranking, Ken Pomeroy has the Cowboys No. 1 in his popular ratings index.
It’s early, with the schedule just now ratcheting up and the Big 12 schedule still more than a month away. So OSU coach Travis Ford resists feeling too good – yet.
“We need to be very humble,” Ford said, “not thinking that we’ve done anything and are too good to practice. Humility is the key word for our team. We just need to go out there and be humble and get better each and every day.
“We need to look at each game as a challenge and opportunity to get better, because it’s a long season.”