The Oklahoma State men's basketball team, led by Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash has been picked as the 12th best team in the nation in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll.
Here's what USA Today had to say about the Cowboys:
12. Oklahoma State (24-9)
Points: 462. Previous ranking: not ranked. Outlook: Marcus Smart would have been a sure-fire lottery pick had he declared for the NBA draft. But he didn't, and it is college basketball's gain. His return makes Oklahoma State a real threat to end Kansas' nine-year streak of Big 12 titles. Smart won't (and won't have to) do it alone. F Le'Bryan Nash and wing Markel Brown returned, too; they and Smart combined to score 45 points a game last season. Opens: Nov. 8 vs. Mississippi Valley State.
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