The Cowboys kept firing daggers at Kansas on Saturday. Maintaining a double-digit lead for much of a nearly 30-minute stretch into the game’s final minutes, OSU made 32-of-53 shots from the floor and 10-of-19 from the 3-point arc, or 60.4 and 52.6 percent. Smokin’. "That’s our team,” said Cowboys senior Obi Muonelo. It’s this team now. Finally. And just in time to recast themselves going forward. Once an NCAA Tournament bubble team just seeking bracket inclusion, the Cowboys now look confident and hungry, while baring teeth. The key is staying hot. "They’re like a lot of teams,” KU coach Bill Self said Saturday, "they need to make shots. But when they’re making shots, they can beat anybody at any time. "They made shots today, wow.” And they’ve been making shots lately, which is why the Cowboys have won five of six in a surge to the regular season finish. During that stretch, they’ve shot 49.3 percent and averaged 11.2 3-pointers while making 45.2 percent from long distance. Back in mid-January, after losing at Baylor, OSU ranked last in the Big 12 in overall field goal and 3-point percentage. For a team with proven snipers in Muonelo, James Anderson and Keiton Page, the struggles were perplexing. "I was just dumbfounded by it,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. "I couldn’t figure it out. "I thought we’d have the best shooting team in the league. I thought that would be our No. 1 strength as a team, shooting the ball.” Through their shooting struggles, the Cowboys found ways to win. And it made them tougher and more versatile. Now that the snipers have regained their sights, there’s more to like about the Pokes and their chances. Matt Pilgrim gets better with every minute now that he’s shaken the rust from a year off. Fred Gulley also seems to be benefiting from increased playing time at the point, covering for the injured Ray Penn. Marshall Moses showed signs of breaking out of his funk against the Jayhawks. Then there’s the Big Three: Muonelo, Page and Anderson, who gives OSU the best player on the floor almost every night out. "It probably sounds trite,” Self said, "whenever you get your butt kicked like we did, you always look at the other team and say how good they are, that kind of stuff. I will say this, and I mean this totally and honestly, I don’t see a lot of teams beating them if Page and Muonelo and Anderson are that good. I really don’t.” That’s this team lately. And if it continues, it’ll be a teeth-bearing team to fear in March.