The Oklahoma State basketball team opens as one point favorites against the no. 23 Iowa State Cyclones for tomorrow’s game.
The Oklahoma State basketball team takes on the no. 23 ranked Iowa State Cyclones tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. CT in Kansas City, MO, in their first game in the Big 12 Tournament. The Clones defeated the Cowboys at Hilton Coliseum just last week by a score of 86-83. Moreover, the Clones also swept the regular season series with the Pokes.
Yet, this game takes place at a neutral site, and there’s a good chance that OK State has more fans at the Sprint Center than ISU. That’s a much different environment than the Cowboys played in just over a week ago when they lost by three points in Ames.
OK State enters tomorrow’s matchup with the Clones as one point favorites. That line is sure to change, whether that be to favor the Clones or the Cowboys. But, the fact that the Cowboys still opened as favorites is somewhat surprising.
The Cowboys could use a victory to add to their resume for Selection Sunday in order to earn a six seed in the NCAA Tournament. A loss to the Clones likely ensures a spot as a seven seed.
Tomorrow’s game is not only a chance for the Cowboys to build their resume but to also build confidence for the NCAA Tournament. If tomorrow ends in defeat, that would mean they carry a three-game losing streak into the Big Dance. Yet, a victory against the Clones would give OK State a chance at revenge for both teams that defeated them last week.
The no. 1 ranked Kansas Jayhawks likely wait for the victor between ISU and OK State. KU takes on the winner of the TCU Horned Frogs and the Oklahoma Sooners game tonight. The Jayhawks swept the season series against both TCU and OU. Revenge against the Jayhawks for the defeat in the regular season finale at Gallagher-Iba Arena on March 4, along with revenge for the Clones sweeping OK State in the regular season would be great for Pokes fans.
You can view the entire bracket for the Big 12 Tournament here. You can watch every game in the Big 12 Tournament this week on the ESPN family of networks.