Oklahoma State Basketball: Five most entertaining prospective NCAA Tournament matches

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The Oklahoma State basketball team figures out where they fall in the 2017 NCAA Tournament field today at 4:30 p.m. on the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.

The Oklahoma State basketball program expects to get their first bid on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament since 2015. After experiencing an off season in former head coach Travis Ford’s final season in Stillwater, the Cowboys have returned to contention in the Big Dance once again under first-year head coach Brad Underwood.

Starting today at 4:30 p.m. CT, Cowboy basketball fans get to see how the NCAA Tournament bracket will stack up and where the Pokes will fall. According to ESPN’s Bracketology by Joe Lunardi, OK State projects as a nine seed against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

With the NCAA Tournament Selection Show right around the corner, the Pokes Post takes a look at the most entertaining possible first round matchups for OK State. Keep in mind that OK State will not face a Big 12 opponent in the first round. Furthermore, the teams in consideration for this list are teams that project anywhere from the six to 11 seed window because that is the realistic range for the Cowboys seeding.

The individual qualifications for a team to be on this list include past history against the Cowboys, the strength of the offense, and star power for key matchups. Any team with a quality point guard would make for a great matchup with star OK State sophomore point guard Jawun Evans.

There’s also something about a Big 12 team like OK State getting to face a team from the ACC. Considering the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 are consistently two of the best conferences in college basketball, that would make for a significant matchup for the Pokes.

More than anything, it would be nice to see an entertaining matchup while seeing the Cowboys get out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. OK State got bounced in the Round of 64 in four consecutive Tournament appearances.

Now, let’s take a look at the most entertaining prospective matchups for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.