Oklahoma State Basketball: Every 2016-17 opponent that made the NCAA Tournament

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Nov 22, 2016; Lahaina, Maui, HI, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys forward Mitchell Solomon (41) battles for rebounding position against North Carolina Tar Heels forwards Isaiah Hicks (4) and Kennedy Meeks (3) during the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2. North Carolina Tar Heels

Result: 107-75 Loss

Opponent Seed in NCAA Tournament: 1

The North Carolina Tar Heels were, by far, the toughest team that the Cowboys faced during the regular season. The young OK State roster did not look any bit ready to face the juggernaut that UNC was in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament. UNC had a huge edge inside as well, out rebounding the Cowboys 42-28.

However, sophomore point guard Jawun Evans was the lone bright spot for the Pokes. Evans scored a game-high 30 points, while freshman guard Lindy Waters III had the second most for OK State with 10.

OK State did not lose another game by more than 17 points this season, other than this 32-point thrashing at the hands of the Tar Heels. Yet, the only point that these two teams would have the opportunity to meet in the NCAA Tournament is in the Final Four, which is unlikely considering the strength of each team’s region.

UNC is also possibly the team most likely to take the NCAA Championship. They have everything that a team needs to be successful from a talented backcourt to solid wing play to a deep frontcourt.

If nothing else, the Cowboys gained some valuable experience in this matchup.

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