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After hitting a mid-season swoon that coincided with the suspension of Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State is flying under the radar a bit entering the Big Dance.
But make no mistake, Oklahoma State is a dangerous team. And how perfect would it be for the Cowboys to make the Final Four at Cowboys Stadium?
Oklahoma State just keeps coming at you with athleticism. Smart is as athletic a guard as there is in the country and is a future NBA lottery pick. Markel Brown (senior) and Le'Bryan Nash (junior) provide depth and experience next to Smart.
Any one of those players can light you up on any night as Smart averages 17.8, Brown 17.1 and Nash 14.2.
And if you load up on the players inside, Phil Forte can make you pay from the perimeter. Forte hit 44.5 percent of his threes on the season. Brown is also a respectable long-range shooter at 38.2 percent. And if the Cowboys find themselves in a close game, their 72.4 percent free-throw shooting can be a weapon.
(By the way, how great is it that OK State's roster doesn't list positions, instead listing players as "guard," "wing," or "post"?)
Perhaps most importantly, the Cowboys will probably be playing with a chip on their shoulders after being given a No. 9 seed. And should they encounter Arizona in the round of 32, they actually match up pretty well with the Wildcats.
Either way, Oklahoma State is a team to watch out West.