Farewell to Obi Muonelo: Oklahoma State Prays For James Anderson's Return

Curtis FinchumCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2010

LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 07:  Obi Muonelo #2 and James Anderson #23 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys walk off the court during a timeout in the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on February 7, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Four years ago, an unexpected end to an era was approaching, but Edmond Santa Fe senior Obi Muonelo signed his letter of intent anyway. 

Two coaching changes later, Muonelo enters his final home game of his career against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. A game that no one ever thought would come. 

It seems like Muonelo has been at Oklahoma State for an eternity baring two different style of uniforms and two completely different playing styles. 

From lock-down defense to high-octane offense, Muonelo has survived it all, and in all respects might just go down as one of the best in Cowboy history. 

Though, on that warm Saturday afternoon, he wasn't the only one bidding his farewell. Junior "Big Game" James Anderson probably made his final appearance in Gallagher-Iba Arena. 

The unranked Cowboys sent their two best players out on a high note. A win on senior night and a remarkable beat down of the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. 

Throughout the game, the matchup went as you expected; a slug-fest in the first minutes quickly turned into a rout by the Cowboys. 

Though it was Muonelo's night to shine, Anderson stole the show with his usual acrobatic finishes that for the first time all season was followed by a stadium wide chant, "One more year!". 

The students and alumni alike echoed the words every time Anderson stepped to the free throw line, though the likelihood of his return is darker than any fan wants to admit. 

Anderson is easily the best player in the Big 12, and should be in the National Player of the Year talks.

Though he is overlooked for playing at an unranked school, he now has a chance to show the country what they've been missing as the NCAA tournament quickly approaches. 

Anderson, named the Big 12 Player of the Year earlier in the week, and Muonelo now look to solidify the Cowboys as a solid threat in the Big 12 Tournament. 
A good way to go out at home was with a big win over Nebraska, but for Muonelo, what could possibly be a better way to end his Big 12 career then to beat the Oklahoma Sooners again?
Bedlam round three approaches and so does Selection Sunday. A new season is about to begin, and the Cowboys control their own destiny.