NCAA Tournament: As the Madness Begins, Is Oklahoma State Ready?

Curtis FinchumCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  Matt Pilgrim #31 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts with teammate Keiton Page #12 while taking on the Kansas State Wildcats during the quarterfinals of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 11, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Selection Sunday is the most anticipated day of the year for almost all college basketball athletes. Coaches, players, and fans nationwide tune in to CBS to find out if their team was chosen as one of the 65 best in the country.

Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford had his team well suited to make the tournament—the only question was who and where it played. 

The Cowboys were placed as the seventh seed in what could be the toughest region in the bracket—highlighted by No. 1 overall seed Kansas and Big Ten champs Ohio State. 

The Cowboys will face 10th seed Georgia Tech—which should bring up old memories for Cowboy Nation. The last time these teams faced each other, Tech knocked out the Cowboys in the Final Four in 2004. 

The Midwest Region bracket is highlighted with some of the nation's most talented players. Kansas' Sheron Collins and Ohio State's Evan Turner are two of the most decorated. 

However, the Cowboys may have the region's best player that few have ever seen play. Junior James Anderson is third nationally in scoring and leads a talented backcourt into the tournament. 

Anderson is paired with one of the best overall players in Cowboy history in lone senior Obi Muonelo and explosive sophomore Keiton Page.

Also, juniors Marshall Moses and Matt Pilgrim highlight an undersized yet energetic frontcourt. 

What the Cowboys lack in size, they don't lack in offense. Ford's club really knows how to score, averaging close to 75 points a game. 

But Anderson and Co. will have their work cut out for them, as Georgia Tech has two of the most talented young big men in the country. 

Freshman Derrick Favors stands 6'10" and is one of the best rebounders in the country, and junior Gani Lawal is a constant double-double threat at 6'9". 

Although the Cowboys have beaten teams with similar size (Kansas, Baylor, and Kansas State), they've all been games in Stillwater. They historically have struggled against teams with legitimate size inside. 

However, the attitude of this Cowboy team shows how fearless it is against taller teams. The Cowboys force turnovers and attack the rim consistently—and they show no fear when they attempt to get to the free throw line. 

The Cowboys, should they get hot at the right moment, could become a real competitor to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. 

Round One: No. 7 Oklahoma State v. No. 10 Georgia Tech. Let the madness begin.