After one of the worst conference starts in college basketball, OSU mens basketball has become one of the hottest teams in the nation. From 0-6 to winning eight of the past nine, including having a four-game road winning streak, the cowboys are firing on all cylinders; so where do they go from here?
After beating TCU on the road, the Cowboys came back to a sold-out Gallagher-Iba where they swept the bedlam series for the first time since 2004. Jawun Evans earned his third Big 12 player of the week award after scoring 16 and having 12 assists against TCU and then scoring 27 with nine assists versus OU. This is the best new-year start for OSU since the 2012-2013 season.
In the past two games, the Cowboys have won by a combined seven points and 5 of the past 9 games have been settles by less than 10 points. There are two ways to look at this, for one OSU knows how to play close games and how to handle the pressure. On the other hand, the Cowboys are either letting their opponents stay close or are having to comeback late to make it close. Also, in the past two wins the Cowboys have had only three players in double-figures in points, which puts a lot of pressure on Evans and Jeffery Carrol and Phil Forte to contribute greatly.
As they enter the last four games, the Cowboys need to stay consistent giving up less than 13 turnovers and shooting 50% from the field as they travel to Manhattan and Ames and welcome Texas Tech and Kansas to town.
Joe Lunardi has the Cowboys at a 7 seed in his latest bracketology, but could get as high as 5 potentially if they win at least three of the next four. They will start this last stretch Wednesday night in Manhattan, Kansas at 8 p.m. looking to avenge the loss from earlier in the season against Kansas State.