The Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament opens today in Kansas City and if you are looking for a sleeper, gaze your focus on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The Cowboys enter the tournament with a 21-9 overall mark. They finished with a so-so 9-7 Big 12 record and are seeded No. 7.
But Travis Ford's bunch is a dangerous team. Oklahoma State was the only squad to defeat Kansas in conference play and it upset Kansas State in Manhattan. The Cowboys are a young, athletic team that plays solid defense.
Guard James Anderson is their featured player. The 6-6 junior won the Big 12 Player of the Year Award and leads the league in scoring at 22.9. Another dangerous player is senior guard Obi Muonelo who can take it to the basket or toss in a three-point shot. Another weapon is guard Keiton Page. The sophomore can be deadly from three-point range. However, the Cowboys do lack height and muscle. Oklahoma State's main inside players are 6-8 junior Matt Pilgrim and 6-7 junior Marshall Moses.
If the Cowboys can run and score and limited the opponent's inside game, they could win games (I said games) in this tournament.
With a NCAA tournament bid probably already secured, the Cowboys could improve their seeding with an impression Big 12 tournament run.
Do you think the Cowboys will do well in the Big 12 tournament? Do you like any other sleepers?