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NCAA Tournament bracketology: Oklahoma State makes case as No. 2 seed after upset of Baylor

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Looking for the hottest team in college basketball right now? 

Direct your attention to Oklahoma State – fresh off a profile-boosting victory over locked-in No. 1 seed Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals. 

The Cowboys have garnered attention throughout 2020-21 because of Cade Cunningham, the 6-8 guard expected to be drafted No. 1 in the NBA draft. The freshman hasn’t disappointed, scoring 40 points in an overtime win over Oklahoma last month and nailing several game-winning jumpers throughout the year while dazzling to spearhead a span that’s seen OSU win eight of their last nine. 

But Oklahoma State is much more than just Cunninghham. The Cowboys defeated a really good West Virginia team without him last week when he was recovering from injury. In that game, Avery Anderson III paved the way with 31 points. 

Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham (2) talks with forward Kalib Boone (22) during the first half against the Baylor Bears at T-Mobile Center.

“I hope we continue to dispel this notion that we’re Cade and a bunch of, like, puppets out there,” coach Mike Boynton told reporters after the Baylor win. 

When it comes to NCAA Tournament seeding, OSU is likely locked in as a No. 3 seed but this squad is making a strong case for a No. 2 seed should any of the current No. 2 seeds slip up and Oklahoma State wins the Big 12 Tournament title. The Cowboys now ave 10 Quadrant 1 wins to go with the third best strength of schedule in the country. Those credentials speak volumes for the selection committee. 

No. 1 seeds

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan, Illinois. 

Last four in

Drake, Colorado State, Syracuse, Boise State.

First four out

Utah State, Saint Louis, Memphis, Ole Miss.

Next four out

Seton Hall, St. Johns, Xavier, Southern Methodist.

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Multi-bid conferences: Big Ten (9), ACC (8), Big 12 (7), SEC (6), Big East (4), Pac-12 (4), Mountain West (3), Atlantic 10 (2), American Athletic (2), Missouri Valley (2), West Coast (2).

Leaders or highest NET from projected one-bid conferences – (20 total): America East – Hartford, Atlantic Sun – Liberty, Big Sky – Eastern Washington, Big South – Winthrop, Big West – UCSB, CAA – Drexel, C-USA – Western Kentucky, Horizon – Cleveland State, MAAC – Iona, MAC – Buffalo, MEAC – Norfolk St., Northeast – Mount St. Mary’s, OVC – Morehead St, Patriot – Colgate, Southern – UNCG, Southland – Abilene Christian, SWAC – Prairie View A&M, Summit – Oral Roberts, Sun Belt – Appalachian State, WAC – Grand Canyon



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