The Oklahoma State Cowboys are coming off another emotional road win at West Virginia last Saturday and find themselves in an interesting position. With their window to clinch a tournament bid closing, it is time to lock up a home court-advantage atmosphere on Wednesday and finish the remaining schedule with some wins.
The Pokes are making the case for one of the most peculiar basketball seasons of all time this year. For starters, this is how their last month or so has looked:
1/20 — 2 point overtime win versus Oklahoma
1/23 — 5 point loss in Lubbock
1/27 — A 1-point loss at Arkansas
At that point, the pattern really got extreme. The Cowboys pulled a very disappointing home performance and lost to TCU. They followed that with a beating of Big 12 Powerhouse Kansas on the road, losing to subpar Baylor at home, then leaving fans bewildered with a thrilling 3-point win on the road against a ranked West Virginia team.
When traveling and playing tough competition, Oklahoma State seems to almost always step up to the task. On Saturday the Pokes shot 41.7% from 3-point range, and every starter ended with double figures.
In the losses, the story has been quite different. Just prior to Saturday’s impressive win, the Cowboys hosted an 11-point embarrassment at home in which they only put up 56 points versus the Baylor Bears.
The story of the Cowboys’ basketball season has been pretty clear-cut. It is time now for them to accept their goals and reach for those, which should be shooting for a Big 12 Championship and getting into the Big Dance.
It is never too late to change the tone of a season. While the narrative that the Pokes have written so far has left fans worrisome about certain matchups, the good news is that the current problem is easy to fix.
Oklahoma State isn’t looking to take down a “big dog” on the road this Wednesday, but they are looking to take down a tough, 17-8 Kansas State squad.
It is time to rise up and defend the home court pride of Gallagher-Iba Arena. There is no better moment to make a late-season push.