Selection Sunday: Where Will Cowboys Go?

The waiting ends at 5 p.m. Sunday. That's when the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and all the other teams heading to the NCAA Tournament, find out the who, what, when and where of their NCAA title aspirations.

The Cowboys are projected by bracketologists like Joe Lunardi, Jerry Palm and others as either a No. 8 or No. 9 seed. If that's the case, then OSU will face a No. 1 seed in its second game of the tourney.

Palm, as of Sunday morning, has OSU as a No. 9 seed but also has the Cowboys facing No. 8 seed Massachusetts, although the winner will probably face No. 1 seed Arizona in the West Region. USA Today's updated bracket has the Cowboys as a No. 9 seed, facing No. 8 George Washington in the West with a potential matchup against No. 1 seed Arizona awaiting the winner.

Kansas coach Bill Self says the Cowboys by virtue of their 21-12 record will not be seeded as high as they should be by the NCAA selection committee.

"Wherever (the Cowboys are) seeded, they're playing a lot better than that," Self said after his Jayhawks survived with a 77-70 overtime victory over the Cowboys in a quarterfinal game at the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday. "So if you're a one seed in their bracket and both teams are fortunate to win, you're going to be playing a four seed in the second round or a five seed."

OSU enters the postseason by winning five of their final seven games, including victories over projected No. 2 seed Kansas (on March 1 in Stillwater) and an overtime loss to No. 3 seed Iowa State in the Big 12 tourney.

The Cowboys only two losses in the past three weeks have come in overtime – to Big 12 tournament champion Iowa State 85-81 in the final regular season game of the season on March 8 and then the overtime loss to Kansas this past week at the Big 12 tourney.

Ford and the Cowboys will be making their second consecutive trip to the NCAA tourney. They lost to Oregon 68-55 in a second-round game a year ago, and hope to stay longer than that this time around.

"I like how we're playing. I like how we're playing," said Ford, who is 1-3 in three previous NCAA Tournament appearances with the Cowboys. "I think there's some things we can do to adjust to get better. I mean, there's some things tonight we did to ourselves, to hurt ourselves at times. We need to correct a few of those things. I thought we ran our offense tremendously yesterday for 40 minutes. We gotta rebound the ball better, but I think we're playing well. The last five or six games, two games we've lost, we lost in overtime.

"And there's a lot of fight to us. Both games on the road, both games just like road games. So I think we're playing pretty good basketball. There's some things we need to do better, but you guys have seen us play. You probably can answer it better. I think we're playing pretty good."


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