Put On Your Dancin' Shoes!

Byron Eaton and Terrel Harris got what they wished for Sunday when Oklahoma State earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. It will be the first trip to the Big Dance for any player on Oklahoma State's roster but it's that much sweeter for Eaton and Harris, the only fourth-year seniors only the team and only remaining members of the most heralded recruiting class in school history.

Oklahoma State, 22-11, will face Tennessee , 21-12, in a first-round game on Friday in Dayton, Ohio, in the East Regional.

If the eighth-seeded Cowboys defeat the ninth-seeded Volunteers they will advance in all likelihood to face No. 1 seed Pittsburgh (28-4) on Sunday. Pitt faces 16th-seeded East Tennessee State (23-10) in a first-round game Thursday.

"I know it means a lot to these seniors," said Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford. "I am very proud for these guys to hear their names called. The first game is always the toughest game to get through. Our guys have never experienced this while Tennessee's players have been through it the last couple of years."

The Cowboys put together an impressive run the last four weeks of the season. After a 25-point blowout loss to Texas in Austin on Feb. 10, which left them 14-9 overall and 3-6 in Big 12 Conference play, first-year head coach Travis Ford's team turned the season around.

They won six consecutive games, and 8 of their last 10, including a 71-70 victory over seventh-ranked Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament this past Thursday, to go from being a team that was staring at a fourth consecutive NIT appearance, to an NCAA bubble team, to securing an NCAA tourney bid for the first time since 2005.

Eaton, Harris and the Cowboys had ended their season the past three years with first-round losses in the NIT. But that won't be the case in 2009 ... as the Oklahoma State seniors have fulfilled their dream of playing in the NCAA Tournament.

They are the only two of what was considered by many to be the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the nation when they signed with Oklahoma State. But Gerald Green, the No. 1 recruit in the nation, never set foot on campus, instead opting to enter the NBA Draft after his senior year of high school. Keith Brumbaugh made it to Stillwater but never got to play in a game because of questions about his transcript. Roderick Flemings left midway through his freshman year, and Kenneth Cooper transferred to Louisiana Tech prior to the 2007-08 season.

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