I didn’t think anything on Wednesday’s slate could top the Michigan/Ohio State thriller Tuesday, but Oklahoma State and Baylor played a thrilling Big 12 game Wednesday, and the ending sequence was unbelievable. Pierre Jackson (24 points), who sparked a huge Baylor rally late to force overtime, penetrated into the lane and fed AJ Walton, who appeared to have the game-winning layup.
But no. Michael Cobbins of OK State swatted the shot, and Markel Brown of the Cowboys’ raced downcourt with the clock winding down. His acrobatic layup with :00.2 left gave Oklahoma State the 69-67 victory.
I really like the Cowboys as a Final Four sleeper. Takeover player? Check. Marcus Smart (though he was only 4-of-21 vs. Baylor). Brown (who shot a woeful 4-of-16) is their leading scorer and not a terrible alternative. In a run-and-jump game, they’ll be able to match anyone athlete for athlete.
I don’t love their size inside, nor their depth, and I have my reservations about anyone who falls in love with the three the way the Cowboys do. But if you’re looking for a 4-5-6 seed sleeper, keep an eye on the Cowboys. (That’s unless they win the Big 12 tourney and vault onto the 2nd or 3rd seed line.)