Oklahoma State completed a season sweep of No. 6 Kansas on Saturday afternoon as the Cowboys earned an 82-64 home Big 12 win.
The Cowboys (18-13, 8-10) are the first team to sweep the Jayhawks in Big 12 play during Bill Self’s tenure at Kansas. Kendall Smith paced Oklahoma State with 25 points as the Cowboys shot 41 percent from three-point range (10-for-24).
Jumping out to a double-digit lead in the first half, Oklahoma State was able to hold off Kansas nearly the entire way in a dominating win. Although the Cowboys aren’t in a lot of NCAA tournament projections right now, they do have four top-10 wins and a sweep over a potential No. 1 seed.
For being towards the bottom of the Big 12 standings, the Cowboys have a somewhat compelling case to be the Big 12’s ninth NCAA tournament team if they can pull off a few upsets at next week’s conference tournament. Nobody is going to want to face this team in the early rounds of that event as Oklahoma State is playing with a ton of confidence the past few weeks.
As for Kansas, this loss doesn’t do much except to potentially damage a case for a No. 1 seed. But that’s a question mark given how much time is left in the season. There is still plenty of work to be done in the Big 12 tournament and a dominating performance in Kansas City from the Jayhawks will make everyone forget about getting swept by Oklahoma State.
Devonte Graham was the only double-figure scorer for the Jayhawks with 15 points as Kansas struggled to 17 turnovers. With another potential No. 1 seed in Michigan State also losing to Michigan on Saturday, Kansas has plenty of time to solidify a No. 1 seed next week.