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Cowboys Get Highest AP Ranking since Marcus Smart-Era

It’s the first time the Pokes have been in the Top 20 since 2014.

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[Photo via Courtney Bay, Oklahoma State Athletics]

After spending much of the season on the outskirts of the AP Poll, the Cowboys’ big week nabbed them their highest ranking since Marcus Smart was commanding Eddie Sutton Court.

Oklahoma State came in at No. 17 in March’s first AP Poll. It’s the Cowboys’ highest ranking in the poll since Jan. 27, 2014.

Rank AP
1 Gonzaga
2 Michigan
3 Baylor
4 Illinois
5 Iowa
6 West Virginia
7 Ohio State
8 Alabama
9 Houston
10 Villanova
11 Florida State
12 Arkansas
13 Kansas
14 Creighton
15 Texas
16 Oklahoma
17 Oklahoma State
18 Texas Tech
19 San Diego State
20 Loyola-Chicago
21 Virginia
22 Virginia Tech
23 Purdue
24 Colorado
25 Wisconsin

The Cowboys were the first team out of last week’s AP Poll. They beat two ranked foes last week in then-No. 18 Texas Tech and then-No. 7 Oklahoma with both games taking overtime to decide them.

With as tight as those two games were, those three teams are now stacked on top of each other in this week’s AP ranking with OU at No. 16, OSU at No. 17 and Tech at No. 18.

The Big 12 has 70% of its teams among the top 18 teams in the country. After falling to Kansas, Baylor dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. West Virginia came in at No. 6 with No. 13 Kansas and No. 15 Texas being the other Big 12 teams in the rankings.

The Cowboys have three games against ranked opponents this week. OSU will host No. 16 OU on Monday night before traveling to No. 3 Baylor on Thursday and No. 6 West Virginia on Saturday.

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