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Cowboys Up to No. 12 in AP Poll

The Cowboys are in a Big 12 logjam in the final AP Poll before Selection Sunday.



[Photo via Courtney Bay/OSU Athletics]

The Cowboys are one of the dozen best teams in the country, according to the AP voters.

Oklahoma State climbed to No. 12 in the latest AP Poll that released Monday morning. The Cowboys climbed up five spots from No. 17 last week.

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

The Cowboys played in three games since last week’s poll and went 2-1 in that stretch with their only loss coming to No. 2 Baylor in Waco.

Last Monday night, Oklahoma State swept its rival Sooners with a 79-75 victory in Gallagher-Iba Arena. It was the second time the Pokes beat the Sooners within three days.

The Cowboys closed their busy week with an 85-80 victory against West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday. The Cowboys won that game without Cade Cunningham and Isaac Likekele, as Avery Anderson dropped 31 points on the Country Roaders.

The Big 12 has seven teams ranked in this week’s AP Poll, the final poll before Selection Sunday. Baylor moved back up to No. 2. There is a logjam of Big 12 teams in the middle of the rankings, with No. 10 West Virginia, No. 11 Kansas, No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Texas. Texas Tech fell two spots from last week’s poll down to No. 20, and Oklahoma fell nine spots to No. 25.

OSU also moved up three spots in the Coaches Poll, where the Pokes sit at No. 14.

The Cowboys head to Kansas City this week for the Big 12 Tournament. The Pokes are the event’s No. 5 seed and will play fourth-seeded West Virginia in the quarterfinals on Thursday morning.

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