Daily Bullets (March 7)

Sniper Range

Yahoo’s Pat Forde says OSU is the low seed to keep an eye on in Kansas City.

Dangerous low seed: Eighth-seeded Oklahoma State (10). Cowboys have hit some high notes: swept Kansas, beat West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma once apiece. They need some wins to get into the Big Dance. And the draw sets up well: slumping Sooners in the first round, then potentially a Kansas team Oklahoma State has owned this year. [Yahoo Sports]

While OU’s playing vulnerable and they’ve had the Jayhawks number this year, Bedlam is always a dogfight (in Stillwater) that’s not to be taken for granted. And if KU’s team is half as incensed as their fan base is about being swept by the Pokes. the home crowd at the Sprint Center will be a heck of a challenge.

Raw and Ready to Sign

In what’s one of the best recruiting evals I’ve heard on Mike Gundy’s 2018 class, Ian Boyd aptly sums up Gundy’s recruiting M.O.

Oklahoma State did well and landed a lot of players that are insane, raw athletes that could become monsters under their development track. Gundy clearly loves the early signing day for allowing OSU to lock down fringe prospects that bigger schools used to come and “poach” later in the cycle.

I guess his reasoning is that there will always be guys like that, even as the bigger schools invest more in early evaluation and relationship-building, because the desire to aim for the obvious bluechips will keep the bigger schools from being able to offer and lock down the high-upside 3-stars that OSU has always made their living with. [Concerning Sports]

If you’re not going to sign the four/five-star guy that comes in ready to light the world on fire day one, you’ve got to sign the guy with upside and give him time to swell up under Rob Glass and compete with that first guy.

Mike Gundy has mastered this art and the 2018 class appears to be another brick in the wall.

OSU and NCAA Notes

ESPN says the Pokes need another win to be a serious contender for a spot….Tramel looks at OSU in context of bubble teams….Death, taxes and OSU wrestling winning a Big 12 title says Bill Haisten….Sooner State quarterback battles will be some of college football’s most intriguing….The pro-bound Pokes did well for themselves at the Combine

Great point here – it’s sort of like the CFP: you make the argument for what team you want. Confirmation bias is a thing.

This would be a counter viewpoint – a very valid one.

Man… Spoon could jump out of the gym.

The bonus Bedlam a Big 12 title game in football didn’t offer, a consolation prize of sorts.

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