The Cowboys are officially off the bubble for bracketology experts Jerry Palm of CBS Sports and Joe Lunardi of ESPN.
Lunardi on Tuesday has Oklahoma State listed as an 8 seed entering the Cowboys’ matchup with Kansas at 8 p.m. Tuesday. It’s the highest Oklahoma State has been since Lunardi started projecting brackets this season. Palm also has OSU as an 8 seed. Both Palm and Lunardi have Kansas, OSU’s opponent Tuesday, as a projected No. 1 seed.
OSU is one of eight Big 12 teams in both of their fields. Palm has two teams — Texas and Kansas — as projected 1 seeds. Lunardi’s projections are as follows:
1 — Kansas
2 — Baylor, Texas
3 — Kansas State
4 — Iowa State
6 — TCU
8 — Oklahoma State
10 — West Virginia
Palm had the Cowboys in the South Region, playing 9-seeded Rutgers in the fist round. That’s the same region as Purdue, which right now is the projected No. 1 overall seed.
Metrics-wise, Oklahoma State ranks 29th in the NET, 27th in KenPm and 23rd in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index entering Tuesday.