Travis Ford entered an eighth season as the head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys having collected five NCAA Tournament appearances. However, the Cowboys have failed to advance past the second round in each trip. Now coming off of two consecutive seasons under the .500 mark, is Ford on the hotseat? Nonetheless, OSU hosts the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday in Bedlam.
What is Bedlam you ask?
The situation certainly took a turn for the worst as leading scorer, Phil Forte suffered an injury three games into the year. Without a timetable on the return of the sharpshooter, Jeff Newberry takes over as the leading scorer behind 11.9 points per game. Next to him, Oklahoma State added a McDonald's All-American in Jawun Evans to run the point. Through fifteen games, Evans averages 10.4 points per game to go along with a team high 4.7 assists.
Defensively, the Cowboys have held opponents to 64.4 points per game. But, an area of concern continues to be rebounding. In the last outing against the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Cowboys held their opponent to 38% shooting. Yet, OSU lost the rebounding battle 34-23 as the Mountaineers pulled away with a 77-60 win.
Regardless of who the Cowboys put on the floor, they've had a difficult time dealing with in-state rival the Oklahoma Sooners recently. Ranked No. 2 in the nation in both polls, the Sooners head to Stillwater for the first installment of 2016 Bedlam Basketball.