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2017–18 Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball team

The 2017–18 Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball team represented Oklahoma State University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by first-head coach Mike Boynton Jr.. The Cowboys were members of the Big 12 Conference and played their home games at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. They finished the season 21–15, 8–10 in Big 12 play to finish in a four-way tie for sixth place. They defeated Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament before losing in the quarterfinals to Kansas. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Florida Gulf Coast and Stanford before losing in the quarterfinals to Western Kentucky.

2017–18 Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball
Oklahoma State University system logo.svg
NIT, Quarterfinals
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2017–18 record21–15 (8–10 Big 12)
Head coachMike Boynton Jr. (1st season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaGallagher-Iba Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 4 Kansas 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
No. 14 Texas Tech 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
No. 15 West Virginia 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Kansas State 10 8   .556     25 12   .676
TCU 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Oklahoma State 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Texas 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Oklahoma 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Baylor 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Iowa State 4 14   .222     13 18   .419
2018 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Cowboys finished the 2016–17 season with 20–13, 9–9 in Big 12 play to finish in fifth place. They lost to Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 10 seed in the Midwest region where they lost to Michigan in the First Round.

On March 18, 2017, head coach Brad Underwood left the school to accept the head coaching position at Illinois after one year at OSU.[1] The school promoted assistant coach Mike Boynton Jr. to head coach on March 24.[2]

FBI investigationEdit

On September 26, federal prosecutors in New York announced charges of fraud and corruption against 10 people involved in college basketball, including Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans. The charges allege that Evans and others allegedly received benefits from financial advisers and others to influence student-athletes to retain their services. Following the news, Evans was suspended and relieved of all duties.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jawun Evans 1 G 6'1" 185 Sophomore Dallas, TX Declared for 2017 NBA Draft. Drafted by Philadelphia 76ers and traded to Los Angeles Clippers.
Phil Forte III 13 G 5'11" 195 RS Senior Flower Mound, TX Graduated
Leyton Hammonds 23 F 6'8" 215 Senior North Richland Hills, TX Graduated, signed a pro team in Finland.
Tyler Underwood 32 G 6'2" 240 RS Freshman Stillwater, OK Transferred to Illinois.
Will Lienhard 34 F 6'7" 255 Sophomore Oklahoma City, OK Walk-on, Transferred to Oklahoma Christian

Incoming TransfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Kendall Smith 1 G 6'3" 190 RS Senior Antioch, CA Transferred from Cal State Northridge. Will be eligible to play immediately since Smith graduated from Cal State Northridge.
Michael Weathers 23 G 6'2" 170 Sophomore Roeland Park, KS Transferred from Miami (OH). Will redshirt the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Yankuba Sima 35 F/C 6'11" 225 RS Junior Girona, Spain Transferred from St. John's. Will be eligible to play immediately for one year.

RecruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Zack Dawson
G
Miami, FL South Miami High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jun 15, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 84
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Future recruitsEdit

2018-19 team recruitsEdit

RosterEdit

2017–18 Oklahoma State Cowboys men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Brandon Averette 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Richardson Richardson, TX
G 1 Kendall Smith 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Sr Deer Valley HS
CSUN
Antioch, CA
G 2 Zach Dawson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr South Miami Miami, FL
G 4 Thomas Dziagwa 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Tampa Catholic Tampa, FL
G/F 5 Tavarius Shine 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Jr MacArthur
FUMA
Irving, TX
F 12 Cameron McGriff 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So South Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, TX
F/C 14 Lucas N'Guessan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Canarias Basketball Academy De Lier, Netherlands
G 21 Lindy Waters III 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Norman North Norman, OK
G 23 Michael Weathers   6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Shawnee Mission North
Miami (OH)
Roeland Park, KS
G/F 24 Davon Dillard 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Our Savior New American School Gary, IN
G/F 30 Jeffrey Carroll 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Sr Rowlett Rowlett, TX
F 33 Trey Reeves (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Muldrow Gans, OK
F/C 35 Yankuba Sima 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Jr Elev8 Institute
St. John's
Girona, Spain
F 41 Mitchell Solomon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Bixby Bixby, OK
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 3, 2017*
7:00 pm, FSOK+
Arkansas–Monticello W 85–65 
Gallagher-Iba Arena (4,204)
Stillwater, OK
Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:30 pm, FCS
Pepperdine
Legends Classic regional game
W 78–47  1–0
Gallagher-Iba Arena (5,386)
Stillwater, OK
Nov 13, 2017*
7:00 pm, FSOK+
Charlotte W 83–65  2–0
Gallagher-Iba Arena (4,387)
Stillwater, OK
Nov 16, 2017*
7:00 pm, FSOK+
Oral Roberts
Legends Classic regional game
W 91–48  3–0
Gallagher-Iba Arena (4,268)
Stillwater, OK
Nov 20, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 16 Texas A&M
Legends Classic semifinals
L 55–72  3–1
Barclays Center (5,904)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 21, 2017*
2:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. Pittsburgh
Legends Classic Consolation Game
W 73–67  4–1
Barclays Center (5,081)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 26, 2017*
2:00 pm, FSOK
Houston Baptist W 101–74  5–1
Gallagher-Iba Arena (4,325)
Stillwater, OK
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 pm, FSOK+
Austin Peay W 79-63  6-1
Gallagher-Iba Arena (4,697)
Stillwater, OK
Dec 3, 2017*
2:00 pm, FSOK+
Mississippi Valley State W 83–62  7–1
Gallagher-Iba Arena (4,564)
Stillwater, OK
Dec 9, 2017*
3:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 Wichita State L 66–78  7–2
Gallagher-Iba Arena (9,655)
Stillwater, OK
Dec 16, 2017*
1:00 pm, FS2
vs. No. 19 Florida State
Orange Bowl Classic
W 71–70  8–2
BB&T Center (9,152)
Sunrise, FL
Dec 19, 2017*
8:00 pm, FSOK
Tulsa W 71–59  9–2
Gallagher-Iba Arena (5,412)
Stillwater, OK
Dec 22, 2017*
12:00 pm, FSOK
Texas–Rio Grande Valley W 102–83  10–2
Gallagher-Iba Arena (5,287)
Stillwater, OK
Dec 29, 2017
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 7 West Virginia L 79–85  10–3
(0–1)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (8,257)
Stillwater, OK
Jan 3, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at No. 7 Oklahoma
Bedlam Series
L 89–109  10–4
(0–2)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,390)
Norman, OK
Jan 6, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPNU
Iowa State W 96–87 OT 11–4
(1–2)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (5,568)
Stillwater, OK
Jan 10, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPNews
at Kansas State L 82–86  11–5
(1–3)
Bramlage Coliseum (7,470)
Manhattan, KS
Jan 13, 2018
4:00 pm, ESPNews
Texas W 65–64  12–5
(2–3)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (6,707)
Stillwater, OK
Jan 15, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at Baylor L 60–76  12–6
(2–4)
Ferrell Center (6,078)
Waco, TX
Jan 20, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN
No. 4 Oklahoma
Bedlam Series
W 83–81 OT 13–6
(3–4)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
Stillwater, OK
Jan 23, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNews
at No. 14 Texas Tech L 70–75  13–7
(3–5)
United Supermarkets Arena (12,585)
Lubbock, TX
Jan 27, 2018*
5:00 pm, ESPN2
at Arkansas
Big 12/SEC Challenge
L 65–66  13–8
Bud Walton Arena (18,057)
Fayetteville, AR
Jan 30, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
TCU L 66–79  13–9
(3–6)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (6,250)
Stillwater, OK
Feb 3, 2018
11:00 am, CBS
at No. 7 Kansas W 84–79  14–9
(4–6)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Feb 6, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Baylor L 56–67  14–10
(4–7)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (6,017)
Stillwater, OK
Feb 10, 2018
11:00 am, ESPN
at No. 19 West Virginia W 88–85  15–10
(5–7)
WVU Coliseum (13,057)
Morgantown, WV
Feb 14, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
Kansas State L 72–82  15–11
(5–8)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (7,017)
Stillwater, OK
Feb 17, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
at TCU L 70–90  15–12
(5–9)
Schollmaier Arena (6,588)
Fort Worth, TX
Feb 21, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 6 Texas Tech W 79–71  16–12
(6–9)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (7,092)
Stillwater, OK
Feb 24, 2018
1:00 pm, LHN
at Texas L 64-65  16-13
(6-10)
Frank Erwin Center (12,316)
Austin, TX
Feb 27, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
at Iowa State W 80–71  17–13
(7–10)
Hilton Coliseum (14,258)
Ames, IA
Mar 3, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 Kansas W 82–64  18–13
(8–10)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (12,482)
Stillwater, OK
Big 12 Tournament
Mar 7, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
(8) vs. (9) Oklahoma
First round
W 71–60  19–13
Sprint Center (17,752)
Kansas City, MO
Mar 8, 2018
1:30 pm, ESPN2
(8) vs. (1) No. 9 Kansas
Quarterfinals
L 68–82  19–14
Sprint Center (17,903)
Kansas City, MO
NIT
Mar 13, 2018*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
(2) (7) Florida Gulf Coast
First Round – USC Bracket
W 80–68  20–14
Gallagher-Iba Arena (5,305)
Stillwater, OK
Mar 19, 2018*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
(2) (3) Stanford
Second Round – USC Bracket
W 71–65  21–14
Gallagher-Iba Arena (9,635)
Stillwater, OK
Mar 21, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN
(2) (4) Western Kentucky
Quarterfinals – USC Bracket
L 84–92  21–15
Gallagher-Iba Arena (11,308)
Stillwater, OK
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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