A Lot Riding on Draft Lottery for Rockets: Four Thoughts
The NBA draft is still two months away and the lottery to determine the order of draft picks is six weeks out, but as the season winds down this week for the league worst Houston Rockets, it is worth taking a peek at just what chances the Rockets have at reaching the top of the draft in 2021.houstonpress.com
Oklahoma St star freshman Cade Cunningham to enter NBA draft
Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham looks to pass under pressure from Texas' Kai Jones (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Big 12 tournament championship in Kansas City, Mo, Saturday, March 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)STILLWATER, Okla. – Cade Cunningham announced Thursday that he will enter the NBA draft after a dynamic freshman season that saw him named a first-team AP All-American. Cunningham won the Wayman Tisdale Award as the top freshman in college basketball. He finished his college career by scoring 24 points in Oklahoma State’s 80-70 loss to Oregon State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. ___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25.
Oregon State bounces Oklahoma State, Cunningham from NCAAs
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)INDIANAPOLIS – Oregon State embraced the role of the Hickory Huskers — results and all. 12 seed Oregon State neutralized Oklahoma State and star freshman Cade Cunningham, rolling to an 80-70 upset. Oklahoma State began pressuring late in the first half with some success, and it continued in the second half. AdINSIDE DOMINANCEOregon State outrebounded Oklahoma State 52-32 and blocked 11 shots. Oregon State committed 24 fouls, and Oklahoma State made 26 of 38 free throws.
No. 4 Oklahoma State survives No. 13 Liberty 69-60 in NCAA
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)INDIANAPOLIS – Cade Cunningham vowed to lead Oklahoma State to a strong run through the NCAA Tournament. 4 seed Oklahoma State to its first NCAA Tournament win since 2009. Elijah Cuffee had 16 points and Darius McGhee 12 for Atlantic Sun champion Liberty, which had won its previous 12 games. Liberty was seeking another NCAA upset two years after bouncing Mississippi State in the first round. McGhee's long-range shooting gave teammates the confidence to contribute and keep Oklahoma State honest defensively.
Pick Six: Unusual teams hallmark of NCAA Tournament
Jalen Tate spent four years at Norther Kentucky, where he made an NCAA Tournament appearance, and Connor Vanover, who began his season at California. His teammate, Tanner Groves, wound up being league MVP — yet wasn't even an all-Big Sky pick before the season. They're a tough team to guard.”BIG MOMENTS, BIG SHOTSMount St. Mary's will likely be long gone by next week. He scored the final seven points to beat Central Connecticut State, then did the same thing against Long Island. In the Northeast Conference final, he scored 17 of 21 points after halftime to book an NCAA trip.
Gonzaga, Baylor dominate AP All-America teams
(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)Gonzaga and Baylor spent almost the entire season holding down the top two spots in the Top 25. Makes sense they'd hold down a bunch of spots on The Associated Press All-America teams. The Bulldogs' Corey Kispert and the Bears' Jared Butler led the way with first-team nods Tuesday from the national panel of 63 media members that vote each week in the AP Top 25 poll. Just like the first- and second-team All-Americans, their teams also will be playing in the NCAA Tournament this week. ___AP Basketball Writer John Marshall and AP Sports Writers Michael Marot and Stephen Hawkins contributed to this report.
Picking the bracket: The Big Ten will feel right at home
Second round winners: Michigan, Florida State, Texas, Alabama. On to the upsets ...First round winners: Baylor, North Carolina, Winthrop, Purdue, Texas Tech, Colgate, Virginia Tech, Ohio State. AdFirst round winners: Gonzaga, Missouri, UCSB, Virginia, USC, Kansas, VCU, Iowa. Second round winners: Gonzaga, Virginia, USC, Iowa. The Big Ten tournament gets replaced by a Final Four in the heart of Big Ten country.
No. 13 Texas beats No. 12 Oklahoma St for first Big 12 title
– Texas finally won the Big 12 Tournament championship. 12 Oklahoma State. Isaac Likekele added 13 points and Kalib Boone had 12 for the Cowboys, who fought past No. 10 West Virginia and the second-ranked Bears the previous two days to reach their first Big 12 Tournament title game since 2009. BIG PICTUREAdOklahoma State finished the season on a roll, winning eight of its last nine before the Big 12 title game with a pair of OT victories.
No. 12 Oklahoma St beats No. 2 Baylor 83-74 in Big 12 semis
– Confidence has never been a problem for Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham. 12 Cowboys trying to rally from a second-half hole against second-ranked Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament, Cunningham calmly responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to give his team the lead. Ad“You have to give Oklahoma State a lot of credit," Drew said. The Bears did get off to a quick start, but Oklahoma State answered and gradually pulled ahead. Oklahoma State split the season series with the Longhorns, losing a 77-74 nail-biter in December before winning a 75-67 double-overtime thriller early last month.
Without Cunningham, No. 17 Oklahoma State beats No. 6 WVU
17 Oklahoma State to an 85-80 victory over No. 6 West Virginia on Saturday in their Big 12 regular-season finale. Oklahoma State was without star freshman Cade Cunningham, who injured his left ankle late in a loss to No. Freshman Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe added 18 points for Oklahoma State. UP NEXTBoth teams have first-round byes in the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, and will play quarterfinal games on Thursday.
Big 12 champ No. 3 Baylor beats No. 17 Oklahoma State 81-70
3 Baylor, fresh off clinching its first Big 12 title on the road two days earlier, beat No. 17 Oklahoma State 81-70 on Thursday night to end the Cowboys' five-game winning streak. Freshman standout and Big 12 leading scorer Cade Cunningham had 24 points and Kalib Boone 10 for Oklahoma State (17-7, 10-7), whose winning streak was the longest active in the Big 12. That came right after Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe had a dunk for Oklahoma State, prompting a timeout by Baylor coach Scott Drew. ... Oklahoma State was without guard Isaac Likekele (hand) for the fifth time in six games.
Oklahoma St. freshman Cunningham breaking out late in season
He scored 13 of his 15 points in the final 10 minutes, and the Cowboys won 79-75. Cunningham’s grasp of how to be most effective is the main reason Oklahoma State is one of the nation’s hottest teams. After he made 12 of 21 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws in the first game against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said the race to determine the top pick in this year's NBA draft should be over. He took just four shots in the second half of a win over Iowa State. “I’m not getting paid by any team, I’m not under -- my rights as a player are not under any (NBA) team.
No. 17 Oklahoma State completes sweep of No. 16 Oklahoma
“Cade just takes the pressure off the rest of us," Oklahoma State guard Bryce Williams said. Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said Monday's scenario was strange. Oklahoma State rallied, and Rondel Walker's 3 finally put Oklahoma State ahead 32-30. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are rising quickly and gaining confidence. Oklahoma State visits No.
Cunningham scores 40, Oklahoma St tops No. 7 Oklahoma in OT
Oklahoma State's freshman star scored 10 of his season-high 40 points in overtime to help the Cowboys defeat No. Now, the Cowboys will try to duplicate the performance — the teams will meet again on Monday at Oklahoma State. Harmon had 14 points at the break for Oklahoma while Cunningham had 13 for the Cowboys. AdA 3-pointer by Harmon pushed the edge to 10 at the start of the second half before Oklahoma State surged. With Oklahoma State up by two, Reaves drove and found Brady Manek for the tying layup with seven seconds to play in regulation.
Shockers solidifying shaky spot in NCAA Tournament field
It was their eighth victory this season by five points or fewer, and their highest-ranked victim at home since beating No. Suddenly, a program that began the season in turmoil is on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble. At one point the Ducks had six of seven games postponed by COVID-19, and that streak ended with an ugly loss to Washington State. But they followed with five straight wins, including one over fellow bubble-dweller Colorado, heading into an important game against No. That makes their game against Oregon on Thursday night crucial for helping out a shaky resume.
Cunningham helps Oklahoma St beat No. 6 Texas in double OT
Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham (2) celebrates after making a basket in the second overtime of the NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Cunningham, one of the nation’s top freshmen, scored five of his 19 points in the second overtime, including a contested 3-pointer with 1:33 left, to help Oklahoma State beat sixth-ranked Texas 75-67 on Saturday. “We didn’t shoot it great, but we played with a lot of determination and fire which we didn’t do the other night at TCU,” said Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton. They hung around by forcing Oklahoma State into 35% shooting, grabbing 22 offensive rebounds and coming up with 18 steals and six blocks. Oklahoma State goes for a rare season sweep of Kansas in a nationally-televised game Monday.
Cunningham scores 18; Oklahoma St. tops No. 6 Kansas 75-70
Cade Cunningham scored 18 points, and the Cowboys held off a late rally to beat No. “This is what the process looks like,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. It was the fifth time in the past eight tries that Oklahoma State has beaten the Jayhawks at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Garrett missed a 3-pointer, and Oklahoma State got the ball in a scramble and called timeout with 17.8 seconds left. Oklahoma State hosts rival Oklahoma on Saturday.
Culver leads No. 14 West Virginia from 19 down past Okla St
14 West Virginia rally from 19 down in the second half to beat Oklahoma State 87-84 on Monday night. Miles McBride scored 19 of his 21 points after halftime for the Mountaineers (9-3, 2-2 Big 12), including 14 in the final four minutes. “He loves those moments,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said of McBride, who had two fouls in 10 minutes during the first half. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys led for virtually the entire first half and well into the second. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys head out on the road to face Kansas State on Saturday.
No. 3 Iowa's date with No. 1 Gonzaga headlines Top 25 slate
The Hawkeyes followed by scoring 105 points against Iowa State and 106 points against Northern Illinois while shooting 55% and making 23 3-pointers over the two games. 13 Illinois – which tumbled seven spots in this week’s poll after losing to Missouri – visits No. 25 Michigan were the additions to this week’s poll. The Cowboys have a chance to play their way into next week’s AP Top 25 with a pair of Big 12 games. Richmond, which fell out of last week’s poll from No.
Top freshmen forge their own paths in picking schools
(AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)Many of the nation’s brightest prospects in the most recent recruiting class didn’t necessarily select the most obvious schools. In the meantime, four of the top seven players chose Oklahoma State, Southern California, Stanford and Florida State. Jerry Meyer, the director of basketball scouting at 247Sports, says he noticed this trend starting in 2015. Barnes is ranked seventh in the 247Sports Composite and played high school basketball at Montverde (Florida) Academy. He was named the California male athlete of the year and the California basketball player of the year by USA Today.
Garza, Butler headline AP preseason All-America team
Seniors Luke Garza of Iowa and Baylor's Jared Butler headline The Associated Press 2020-21 preseason All-America team. 5 in the AP preseason Top 25, in large part due to Garza’s decision to return. 2 in the AP preseason poll, highest in school history. Gonzaga was the AP preseason No. He is Arizona State’s second preseason AP All-American, with Ike Diogu in 2003-04.
Oklahoma State's Cunningham staying despite postseason ban
(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Cade Cunningham, one of the nation's top basketball recruits, has chosen to remain at Oklahoma State despite the program being banned from the 2021 postseason. The 6-foot-7 point guard was the key piece of a highly ranked class that gave fans hope that Oklahoma State would return to its past success. Oklahoma State is appealing. Stillwater, lets work.Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton has compared Cunninghams possible impact to that of Oklahomas Trae Young during the 2017-18 season. Center Yor Anei, a 6-10 center who started 25 games last season, has announced he is entering the transfer portal.