Although Oklahoma State might not be one of the first schools that come to mind when you think about college basketball, the Cowboys have a very rich history. Most notably, the Cowboys home court, Gallagher-Iba Arena, is the oldest college basketball venue in the nation dating back to 1938. Oklahoma State also has a strong NCAA Tournament history with back-to-back championships in 1945 and 1946 under head coach Henry Iba when the school was called Oklahoma A&M. Oklahoma A&M was the first school to win two NCAA Tournaments.
After struggling to make the make the NCAA Tournament with only one appearance since 1965, Oklahoma State hired former Cowboys basketball star Eddie Sutton as the new head coach in 1990. During Sutton’s tenure from 1990-2006, the Cowboys had an overall record of 368-151 and made 13 NCAA Tournaments. These 13 NCAA Tournament berths included two Final Four appearances in 1995 and 2004. In 2005, the court in Gallagher-Iba Arena was officially named Eddie Sutton Court.
Oklahoma State Cowboys Recent NCAA Tourament History
In 2013, Oklahoma State made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010. Their drastic turnaround after finishing with a losing record in 2011-2012 was in large thanks to a strong recruiting class that was highlighted by freshman Marcus Smart. The Cowboys received an at-large bid as the #5 seed in the Midwest Region and were upset by the #12 seed Oregon Ducks in the first game by a score of 68-55. When all of their stars returned the next season, the Cowboys were a trendy preseason Final Four pick. However, the Cowboys struggled through conference play and received an at-large bid as the #9 seed in the West Region. The Cowboys lost to the #8 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs 85-77.