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Report: Oklahoma State Still Awaiting NCAA Decision on Tournament Ban

NCAA Basketball: Texas Christian at Oklahoma State

The Oklahoma State basketball team is on fire right now, but there’s still something lingering around the program: their appeal of their NCAA Tournament ban.

Oklahoma State received a one-year postseason ban after former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepted between $18,150 and $22,000 in bribes from two financial advisers. In addition to the postseason ban, the Cowboys received three years of probation and a $10,000 fine plus 1% of the men’s basketball program budget, which was self-imposed by the university.

On Thursday, Jon Rothstein tweeted that the Cowboys had still not heard from the NCAA regarding their appeal of its postseason ban.

 

It’s looking more and more like the NCAA will let the Cowboys play in March Madness, with the latest ESPN Bracketology moving the Pokes up to a No. 4 seed.

The Cowboys have become one of the most exciting teams in college basketball, led by Cade Cunningham, who continues to be considered the likely No. 1 NBA Draft pick this year.

The pessimist in me thinks the NCAA realizes there is a benefit to them and the Tournament to drag this thing out and let one of college basketball’s biggest stars take the court this month on their biggest stage.

Or maybe it is the NCAA’s continued incompetency. Regardless, Oklahoma State fans are waiting with baited breath to see if the other shoe drops, but as Yogi Berra famously said, “It’s getting late early.”

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