Oklahoma State hasn't been to the NCAA tournament in three seasons, but is already looking formidable behind a pair of emerging stars and a suffocating defense.
The 20th-ranked Cowboys - part of the Top 25 for the first time since 2007 - face Portland State on Sunday seeking their 38th win in the last 39 non-conference home games.
Oklahoma State (4-0) capped off its trip to the Puerto Rico Tipoff with an impressive 76-56 win over then-No. 6 N.C. State in the championship game last Sunday. The Cowboys defeated Akron and Tennessee before upsetting the Wolfpack and are in position for their first 5-0 start since 2009.
"They have a lot of great players," tournament MVP Marcus Smart said of N.C. State. "And we just knew we were gonna have to come out, be ready and play hard."
Smart had 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals and four blocked shots in the title game.
"I could feel it. I could sense I was hot and my teammates got me the ball and it got us going."