KANSAS CITY, Mo. Word association time.
Kansas State. Shoot.
Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte: "Obviously, when you think of K-State, you think of an aggressive, physical basketball team."
Oklahoma State forward Michael Cobbins: "You've got to be careful with the ball around them. And you've just got to be mentally focused for both halves."
Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown: "They (weren't) picked high in this league. They tied for first. Man, that's a great ballclub over there."
And yet ...
Despite coming off the heels of its first Big 12 regular-season title since the Carter administration (1977) one it shared with rival Kansas the Wildcats (26-6) are almost no pundit's pick to be the last ones standing once the league tournament wraps up on Saturday night.
The Jayhawks? Hell, yes. The big dogs. Sprint Center is Phog East. It's their party. Always is. Always will be.
The Cowboys? The sexy sleeper. The o...