OSU Left Out of Preseason AP Top 25 Men's College Basketball Poll

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The Big 12 had five ranked teams. OSU was not one of them.

Seems almost like a clickbait title. There’s no reason this is a surprise to anyone. There’s no Cade on the roster this year, no preseason buzz that they would even make the NCAA tourney. And for basketball, preseason rankings don’t matter much.

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To be honest, regular season rankings in basketball don’t matter much.
Yeah, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

Nice to see Creighton in the top ten.
I think it’s going to take a super star coach eventually taking the job at OSU and then big name recruits will hopefully want to play for him, regardless of the school he is at. Of course, this kind of dreaming is before NIL became factor. So I don’t know what the answer is to getting the Cowboys back on track to become relevant in basketball again.

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The Gundy approach could work. You find unhyped talents and coach them up into a unit better than the sum of its parts. Then again, NIL seems like less of a factor in basketball. If you’re REALLY good, you’re going to be a millionaire after one year, does it matter if you get a Kia Sorento for thar one year?

Edit: And are as many boosters willing to pay as much money to be good in basketball as they are to be good in football? I know there are gymnasts and wrestlers getting NILs, but I would venture to say those are more in the spirit of NIL than just underhandedly paying a player to attend.

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Some of these kids who are high school top talent have egos the size of their talent. To them, the type of car does matter. They take it as a sign of disrespect if some other star gets a better brand car than they are offered. They carry over that attitude into the NBA when it comes to the size of their contract. Just one more way NIL is ruining college sports.

And maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world if you get the kid who is mature enough to think long term.