2. Oklahoma State has the thinnest rotation in the Big 12
A host of injuries, suspensions, and transfers plagued the Oklahoma State basketball program and head coach Mike Boynton this season. Oklahoma State entered the 2018-19 regular season with aspirations of at least building of the momentum of a deep run in the NIT, but was unable to do that early on.
However, Oklahoma State was looking to at least sweep the season series against Texas basketball. It was weird that the Horns fell short against the Pokes at Gallagher-Iba Arena earlier this season. The rotation was a bit deeper for Oklahoma State at the time and a handful of suspension of key players from the roster hurt them immensely.
It was evident in this game that the thin rotation for Boynton and the Pokes was going to have a major impact. Much like the theme held for Oklahoma State throughout the past month, the second half was a very difficult time. Junior Oklahoma State power forward Cameron McGriff didn’t get a single minute of rest in this game.
And, over the past few games the Pokes had to play some walk-ons that just joined the team within the past few months. Giving that type of player that should be pretty deep in the rotation for a Power Conference team in Big 12 play is going to be detrimental to the final score results. Texas took full advantage on Feb. 16.