When most people discuss the Oklahoma State basketball program these days, the conversation inevitably revolves around surefire lottery pick Marcus Smart, and with good reason. He is one of the best five players in the country, and with that, he’s carrying the Cowboys to what should be a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. Still, Oklahoma State as a team is very formidable outside of Smart, and they are a legitimate contender in the national picture.
Unfortunately, they will likely be without one of their big men for the foreseeable future, as the team fears a torn achilles tendon for junior Michael Cobbins. The 6-foot-8 big man provides size that OSU severely lacks on the interior (it is their biggest weakness) and in 13 games (all starts), he has averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. As you can tell by that production level, Cobbins isn’t exactly a superstar, but for a team that is void of size up front, it would be a huge loss.
Head coach Travis Ford was quick to say that Cobbins hasn’t been definitively ruled out of this point (they are awaiting test results), but when you’re talking about the achilles (see Bryant, Kobe), it’s a big deal. Losing Cobbins in itself won’t cause the Pokes to evaporate as a serious contender, but it certainly won’t help their gaping hole in the middle.