Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (0), left center, covers his head late in the second half of a first-round game against Michigan in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 17, 2017. Michigan defeated Oklahoma State 92-91. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Oklahoma State may never forget the day it scored 91 points, shot 54.7 percent form the field, had a 40-21 rebounding edge _ and still lost in the NCAA Tournament.
Chalk it up as another chapter in a rugged season.Coach Brad Underwood became the third coach in Big 12 history to take over a team with a losing record and lead them to the NCAA Tourney in his first season.
And that was the easy part.
“This group has been through a lot this year,” Underwood said. “When you talk about the death of a teammate, when you talk about a trip to Maui and going 10-2 in the non-league and starting 0-6 (in the Big 12) and then a great run to turn it around, I think it speaks volumes to the character of this locker room.”
Tyrek Coger died last summer after a 40-minute workout on the football stadium stairs in July. The cause of death was later determined to be an enlarged heart.