Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys cleared to resume all activities, including Saturday's game against Baylor
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball team resumed practice Thursday afternoon following a week-long pause due to COVID-19.
And they got clearance Friday afternoon to play No. 2-ranked Baylor on Saturday, a source told The Oklahoman.
Last Friday, OSU shut down all team activities following a positive COVID-19 test and contact tracing. That led to the postponement of the first Bedlam matchup of the season.
OSU’s game earlier this week against West Virginia was already postponed due to the Mountaineers’ own issues with COVID-19.
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Now, the Cowboys face a tough challenge against the Bears, who are undefeated and a heavy favorite to make the Final Four.
There could be rust for a team that won three of its past four games, including a big upset of then No. 6-ranked Kansas.
But OSU worked hard the past week to keep players engaged. Players were allowed to work out inside Gallagher-Iba Arena individually.
“There’s no doubt this is going to pose a great challenge and probably one that’s more complicated by us not having an opportunity to really practice for a while,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said earlier this week. “But our guys will be ready. I think we’ll be ready to compete. How well we’ll play is anyone’s guess. But I feel good that our guys will be excited for the opportunity to play against one of the premier teams in college basketball.”