Column: Abysmal offense has OSU in danger of 'lost season'

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Oklahoma State is 0-4 in Big 12 Conference play. The Cowboys are averaging 48.8 points per game in those games. 

Through about two and a half seasons as the coach of the Oklahoma State men's basketball team, Mike Boynton has 42 wins under his belt.

He also has 42 losses, as his winning percentage at the helm of the Cowboys sits at exactly 50 percent after OSU's 76-64 loss at the hands of Texas on Wednesday evening at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

As the Longhorns slammed through dunk after dunk, punishing the rims that tower over Eddie Sutton court, they also outscored OSU 45-18 from 3-point range, sending home about 7,000 disappointed fans who watched yet another offensive train wreck on behalf of the Cowboys.

The Cowboys have opened Big 12 play with four straight losses and a goose egg in their conference win column, their worst conference start since the Brad Underwood season of 2016-17, and have lost seven of their past nine contests.

The difference in morale surrounding the program between around the time of Thanksgiving and today, Jan. 16, is like night and day.

OSU started the season 7-0 and averaged about 75 points per contest through the end of November, which concluded with a 14-point victory against Syracuse and a 41-point demolition of Ole Miss at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on national television.

Where OSU was at that point, heading into December before Isaac Likekele's sickness sidelined him for over a month, seems like it was in a different season than where OSU is at today.

November's Cowboys looked like they could very well notch the program's first NCAA Tournament victory since 2009.

January's Cowboys look like they might struggle to score 100 points against Stillwater High School.

The Cowboys have simply been abysmal offensively. Like, so bad that it's been difficult to watch.

OSU has nobody who consistently ignites energy into the game when the Cowboys have the ball. The Pokes tallied a disappointing 41 points against West Virginia and 40 at TCU.

In advance of hosting Baylor this weekend, who some are starting to label as the best team in the country because of a weird year across the college hoops landscape, the Cowboys seem to be in panic mode.

The issues that were expected to be fixed with the return of Likekele have not been resolved. Seniors Lindy Waters and Cameron McGriff, who recorded nine and eight points respectively against Texas, are not scoring with regularity like you'd hope to get from your most experienced scorers, and fellow team captain Thomas Dziagwa looks hopeless on defense almost every time he steps onto the floor.

If Baylor rolls into Gallagher-Iba Arena Saturday morning and beats the Cowboys by 20-plus points to drop them to 0-5 to start conference play, Boynton and OSU might be looking directly down the barrel of a lost season.

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