Typically when you think of a big NCAA matchup for Oklahoma State, you think of football. But thanks to a standout back court that features a surefire lottery pick at point guard, their Men’s hoops squad is back in the national spotlight. Saturday’s road meeting against Louisiana Tech will be #7 Oklahoma State’s next opportunity to prove that their the real deal.
What to watch for: Oklahoma State’s back court of super sophomore point guard Marcus Smart and Markel Brown has been heralded as one of the absolute best in the country, and fuels the Cowboys’ high scoring offense that averages 90.4 points per game, fifth in nation. Throw in sharpshooter Phil Forte and the athleticism of G/F Brian Williams, and Oklahoma State can court a four-guard lineup that can put up buckets in bunches on just about anyone.
But Louisiana Tech has the firepower to put up points of their own, and ranks 14th nationally with 86.4 points per game of their own. Led by junior guard Raheem Appleby (16.8 ppg) and sophomore Alex Hamilton (14.3 ppg), the Bulldogs have a balanced attack capable of getting offense from a number of different players on any given night.
The difference in the game will come down to three point shooting, where the Cowboys average eight threes a game and a .410 shooting percentage, compared to 6.7 and .327 for the Bulldogs. Oklahoma State’s stars do most of their damage from long range as well, with Smart shooting a much-improved .346 from deep while Brown (.432) and Forte (.532) shooting the lights out from beyond the arc.
How to Watch
#7 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs Louisiana Tech (8-2, 0-0 C-USA)
Saturday, December the 14th
2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
At the Thomas Assembly Center
Picture Box: ESPNU
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Should I Watch
If you like your college hoops fast-paced, high-scoring, and guard dominated, then this is definitely the game for you. Louisiana Tech will have to press up on Oklahoma State’s shooters and force them off the three-point line, or they could see the Cowboys pulling away early thanks to a barrage of three-point bombs from Smart, Brown and Forte.