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Oregon St. meets Oklahoma St. tonight at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
Oregon St. meets Oklahoma St. tonight at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

Oregon St. (3-0) vs. Oklahoma St. (4-0) / MGM Grand Hotel / 5:30 PM PST / ESPN3 / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes

Oregon St. ventures into the Heavyweight bracket tonight; specifically the Heavyweight Bracket of the MGM Grand Main Event Tournaments (there's more than one tournament bracket, which won't intersect). The games will be in the MGM Grand's basketball arena, and tonight's Beaver game will be televised on ESPN3, which some may have as a subscription to their cable/satellite package, and some may be able to stream on their computer, depending on their ISP and their service package. More people won't be able to see the game than will.

It's a showdown of the OSUs, not The OSU, but both of The Other OSUs.

And a battle of unbeatens.

Oregon St. comes in off Friday night's 55-42 win over Oral Roberts (who is also in Vegas, in the Middleweight bracket), off a 12 point effort by Olaf Schaftenaar, and several second half dunks by Gary Payton II.

Oklahoma St. also won Friday night, downing Milwaukee 82-68.

It's too early to judge the Cowboys, just as it is the Beavers, based on their spotless record, because of the competition faced so far. In addition to the win over 1-3 Milwaukee, the Cowboys' most impressive win so far, their other victories came over still winless Southeast Louisiana (83-55), winless Prairie View (74-52), and Northwest Oklahoma St. (82-68), which is not an NCAA DI program.

The winner will meet the winner of the Auburn-Tulsa game, which follows at 8 PM, at 8:30 PM Wednesday evening, while the losers will meet at 6 PM Wednesday.

Oklahoma St. is led in scoring by 5'11" junior guard Phil Forte III, at 18 ppg,, and its been a consistent average, with 2 17 point games, than an 18, and then 20 in the last contest.

The Cowboys biggest presence inside is 7' junior Anthony Allen Jr., who averages 5.7 ppg, but 10 rebounds per outing. Allen will be back after setting out a suspension for the Milwaukee game after getting a flagrant 2 foul in the second half of last Tuesday's win over NW Oklahoma St.

Oklahoma St.'s most versatile player might be 6-7" swing man Le'Bryan Nash, who is 2nd on the team in scoring, rebounding, and assists, at 17.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 2.8 apg.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com