With just one day of preparation, Oregon State will try to not only cool off one of the hottest teams in the country when they match up against Oklahoma State, but also slow down the nation’s best individual talent in Cade Cunningham.
The Cowboys ousted a trendy Liberty squad in the Round of 64, despite an inefficient day from Cunningham, who tallied 15 points and 5 rebounds on a 3-14 shooting performance. Instead, Oklahoma State turned to guard Avery Anderson III, who totaled 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in an all-around effort that was reminiscent of what any star-in-waiting would need to do to push their team through to the next round.
Even for as well as the Beavers have been playing, knocking off the Cowboys is a monster ask. The good news for Oregon State is that head coach Mike Boynton’s group doesn’t have much depth at all, as the Cowboys really on like to rely on six main players if need be.
Wayne Tinkle’s squad will undoubtedly have more players to rotate in and more variety of styles to play in their bag. However, this is March. The goal is to survive and advance no matter who you are up against and with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen waiting,
For The Record: The Beavers lead the all-time series 5-2 over Oklahoma State, but the two squads haven’t met since back in 2014, when Oregon State fell 66-53 to the Cowboys.
- Date: Sunday, March 21st
- Time: 6:40 PM PT
- Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Indiana)
- Coverage: TBS