BASKETBALL GAMETHREAD: Oklahoma State at West Virginia

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The last time the Cowboys visited Morgantown things didn't turn out so great. Here's hoping Smart and Company can bring home their first conference road win of this season.

You can check out West Virginia's game stats courtesy of ESPN, and my responses to Smoking Muskets' Q&A can be found here.

The Mountaineers come in with a 10-5 (2-0) record, but have yet to post a win over what would be considered a decent opponent.

Eron Harris (18.5 ppg), Juwan Staten (16.8), Terry Henderson (11.3), and Devin Williams (9.9) are responsible for 70% of West Virginia's 81 ppg.

Huggins employs a 9 player rotation, and rebounding is spread out across the group with only Williams (7.7) and Staten (6.1) averaging more than 5 rpg for a team that averages 37 rpg.

For perspective, Smart (17.5), Brown (17.1), Nash (13.2), and Forte (12.5) are also responsible for 70% of OSU's 86 ppg. Ford also employs a 9 player rotation, but Soucek logs less than 5 minutes, and Ford hasn't figured out who else to give consistent minutes to. This means 7 players are responsible for the bulk of the game, and that shows in the rebounding numbers, with 4 players averaging 5+ rpg, one other with 4 rpg, and no other player averages more than 2 for the Cowboys, who pull down 38 rpg.

The game is carried by the Big 12 Network, which means you need to look for an affiliate of Fox Sports (in the Northeast, MSG+ is showing the game). The game will definitely be carried in Oklahoma, you just have to find it.

If you don't live in an area where radio carries the game, and you have a subscription, you can listen to Hunziker and Holcomb here.

This could be a bit of a test for OSU, as KenPom assigns a 65% confidence rating to their prediction of an 80-76 Cowboy victory.

80 points seems to be an important number in this game. WVU has only broken 80 once in their 5 losses, and OSU has only allowed two opponents to score over 80 (Memphis, Purdue), both wins. The Cowboys scored 68 & 71 in their two losses, so if the score hangs around 70 Ford and crew could be in trouble.

The only common opponent is Purdue, with OSU prevailing 97-87 on a neutral court in a game that wasn't that close, while West Virginia dropped their contest at home 73-70.

Here's the #Okstate Twitter feed, and as always join us in the comments below.


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