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Oklahoma State vs Tulsa Basketball Preview: Stay Cool Tulsa, Seriously

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Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa

 

8:00PM
Tulsa, Oklahoma
BOK Center

Television — CBS College Sports
Satellite Radio — SiriusXM 158


Let's all hope that the Tulsa has cooled off a bit since the last time we saw them. The Golden Hurricane shot lights out last year during a battle at the Reynolds Center and dealt the Cowboys their biggest loss of the season in a 86-65 rout.

Now when I say they were hot, they were hot. Like hotter than this hot. The Golden Hurricane made 9 of 16 from 3 and shot 55% overall. James Anderson was held to a season low of 10 points and the Cowboys never got going. Simply put, Tulsa was on fire on could not be stopped. It was their biggest game of the year and they made the most of it.

Can it happen again? Maybe. It's still their biggest game of the year and although it's not at the Reynolds Center, it's right down the street at the BOK Center.

The Golden Hurricane come into this game with 4 wins and 3 losses. They've lost 3 games by a combined 14 points, so to say they are a competitive team would be an understatement. They are led by local pro wrestling star  6'4 Guard Justin Hurtt, who led Tulsa with 21 points in last year's game. He's averaging 17.6 points game this season and will be a handful for the Cowboy guards to contain.

The Hurricane are coming off a tough 69-67 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday where they gave up a 15 point lead.

Head coach Doug Wojick summed it up with the following quote.

 "It's a shame and it's disappointing. Everyone put so much time into everything ... we're a so-so team right now. We just hurt ourselves with a big game against Oklahoma State on Wednesday." 

Oklahoma State comes in to this game 7-1 off a double overtime win on the road at tricky mid major LaSalle.

Marshall Moses has emerged as the leader of this team and comes off a huge game with 30 points and 18 rebounds.

What has been most impressive over the last 6 games is the Cowboy defense. The Cowboy's have held 6 of their last 7 opponents to less than 59 points. Much of this success can be attributed to compete dominance on the boards. The Cowboys have out rebounded their opponents by an average of almost 10 boards a game. They are also averaging almost 35 points in the paint which is 18 better than their opponents.

All of Tulsa's guards are 6'4, and that could present a challenge for Ray Penn and Keiton Page.

It will be a good test for Oklahoma State, as they prepare for the daunting task of Big 12 play.