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Preview: Oklahoma State vs. Campbell Camels

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports


Tonight marks the "official" start of the Brad Underwood era of Oklahoma State University Cowboys basketball.

This season, Dustin and I will be doing a short preview for every game. They will obviously get longer when we jump into conference play. But, without further ado, here are the quick hits for Campbell Camels vs. OSU Cowboys.

Camels (0-0, 0-0 Big South) vs. Cowboys (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, OK

TV: Fox College Sports - Pacific

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network / Tunein

Stream: (requires provider login)

After dismantling Pittsburg State 117-64 in the exhibition game, Brad Underwood looks to get his first official win as the coach of the Cowboys - the 90th of his career.

The Opponent

Following a 12-18 season (5-13 Big South), the Camels are looking to improve. Most of their offense filters through last year’s Big South Conference freshman of the year Chris Clemmons. Last year, Clemmons averaged 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. As Phillip said in his season preview,

3 Big Things

Play clean defense.

According to OSU Sports Extra, the Camels averaged 23 free throw attempts per game last season. Due to all the free throw attempts, 23.1 percent of Campbell’s points came at the stripe. By playing clean defense, OSU will cut down on almost a quarter of Campbell’s points.

2. Take advantage of Campbell’s poor defense.

Last year, Campbell ranked 320th in the country in defense, allowing 53.5 effective field goal percentage. Opponents shot above average on both 2s and 3s. Oklahoma State should shoot the long shot a little better than it did a year ago (32.8 percent) and could take advantage, especially with the return of sharpshooter Phil Forte III.

3. Win the turnover battle.

Last year, the Cowboys had 402 turnovers, which averaged out to 12.5 per game, putting the Cowboys at 159th best in the country. In their exhibition game, they had 15 turnovers. The Camels averaged 11.1 turnovers per game last year, 43rd best in the nation.

In their exhibition game, the Cowboys won the turnover battle 29-15. I want to see that kind of turnover margin again tonight, while also cutting down to 10 or less.

The Cowboys need to cut down on the the turnovers, especially the unforced turnovers, if they want to challenge Kansas for the Big 12 crown. Tonight is a great time to start cutting down on the turnovers in the new season.