This afternoon, Oklahoma State (KenPom #24) will attempt to right the ship against Wichita State (#49), a game that will feature teams with identical 7-1 records. How will the Cowboys respond after being handed their first loss by undermanned Georgetown squad?
Who: Wichita State (7-1)
Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena; Stillwater, Oklahoma
When: 1 p.m. Central; Sunday, Dec. 8th
TV: ESPNU (Ch. 244 on Cox, Ch. 605 on AT&T, Ch. 208 on DirecTV, Ch. 141 on Dish)
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
Isaac Likekele - Questionable (illness)
Coach Marshall has led the Shockers for more than a decade, and they’ve become synonymous with regular and post-season success in recent years. Last year’s squad missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010, as they headed to the NIT with a record of 22-15. As a No. 6 seed, they made it to the semifinals before losing to No. 5 seed Lipscomb.
This year, they boast a 7-1 record with wins over relatively easy competition at this point. They’re most impressive win so far came against South Carolina (#102) in the Cancun Challenge where they won 70-47. Their lone loss of the season came the next day in the title game against West Virginia (#36), with the final score ending up 75-63 in favor of the Mountaineers.
- How will the Cowboys respond after dropping their first game of the season? Wichita State represents a solid opponent that will challenge this team to be disciplined both physically and mentally.
- Can Yor Anei stay out of early foul trouble? His presence is felt in a big way when he’s on the court, both as a defender and an offensive threat. The last few games, he’s taken himself out of the game with bad fouls and this team needs him to be on the court as much as possible.
- Does Likekele return? Without a doubt, the Cowboys missed their floor general in the last game. Defensive rotations were shaky, and I’m pretty sure Mac McClung is still hitting open shots in GIA while I type this. You’d have to think that Ice would have done a much better job containing him, but if he’s set to miss this game this as well, someone else will have to step up, especially on the defensive end.