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Preview: Short-handed Oklahoma State visits Iowa State

The Cowboys are down to only nine players.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State at Iowa State

Who: Iowa State (10-2)

Where: Hilton Coliseum; Ames, Iowa

When: 5 p.m. Saturday


Live Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network / TuneIn

Live Stats:

Three things to watch for

  1. How does Boynton handle the lineup changes?

This will be Oklahoma State’s first game since Wednesday’s dismissals of redshirt sophomore Michael Weathers and freshmen Maurice Calloo and Kentrevious Jones. The Cowboys only have eight scholarship players and nine total. How will head coach Mike Boynton adjust his team now? How much playing time will Trey Reeves and Luke Majors see?

2. What’s OSU’s mindset after the off the court distractions this week?

Filling in playing time for three players is no easy task that brings pressure on the entire team. While the starting lineup was not impacted, knowing they’re going to have to start contributing more must be somewhat nerve-wracking. Weathers is the biggest statistical loss as he averaged 9.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Where will that production come from now?

3, Fouls

With the Cowboys as thin as they are, they’re going to have be super careful about any player getting into foul trouble. They simply don’t have enough bodies to spare. Yor Anei is going to be someone to watch when it comes to this. He’s going to have to learn to block without the other player drawing the foul.

Injury Report

Oklahoma State: None

Iowa State: Solomon Young (groin)

Projected Starters

Oklahoma State

Iowa State

G - Tyrese Haliburton (Jr.)

G - Talen Horton-Tucker (So.)

G - Nick Weiler-Babb (Sr.)

G - Marial Shayok (Sr.)

F - Michael Jacobson (Jr.)

The Opponent

The Cyclones have beaten both Kansas and Texas Tech since they last played the Cowboys. However, in that same time they’ve lost to Baylor and Kansas State. Needless to say, ISU isn’t the most consistent team. Marial Shayok is averaging 19.2 points per game while going 51 percent from the field. The Cyclones are without Solomon Young for the rest of the season due to a groin injury.

As a team they’re shooting 47.8 percentage and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc. Both teams were pretty evenly matched the last time in ISU’s 69-63 win, and they still look that way now.