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Preview: Oklahoma State tips off season against Oral Roberts

The Cowboys’ 2019-2020 journey starts against the Golden Eagles in Gallagher-Iba.

NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-Texas Christian vs. Oklahoma State Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been quite a bit of hype regarding this upcoming season. Wednesday night’s game is the first step in seeing if they will live up to the hype. Mike Boynton and his team have a starting line up that features all five returning starters and three seniors in Cameron McGriff, Thomas Dziagwa and Lindy Waters that are ready to help lead their young teammates.


Who: Oral Roberts (0-0)

Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena; Stillwater, Oklahoma

When: 7 p.m. Central; Wednesday, Nov.6

TV: ESPN+

Web Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network / TuneIn

Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com

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Injury Report:

Oklahoma State:

NA

ORU:

NA


Projected Starters:

Oklahoma State:

ORU:

No.10|Sam Kearns|G|6-1Sr.|San Antonio, Texas

No.12 |R.J. Fuqua|G |5-11|RSo.|Tulsa, Okla.

No.23|Emmanuel Nzekwesi|F|6-8| RSr.|Trophy Club, Texas

No.2|Deondre Burns|G|6-3|Sr.|Yazoo City, Miss.

No.0| Kevin Obanor|F|6-8|RSo.| Houston, Texas

The Opponent:

NCAA Basketball: Oral Roberts at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden Eagles were 11-21 last year and went 7-9 in the Summit League. They are an experienced team with eight returners from 2018 including red shirt senior Emmanuel Nzekwesi. He lead the team with 14.8 points per game last season. They also return Kevin Obanor who as a freshman was the second leading scorer last season. The Golden Eagles made it to the quarterfinals of the Summit League tournament. They were picked third in the Summit League preseason poll. This team has some experience and that could help them in possibly their toughest environment this season. They will be matched up with an OSU squad that returns their entire starting line-up from last season so a roster with 5 returners this year could help them keep it close.

3 Things to Watch:

Second Year Progression:

Isaac Likekele and Yor Anei are important members of this team. I want to see how they’ve grown over the summer. I think it’ll be interesting to find out what Likekele learned this summer with team USA and how he puts that to use in game action. Boynton has shown some propensity for player development and I’m curious to see how that plays out for Anei.

Young talent:

This team is STACKED with young talent. Avery Anderson, Hidde Roessink, the Boone twins. This team is energetic and this game will be a good one to see exactly where they're at. In addition to that, it should be one to get their confidence up. I like what I’ve seen so far from all of these guys. The energy they bring is something that was lacking last year. While people were excited about Kalib Boone he pleasantly surprised me in the exhibition game. He shot well scoring 11 points off of the bench and had 6(!!!) blocks. Having someone to come in for Anei is going to be huge for the Cowboys. I think in tonight’s game it’s going to be important for Boynton to get the young guys some minutes. I’m curious to see them in a real rotation in real game action.

Will GIA Awaken?:

With the team having some special visitors this evening, how is the crowd? Is the student section packed? Is the crowd rocking and rolling?

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