The Oklahoma State Cowboys have started off their season with a solid 7-1 record. As they enter the meat of their season, however, we will see what Coach Mike Boynton’s squad is really made of.
Oklahoma State will play 6 games between today and January the 4th of 2018. 3 of those matchups should be extremely exciting for the Cowboy Faithful. Without further ado, here they are:
3. vs. (6) Wichita State, Saturday 12/9
The Cowboy Basketball team takes a big step up in competition in just about a week. When they play the high-flying Shockers of Wichita State this coming weekend, they will certainly maintain a gauge of where they stand versus the most elite teams in College Basketball.
The Shockers have also started off the season with just one loss, but like the Cowboys will also be looking to establish themselves with a strong win.
Wichita State’s last big game came against a streaking program in Notre Dame during the Maui Invitational in which they were dropped by just 1 point, 67-66.
However, they also downed number 16 Baylor by 7 points on the road just a few days later.
The Pokes will have to hope Mitchell Solomon can start with some early defense down low. That should not be a problem, but for Wichita State, Shaquille Morris has been absolutely dominating at the center position.
2. vs. (18) West Virginia, 12/29
The start of the Big 12 season. This will be an intriguing matchup regardless, as West Virginia’s senior guard Jevon Carter has been producing an astounding 19 points per game and shooting about 91% from the charity strike.
Between the combination of Carter, Daxter Miles Jr., and James Bolden, Oklahoma State will have a tough guard trio to deal with. If Oklahoma State can slow down their pressure without fouling, the Cowboys’ 3-point shooters should win the day.
1. @ Oklahoma, 1/3
Less than a week later, the Pokes will take part in this year’s first edition of Basketball Bedlam. Playing on the road will make it a hostile environment for the Cowboys.
The Sooners are currently 5-1 with their one loss coming against Arkansas to start off the season.
For the Sooners, Trae Young has been outstanding. He comes into the week averaging 28.8 points per game, with almost 9 assists and 3.7 rebounds. Young has also shot a very respectable percentage from everywhere on the floor.
The Pokes will need to focus on “stopping the star” for this (and the other two) game exclusively. If the Cowboys can restrain Trae Young and prevent a high scoring affair, they can use their balanced attack on offense to the most of their benefit.