The Oklahoma State Cowboys just came off an emotional victory at home against the rival Oklahoma Sooners that forced a lackluster performance against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Here are the keys to their next matchup on the road against Arkansas:
Key Player, Oklahoma State: Tavarius Shine (G/F)
Shine has thrived for the Cowboys in recent wins as a standout defender. On offense, however, he has mainly reserved to being a finesse player (4 pts, 1 ast, 3 reb @ TTU).
A key component in the guide to OK State’s success Saturday will be creating for Shine on offense. He will play tough on the defensive side of the ball. But once the Poke offense can get Shine’s three point shot going they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Key Player, Arkansas: Daryl Macon (G)
The reserve guard for Arkansas was practically their hero Tuesday night at Georgia.
A splurge of clutch three-pointers by Macon in a 2OT game led the Razorbacks past the Bulldogs. Daryl Macon also summoned 25 points coming off the bench that game, giving the Oklahoma State Cowboys a real challenge defensively.
If the key player for the Cowboys delivers where he usually does, this shouldn’t become much of a problem.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma State- 90, Arkansas- 82 (Final/OT)
Both of these Basketball squads are coming off very close and low-scoring wins and losses, respectively. That should be enough of a hint that both teams will hit the ground running on Saturday.
Oklahoma State should mostly fulfill their call to score and stop what works for the Razorbacks, but the Razorbacks will want to spoil that party and take this matchup to overtime.
While Arkansas will do their part at home, Oklahoma State has more reason to be awake after their tough loss and should take home a crucial victory on the road. Go Pokes!