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Oklahoma State Basketball Preview | Nebraska Cornhuskers

M. Hofeld

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Oklahoma State vs. Nebraska

Tip: 6:00 PM (Central)

Location: Sanford Pentagon (Sioux Falls, SD)

TV: Big Ten Network

An Old Rival 

The last time Oklahoma State and Nebraska met on the basketball court the Cowboys walked away with the 2011 Big 12 championship. OSU has played 117 games against the Huskers and although Nebraska leads the all-time series 63-53, the Cowboys have won five of the last six meetings. 

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Oklahoma State’s schedule to start the season has been nothing short of brutal. CBS Sports ranks the Cowboys schedule as the fifth hardest nationally, while the official NCAA N.E.T. has OSU ranked 11th in strength of schedule. KenPom has the OSU schedule at No. 31 nationally. Sunday will be OSU’s seventh game away from home and its fifth game against a team ranked or receiving votes in the top-25. Eight of OSU first 10 opponents are currently listed No. 123 or better in the KenPom rankings.

The Pokes are hoping that the tough schedule is preparing them for conference play. 

Free Points!

Lindy Waters currently leads the NCAA in free throw percentage with a clip of 96.7 percent. The junior is 29-of-30 from the stripe this season, which has his career mark up to 80.7 percent.

Lindy Waters currently leads the NCAA in free throw percentage with a clip of 96.7 percent. The junior guard is 29-of-30 from the stripe this season, which has his career mark up to 80.7 percent.

Scouting The Huskers

With victories over the likes of Clemson, Illinois and Creighton,
Nebraska is off to an 8-2 start to the season. The Huskers are holding their opponents to an average of just 59.6 points per game, ranking them 13th nationally is scoring defense. They are also 18th in opponent field goal percentage, holding teams to just 37.6% shooting from the floor. 

 KenPom ranks the Husker defense seventh nationally in effective field goal defense and 37th in defensive efficiency, and they’re holding opponents to 41.4 percent shooting on 2-point field goal attempts, which ranks ninth in the country.

Nebraska ranks 19th nationally in offensive efficiency led by James Palmer (18.7 ppg), Isaac Copeland (14.9 ppg) and Glynn Watson (14.4 ppg). 

Team Leaders

Junior forward Cameron McGriff leads four OSU players averaging double figures in scoring. The Grand Prairie, Texas native is averaging 14.1 points per game, followed by Thomas Dziagwa (11.9 PPG), Lindy Waters (11.9 PPG) and Michael Weathers (10.3 PPG). 

McGriff also leads the team in rebounding, pulling down an average of seven boards per game. 

The Pokes are averaging 72 points per game this season while holding opponents to an average of 69.1 points per game.  

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