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Preview: South Florida vs. OSU

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Vitals

Tip: 8:00 PM
Location: Stillwater, OK
TV: ESPNU (Cox OKC – 253 | Cox Tulsa – 253 | Suddenlink – 503 | DirecTV – 208 | Dish – 141)
Online Stream: here
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
Online radio: here
Announcers: Mitch Holthus and Matt Doherty
Line: OSU -10.5

Records

Cowboys – 5-1
Bulls – 5-2

Best win

Cowboys – NC State (KenPom: #28)
Bulls – Georgia (KenPom: #110)

Worst loss

Cowboys – Virginia Tech (KenPom: #67)
Bulls – Western Michgan (KenPom: #212)

KenPom rank

Cowboys – #30
Bulls – #95

Data nerds

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Adj. efficiency – Points per 100 possessions (adjusted for quality of opponent and site of game).
Adj. tempo – Possessions per game (adjusted for schedule and pace of other team).
Effective FG % – Takes into account extra value of 3s.
Turnover % – Turnovers divided by possessions.

Three things to watch

1. Big crowd – This is OSU’s first (real) home game since winning the Puerto Rico tournament. Ford is all in on the “bring the rowdy back” thing, a phrase I don’t really understand [stops post to design t-shirt], and I hope it works. This team could use 2-3 wins from what’s been a recently lackluster showing at home. Tonight, with a Big East team in town, will go a long way in showing whether or not they’re going to get it.

2. Cobbins factor – Mike Cobbins only played seven minutes in Blacksburg but he should get more minutes in his second game back from a broken toe. Will he fit seamlessly into what’s been a pretty unselfish offense or will he need a few more games to get in the swing of things?

3. Forte’s response – Phil Forte had his first horrific shooting performance of the season last time out (1-10 from three, 2-11 overall) — will he come back with a more efficient performance or will the frosh let it seep into his head? Tune in tonight to find out.

Predictions

Cowboys 72-67

  • Pokes

    If I am reading the map on watchespn.com correctly, the entire game is blacked out in the lower 48 (i.e., we can’t watch the game if we don’t have espnU).  Is this correct?  If so, weak sauce…