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OSU Basketball: Previewing Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa

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Oklahoma State faces the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday afternoon. Coming off a tough road loss to Maryland blowing a late lead, they will look to get back on track on the road against a middling Tulsa team.

Here is how you can watch the game, along with some key matchups to watch and our picks for the game.

Viewing information

Time: 4:00 p.m.

TV: CBS Sports Network

Location: Donald Reynolds Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Matchup to watch

The Oklahoma State backcourt against Jaleel Wheeler. Tulsa’s 6’4 junior guard leads the Golden Hurricanes with 13.8 points per game, and will be a tough matchup for a lot of teams this year. The Cowboys have done a surprisingly good job early in this season with their on-the-ball pressure this season, and they’ll need to pressure Wheeler and PG Sterling Turpin to take them off their game and disrupt the Tulsa offensive sets. -Sam Aldrich

For as good as OSU’s backcourt has been, I think the difference in this one will be how TU can handle Lucas N’Guessan and Cam McGriff on the offensive boards. N’Guessan has rounded into shape and, even though he won’t be relied on as an offensive threat, he’s buttered his bread and emerged as a very good second-chance center and rim protector. If he can impose his will down low I think OSU will have a big advantage, because Jawun Evans and Phil Forte is a clear net positive in the backcourt. – Kyle Boone

Bold prediction

Phil Forte gets back on track today. Phil struggled mightily against Maryland, going 3-16 from the field, including 2-10 from 3. Talented teams with a lot of length at the guard spot give Phil issues, but against Tulsa, he should have an opportunity to get open and get a enough separation to have a big day. Phil’s going for at least 20. –Sam Aldrich

I think Jawun goes for 40 today. –Kyle Boone

Odds and Picks

Odds: OSU -6.5

Sam: OSU -6.5

I think Oklahoma State covers. Tulsa is just 4-3 on the season, and is coming off a nice win against a Missouri Valley Conference opponent (Illinois State). But Oklahoma State has had a week off after a brutal stretch of games in Maui (UConn, North Carolina, and Georgetown) and at Maryland against a very talented Mark Turgeon-coached Terrapin squad. Oklahoma State will overwhelm Tulsa on the defensive end, cause turnovers, and win by double digits.

Kyle: OSU -6.5

I too think OSU will cover the spread in this one. Their road loss to Maryland was a sure frustrating point, given the blown lead. And I would bet that Underwood has his guys fired up and ready to roll against Tulsa.

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