Teams: Syracuse Orange (3-1, 0-1) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0, 0-0)
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 27 at 7 pm ET
Location: Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, NY
Extended Forecast: High of 57 and cloudy.
The Line: No line at current, though ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Syracuse a 53.4% chance to win.
Radio: Cuse.com, TK 99/105, WAER 88.3
Rivalry: 2-3, Oklahoma State
Current Streak: 2, OKSU
First Meeting: In 1986, Syracuse defeated Oklahoma State 73-62 with a team featuring Derrick Coleman, Sherman Douglas, and Howard Triche in the starting lineup. Greg Monroe led Syracuse in scoring for the game with 20 points.
Last Meeting: Syracuse lost a close one, 72-68 in 2006. Demetris Nichols led the way for the Orange with 26 points, but couldn’t overcome hot shooting from Jameson Curry and Mario Boggan, who combined for 41 points.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Jim Boeheim (44th year; 1,049-380 at SU) | Oklahoma State - Mike Boynton Jr. (3rd Year, 40-35 at Oklahoma State)
Coach Bio: Mike Boynton Jr. took over in 2017 and had an instant impact, going 21-15 in his first season, with top 25 wins over Florida State, Oklahoma, Kansas (twice), West Virginia, and Texas Tech. Unfortunately, those big wins couldn’t offset a middling 18-13 regular season, and they narrowly missed out on an NCAA tournament birth.
Last Year: Oklahoma State finished just 12-20 and 5-13 in conference in an incredibly competitive Big 12. They had only a single top 25 win against LSU.
Last Game: Oklahoma State beat Western Michigan 70-63. They were led by Yor Anei, Isaac Likekele, and Thomas Dziagwa who combined for 34 of the teams points. Yor had an impressive all-around game, adding 12 rebounds and five blocks.
”Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: There are three players who could go here, but I’m going to go with the big man, Yor Anei, who is averaging 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and an impressive 3.4 blocks per game. That’s tied for 8th best in the nation.
I’m picking Yor because he could be a nightmare matchup for our bigs on the inside. Yor is a solid 6-foot-10, 240 lbs of all muscle. I think he will be featured prominently in the OKSU offense, especially if their guards are able to penetrate the top of the zone and find him for easy buckets in the paint. Yor is shooting over 56 percent from the field, but doesn’t have much range, so it will be interesting to see how he is guarded in the post.
My gut feeling is that he will be a handful down low on offense and also will lock down the middle defensively. This will make our drives to the hoop much more challenging and allow OKSU’s other four to hedge out on the shooters. That could lead to a long night for ‘Cuse if contested shots aren’t dropping.
If Syracuse Wins: A really good win. Oklahoma State is the first true test since the Virginia game to open the season. A strong showing by the Orange would go a long way to build team confidence, but would also be a quality OOC win to help pad our resume for the NCAA Tournament.
If Syracuse Loses: Not nearly as impactful as a loss to any of the last four opponents. Oklahoma State is a P5 program that has looked great on the defensive end this year. It remains to be seen if they are equipped enough offensively to compete in the Big 12, but they will be a challenge for a young Syracuse basketball squad.
Fun Fact 1: It’s been 23 years since former Oklahoma State guard Doug Gottlieb was kicked out of Notre Dame for credit card fraud. Why does this matter? It doesn’t. But it’s Doug Gottlieb. He’s earned the privilege of being trolled at every opportunity.
Fun Fact 2: One of Oklahoma State’s players on this year’s roster is Trey Reeves, son of Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, who played six seasons for the Vancouver Grizzlies in the NBA. Before you get too excited, Trey is only 6-foot-4 and has played just two minutes this season.