by GT Staff | North Texas at Oklahoma State (-11, Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook): Last year, North Texas upset Oklahoma State (82-73) in Denton, Texas, so in this one, expect the Cowboys to be on their best behavior and not let the Mean Green surprise them and put an early-season damper on them.
OSU (1-0, defeated Texas-San Antonio, 76-57 in opener) runs a very unique offense designed around its roster, with four guards and 6-11 sophomore Ibrahima Thomas (6.0 PPG) up front. It will be crucial for OSU this season to have Thomas evolve into a strong presence in the paint, with rebounds and blocked shots the most important stats he can put up.
Guards James Anderson (13.3), Byron Eaton (11.5), Terrel Harris (10.5) and Obi Muonelo (9.8) can all score, and were the team’s top four point producers and give first-year coach Travis Ford a nice combination of 6-6 skill players with which to work.
North Texas (1-0, defeated Cameron 87-66 in opener) is certainly not as bad as its football brethren on campus. Led by Tristan Thompson, Josh White, Adam McCoy and Justin Howerton, the Eagles can also score and are pretty solid from three-point-land.
Expect NT to keep it close for a while, but OSU should eventually grab a 10-point lead and try and push it to 20 in the second half. Although NT is feeling okay about themselves, a win against Cameron is nothing to write home about and the revenge factor should come into play here in Stillwater. Also, in an exhibition game earlier in the month, the Mean Green was painted black by Oklahoma – similar stock as OSU – by a score of 94-39, a 55-point blowout that reveals the conference class mismatch. Put your chaps on. OKLAHOMA STATE -11.