2008 NIT Capsule: Oklahoma State

    
March 14th, 2008
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Oklahoma State Cowboys

Big 12 (17-15, 7-9)

 

Big Wins: 2/13 Baylor (93-83), 2/16 at Texas A&M (59-54), 2/23 Kansas (61-60)

Bad Losses: 11/14 at North Texas (73-82), 11/21 vs Illinois (49-65), 1/19 at Iowa State (66-73)

Coach: Sean Sutton

 

Probable Starters:

Byron Eaton, Junior, Guard, 11.7 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.0 spg

Obi Muonelo, Sophomore, Guard, 10.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg

James Anderson, Freshman, Guard, 13.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Marcus Dove, Senior, Forward, 9.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg

Ibrahima Thomas, Freshman, Center, 6.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg

 

Key Roleplayers:

Terrel Harris, Junior, Guard, 10.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Martavius Adams, Freshman, Center, 3.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg

 

Why They Can Surprise:

Oklahoma State will not score too many points, but they can score in a hurry. The team nabs over eight steals per game and those often lead to easy buckets for the Cowboys. Point guard Byron Eaton leads the way with 2.0 steals per contest. He is also a dynamic scorer who can hit the outside shot and is the most effective player on the team getting to the basket.

 

Guard Terrell Harris and wing Marcus Dove are always threats to grab a couple of steals too. Harris will not always start, but he is a double-digit scorer who will always give the team some much, much needed help on the glass. Dove is a very interesting player and a tough match-up for any team. The 6-9 wing can stretch the defense with his outside shooting, but he will also mix it up in the paint. However, Dove’s best asset is on the defensive end. Besides his ability to steal the ball, Dove will use his long arms to block a shot or two every game. He has to play at the power forward spot due to personnel, but he can do everything a traditional power forward does and more.

 

Why They Can Disappoint:

Dove is a decent rebounder, averaging a team high 5.8 per contest, but the same cannot be said for the rest of the frontcourt. Ibrahima Thomas is not horrible on the glass, but the 6-11 center only averages 4.1 rebounds per contest. The freshman can find himself in foul trouble quite a bit and he needs to stay on the floor longer if he wants to pick up some better numbers. The only other option up front is Maravius Adams. Another freshman, Adams is full of potential, but that potential has yet to turn into production. With so much youth in the frontcourt, OSU will continue to have problems on the glass and with their interior scoring. Luckily, they have a wing like Dove who can man the four spot or this team would be in a lot of trouble.

 

Who To Watch:

There are even more scorers in the backcourt, including the team’s leading scorer, James Anderson. The 6-6 freshman was a McDonald’s All-American last year and has already lived up to his high expectations. Over half of the shots he takes will come from behind the arc, but he can still get to the basket and finish. It would be helpful to the Cowboys if he looked for the easier shot more often instead of settling for the three, but that will come as he gains confidence. Obi Muonelo is another tall wing and dynamic scorer. Muonelo can put up some big numbers, but his consistency has been a major issue. Yet, he did score in double-digits six out of the last seven games of the regular season and that may be a good sign.

 

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 69.2 (164th in nation, 9th in conference)

Scoring Defense: 66.4 (112, 8)

Field-Goal Percentage: 43.4 (201, 11)

Field-Goal Defense: 43.9 (182, 9)

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.3 (101, 3)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.8 (174, 7)

Free-Throw Percentage: 72.1 (76, 2)

Rebound Margin: -1.3 (222, 8)

Assists Per Game: 10.8 (306, 12)

Turnovers Per Game: 15.0 (217, 11)

 

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