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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Oregon St. vs Oklahoma St.
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, November 24, 2014
Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada

Oregon State, off to its second 3-0 start since 2000, looks for its first signature win under new coach Wayne Tinkle when the Beavers face Oklahoma State on Monday in the MGM Grand Main Event in Las Vegas. The Cowboys have won their first four games by an average of 27.5 points, but the competition has included the likes of Southeastern Louisiana and Prairie View A&M. They’ll likely receive a tougher test from Oregon State, which is holding opponents to 52.7 points per game.

Cowboys senior center Michael Cobbins made his season debut in Friday’s 82-68 win over Milwaukee and provided an immediate spark with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 32 minutes. Cobbins, who missed the final 21 games last season with an Achilles injury and this season’s first three games due an NCAA ruling, ranks seventh in school history with 114 career blocks. On Monday he’ll need to contend with Oregon State’s 6-10 forward Olaf Schaftenaar, who has displayed an improved low-post game early this season.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT OREGON STATE (3-0): Schaftenaar had 12 points in a 55-42 win over Oral Roberts on Friday, when the Beavers used a zone defense to hold the Golden Eagles to 20.9 percent shooting. “Our guys have really bought into our zone,” Tinkle told reporters. “Our guys made (Oral Roberts) grind for each and every look.” Five players are averaging between nine and 11.7 points for the balanced Beavers, including 6-3 junior guard Gary Payton II, who is averaging 10.7 points and seven rebounds and recorded four steals against Oral Roberts.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (4-0):
Sophomore guard Leyton Hammonds missed Friday’s contest with a sprained ankle and is listed as questionable to face the Beavers. Point guard Anthony Hickey is off to a strong start and senior wing Le’Bryan Nash is averaging 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Cowboys, who have shot at least 50 percent from the field in each of their last two games. Shooting guard Phil Forte scored a game-high 20 points against Milwaukee and has 17 steals through the team’s first four games.

TIP-INS

1. The teams are meeting for the first time since the 1971-72 season, with Oregon State leading the all-time series, 5-1.

2. Oklahoma State is 10-2 all-time in games played in Las Vegas.

3. Oregon State has outscored its first three opponents 122-32 in the paint.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 72, Oregon State 63
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Oregon St. 3-0 W3 3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 0-0
Oklahoma St. 4-0 W4 4-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 3-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Oregon St. Oklahoma St.
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oregon St. N/A
Oklahoma St. N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oregon St. N/A
Oklahoma St. N/A
Assists Player  
Oregon St. N/A
Oklahoma St. N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oregon St. L. Morris-Walker 35 40.6 5
Oklahoma St. P. Forte III 72 45.8 14
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oregon St. L. Morris-Walker 21 2 19
Oklahoma St. A. Allen Jr. 30 5 25
Assists Player  
Oregon St. M. Duvivier 11
Oklahoma St. A. Hickey 16
Quickchart Matchup
Oregon St. Off vs  Oklahoma St. Defense
61.0 Points For
58.3 Points Against
46.4 FG%
37.3 FG%
37.0 Reb
33.3 Reb
Oklahoma St. Off vs  Oregon St. Defense
79.7 Points For
48.0 Points Against
43.6 FG%
26.3 FG%
33.3 Reb
26.5 Reb