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#821 Oklahoma -2.5 vs.
#822 Oregon State 143
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:30pm EST
Written by Benjamin Hayes

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Oklahoma travels to Portland, Oregon, to take on Oregon State in the Phil Knight Invitational at 11pmET on Tuesday. Both teams are 2-0 and are coming off wins against strong competition. The Sooners beat Minnesota, 71-62 from Sioux Falls, S.D. on Saturday night. OSU beat another team from the Big 12, as they defeated Iowa State, 80-74 at home on Saturday.

Sooners trying to build depth

After beating UTSA, 85-67 to open the season last Tuesday, Oklahoma had an even tougher matchup on Saturday against the Golden Gophers. The Sooners return three starters from a team that went 20-14 last season but just 7-11 in the Big 12. They were fortunate to make the NCAA Tournament and wound up making it to the second round. They have three returning starters led by 6-9 junior forward Brady Manek (12.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 35.8% 3pt). Six-foot-seven Kristian Doolittle (11.3ppg, 7.1rpg) and 6-5 sophomore Jamal Bieniemy (4.9ppg) are the only other returning contributors. That's right, the Sooners basically had to bring in seven new players and rely on two others who redshirted last season.

One of those who redshirted was 6-5 guard Austin Reaves, who began his career at Wichita State. He averaged 8.1 points and shot 42.5% from 3-point range as a Shocker. Reaves had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win over Minnesota. The Sooners, who were led by Manek (17pts, 10rebs), were down by as many as eight points in the second half. They used a 23-4 run to overcome the Gophers and shot just 23% from the field in the first half. Fortunately, they made 16 of 26 shots in the second half and held Minnesota to just four baskets in the final 12 minutes.

Trinkle leads a Beavers squad that could be headed to NCAA's?

Head coach Wayne Tinkle needs to win after going 75-83 in is five years in Corvallis. Fortunately for him, his son Tres (20.8ppg, 8.1rpg) decided to return to Oregon State instead of turning pro. Assistant coach Stephen Thompson's son Ethan (13.7ppg, 5.0rpg) also decided to come back and now the Beavers could be on the verge of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016 and just the second time since 1990.

Tres Tinkle helped lead the Beavers to a close win over Iowa State from Gill Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. He scored 27 points with 11 rebounds and hit two treys in the final two minutes. Kylor Kelley added 15 points and seven boards for Oregon State, who shot 49.2% from the field and made 12-of-21 (57.1%) from beyond the arc. One concern was at the foul line, where the Beavers shot just 10 of 17 (58.8%). One thing that Wayne Tinkle could be concerned about is a bench that provided just 11 points.

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This is about Oregon State's experience against Oklahoma's inexperience beyond three players. It also helps that OSU is playing in their home state and the Cowboys have to travel a bit. Expect Tinkle to get open and stroke threes all night against the Sooners, who will need a bunch of freshmen and transfers to step up. This game is more important for the Beavers to show that they can beat another quality Big 12 team to give them confidence in the Pac-12. When you look at trying to make the NCAA Tournament, these early wins do mean something. Take the Beavers.

Prediction: Oregon State +1

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Oklahoma is usually going to play pretty good defense under Kruger. But with so many new players in the rotation, defense may take some time to jell. Especially against a shooter like Tinkle. Oregon State has averaged 83.5 points in their first two games, while shooting a sizzling 46.3% from three-point range. Oklahoma is more of an under team but they won't be able to dictate the pace in Portland. Oregon State i s 4-1 Over their last 5 games.

Prediction: Over 142

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This is going to be a fun game to watch. Oregon State is basically at home, so they should have most of the crowd on their side. That will give them a boost in the first half.

Prediction: Oregon State +1/2 first half

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This is is a very low total for this game at the half. Both have talented players, led by Tinkle and Manek. Expect the first half to be in the high 30's.

Prediction: Over 65 1/2 first half
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Written By Benjamin Hayes

Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!