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#641 Oklahoma State -4 vs.
#642 Charleston 143.5
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Benjamin Hayes

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Oklahoma State takes on Charleston on the road from TD Arena in South Carolina in a non-conference matchup. The Cowboys are 2-0 after defeating Oral Roberts (80-75) and Kansas City (69-51) to open the season.

The Cougars are coming off wins over South Carolina Upstate (74-55) on the road and Georgia State (84-80) at home. Last season, they fell at Oklahoma State, 70-58 as as 6-point dog.

Nowhere to go but up

Oklahoma State is coming off a miserable 12-20 season (5-13 Big 12), but the good news is that Mike Boynton will return all five starters from last season's team. The bad news is that highly-touted 6-6 freshman Marcus Watson is out indefinitely and has been suspended due to an alleged incident in his on-campus apartment on Oct. 19.

The Cowboys will rely on three returning starters led by Cameron McGriff (12.3ppg, 7.3rpg in 2018-19), Lindy Waters III (12.2ppg last year) and Thomas Dziagwa (11.7ppg last year). Sophomore Yor Anei (6-10, 225) has looked good thus far, with 13.0 points per game, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in his first two games. He led the team with 13 points against Kansas City. Defensively, the Cowboys held the Kangaroos to just 35.4% shooting from the field and outrebounded them by 15. But Oklahoma State also shot just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc. Brother Kalib (eight points, three blocks vs. KC) and Kaylan Boone (18 points in two games) have contributed thus far.

Riller runs the show

Charleston has been one of the best teams in the CAA over the last three seasons, having won an average of 25 games per year. They return just two starters this season led by senior guard Grant Riller (21.9ppg, 4.0apg), one of the premier mid-major players in the nation. Riller scored 23 points and dished out five assists on 4-of-10 shooting and 14-of-14 from the line. Brevin Galloway added 19 points for the Cougars, who were upset in the CAA semifinals last season (they hosted the tournament for three years. Charleston shot 47.2% from the field but turned it over 15 times and was outrebounded by 14.

Galloway is a 6-2, 215-pound junior, who is averaging 14.5 points in the first two games. Jaylen McManus (6-7, 235) is the prototypical burly power forward in mid-major land. He's also a good shooter, who made 51% on two's and 41% on three's last season. He's a player they need to step up for Jarrell Brantley (19.4ppg, 8.4rpg), who graduated.

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You're asking a lot for Oklahoma State to go play in Charleston after a rough season last year. North Carolina played at UNCW last week, another CAA school, but that was different. That was a trip to a state rival against a bad CAA team. This a dangerous game for the Cowboys team that doesn't really gain a lot if they win and they could hurt themselves for a potential NCAA bid. Scratch that. They won't need to worry about one. Grant Riller and company for the slight upset.

Prediction: Charleston +3.5

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Oklahoma State was an over team last year, though they went under in their first game, allowing just 51 points to KC. Charleston went over against Georgia State, but they had gone under in their four previous games. Neither team is a great three-point shooting squad. I can see Charleston slowing the pace down for the most part, but playing some junk defenses to force some turnovers. Take the under.

Prediction: Under 142.5

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It's tough for schools used to playing in front of 10,000+ going on the road and playing in front of around 5,000. The Cougars will have revenge on their minds and it's mid-majors are always jacked to beat a big-name team at home. Take the Cougars in the first half.

Prediction: Charleston +2 first half

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I see an uptempo game to start the half. Oklahoma State is listed as being 73rd in pace of play this season. Last year, Charleston was near the bottom of the nation but I think that won't matter in the first half. They'll be amped to run when it's available.

Prediction: Over 66 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!