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 upOklahoma 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 showCharleston 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.
Oklahoma State is:
- 2-7 ATS last 9 conference games.
Trends from Covers.com: Charleston is:
- 4-1 ATS last 5 after an ATS loss.