Following a magical run to the Sweet 16 last season, Oral Roberts has gotten off to a rough start this season with losses in both of its games against Division I teams and will look to bounce back on Friday against in-state foe Oklahoma State.
Max Abmas has been off the mark so far this season after leading the country with 24.5 points per game last season, logging 17.8 ppg so far. Kevin Obanor, who helped him out with 18.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, transferred to Texas Tech in the offseason.
Oklahoma State is a team that embraces the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Nobody on the team is averaging more than 10.3 ppg but nine players contribute at least 6.5 ppg, all while not relying on the 3-point shot.
Just 20 percent of Oklahoma State’s points are coming from made 3-pointers, which is 345th out of 358 Division I teams. And the Cowboys rank fourth in the country in steals generated on a per-possession basis.
With Oral Roberts rating 351st in the country in points allowed on a per-possession basis while Oklahoma State ranks seventh, the Cowboys will continue Oral Roberts’ grim return to reality.
The play: Oklahoma State, -10.