For Oklahoma State, the Cowboys are showing why they’ve been the team to watch for all year long.
For Oregon State, the Beavers were picked to finish last to begin the year. This has been a historic year under coach Wayne Tinkle, winning their first Pac-12 Championship in school history.
Another back-and-forth offensive contest
For the Cowboys, in the Round of 64, they would get off on a run, only for Liberty to come back and make shots from the perimeter to cut it close. That might be the same thing coming for the Beavers. They’ve got shooters. Zack Reichle and Jarod Lucas are guys that could hit from deep. Their all-around athlete, Ethan Thompson, can drive, kick, shoot, all of it. The question is if the Cowboy defense could compete with this offense that’s been scorching hot as of late, which is a scary attribute in March Madness. The number of 3-pointers made have been increasing as of late, watch out for the Beavers if they get hot from deep.
In the paint
It seems like every game for the Cowboys will have tough challenges going up against the big guys. One of them in their path is 7-foot-one-inch center, Roman Silva. He arguably had the game of his life against Tennessee. Silva put up 16 points, and he’s been a guy who can give the Beavers second chance opportunities. Silva’s also been a force on the defensive side, he had three blocks in the game against the Volunteers. While Kalib Boone and Matthew Alexander-Moncrieff have had an amazing year, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle the big man who just came off his best game.
Gaining momentum in March
Usually veteran faces and coaches are the ones leading their way to the big contests, this game will be the opposite. The Cowboys, led by Mike Boynton is experiencing his first taste of the March Madness tournament. Tinkle, who leads the Beavers, are making history as the first time they’ve won the Pac-12 tournament, and they’re getting momentum at the right time. Tinkle is also coming in with a chip on his shoulder not from the present, but rather from an article on a ranking he saw from his past. “Somebody came up with this ranking of coaches in the tournament as players, and I’m a little hot under the collar that I was picked eighth, that’s disappointing some of those guys in front of me, some of them very deserving,” Tinkle said. When you get new coaches and players together in the tournament, anything can happen, it could even happen like some of these upsets we’ve seen so far, like Oral Roberts and Abilene Christian. While the Cowboys have the edge in starpower, the Beavers have themselves a resume as well, going all the way and winning their conference, and defeating a Tennessee team with scorers everywhere on the court.