The fifth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, led by one of the best players in the nation in sophomore Marcus Smart, will take the court on Thursday against the undefeated and 5-0 Purdue Boilermakers as part of the Old Spice Classic.
Oklahoma State has been on a surge to start the year, and that’s all in large part to the play of Smart. He’s averaging 21 points per game and 4.2 steals so far as he continues to state his case for being the best college basketball has to offer.
Head coach Matt Painter and Purdue will be their next to take their shot at Smart and the Cowboys, although Painter, you can tell, believes that his team still needs to play a lot better if they’re going to pull off the upset. He wasn’t particularly happy after a close win over Siena:
“We just didn’t play fundamental basketball,” Painter said. “Eventually when you keep doing that, someone’s going to get you. We haven’t learned our lesson yet, but hopefully we can build off of the fact that we stepped up and made enough necessary plays to win, and that can help us down the road.”
Here’s how you can take in all the action and watch these two battle it out on Thanksgiving:
Date: Nov. 28
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Location: Orlando, FL
Arena: HP Field House
TV Info: ESPN2
Live Stream: WatchESPN app
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