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Like it or not, The Georgetown Hoyas head to Stillwater to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Here are the links:

OSU basketball: Cowboys ranked for first time since 2015 | Oklahoman.com

Oklahoma State is back in the top 25 for the first time in four years.

The Cowboys were ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll on Monday after a dominating performance in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn.

OSU won both games — beating Syracuse and routing Ole Miss — for the tournament title.

Ranked Cowboys Hosting Georgetown In Big 12/Big East Battle Wednesday – Oklahoma State University Athletics | Oklahoma State University Athletics

Yor Anei’s unique ability has a suffocating effect on opposing offenses, and earned the sophomore NIT Season Tip-Off MVP honors. When he is on the floor, Anei is responsible for blocking 19.2 percent of the opposition’s 2-point field goal attempts, a figure that leads the nation according to KenPom. Anei has blocked at least one shot in 24 straight games, and now has 108 career blocks. Nationwide, only 42 active players have 100 career blocks, and Anei is one of just two sophomores on that list. Last season, Anei ranked fourth nationally with a block percentage of 13.65 while racking up 85 rejections. A Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, Anei already owns two of the three biggest single-game block totals in school history, tied the OSU single-season blocks record (85) and is already 10th in career blocks (108).

Oklahoma State routs Ole Miss 78-37 to win NIT Season Tip-Off | Cowboys Ride For Free

Antavion Collum and Breein Tyree each seven points to lead Ole Miss (5-2), which committed 20 turnovers thanks in part to OSU’s relentless defensive effort.

The Cowboys busted the game wide open with an 18-1 run in the final 8 minutes of the first half to take a commanding 34-15 halftime lead. Dziagwa knocked down two of his three 3-pointers on the night during the run, including one as the buzzer expired right in front of Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis.

OSU kept Ole Miss off the scoreboard for nearly 8 minutes in the second half as the Rebels couldn’t land a shot, going 25.9 percent from the field in the game.

Ole Miss basketball runs out of second-half magic, gets blown out by Oklahoma State | The Clarion Ledger

Ole Miss’ offense played without any rhythm for most of the game. The Rebels shot 25.9% for the game with 20 turnovers and shot 1-for-20 from 3-point distance.

Oklahoma State ended the first half on an 18-1 run to take a 34-15 lead into halftime. Ole Miss shot 25% from the floor in the first half and turned the ball over 12 times. Seven of Oklahoma State’s 18 points in the half-ending run came off turnovers, while Ole Miss shot 0-for-5 from 3-point distance in the same time frame.

Oklahoma St. puts streak on line vs Georgetown | nwitimes.com

STREAK STATS: Oklahoma State has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 70.8 points while giving up 61.5.

STINGY STATE: Oklahoma State has held opposing teams to 34.3 percent shooting from the field this year, the lowest percentage among all Division I teams. Over their last three games, the Cowboys have held opposing shooters to 33.3 percent.

SU basketball vs. Oklahoma State: What to know | syracuse

The key guy for Oklahoma State is Lindy Waters III.

Waters, a 6-foot-6 senior guard, leads Oklahoma State in scoring at 13.0 points per game. He is making 40 percent of his 3-point shots. He is third on the team in rebounding at 5.4 per game.

Last year was Waters’ breakout season. He went from 8.7 points to 12.2 points per game. He improved his 3-point shooting by 7 percent, going from 37 percent in 2018 to 44.8 percent as a junior. That was on basically the same number of attempts (134 to 154).

His 3-point percentage last year was the fourth-best mark in school history, and it also ranked second in the Big 12 Conference. In Big 12 games alone, Waters made 50 percent of his 3-point attempts.

With his size, range and shooting ability, Waters Is the one player that Syracuse has to be constantly aware of on the perimeter.

Syracuse basketball must solve Oklahoma State defense at Barclays | Inside the Loud House

As a unit, Oklahoma State forces the opposition into 36.0 percent from the field and 25.7 percent from beyond the arc. As such, the Orange’s deep threats will have to perform admirably, and it’s imperative that ... players drive the lane with aggression and precision...

The Cowboys, who collect roughly 71 points a game, aren’t terrific at seeing the ball go into the hoop. They connect on 42.7 percent from the field, 69.4 percent from the free-throw line, and 30.3 percent from 3-point land. Where Oklahoma State excels is in rebounding, as the Cowboys secure 40.6 boards per encounter. Providing Oklahoma State with second-chance points cannot occur.

Consistency in practice lays foundation for Cowboys’ early success | O’Colly Media

“It’s not normal for a team to be consistently good in practice,” Boynton said. “Usually, you get past the first week or so, and guys kind of lose interest in practicing just because they want to play, they’re natural competitors.”

In the midst of the season, the Cowboys are maintaining their high level of focus in practice, and the results have spoken for themselves. OSU is 7-0 after winning the NIT Season Tip-Off with a 78-37 smackdown of Ole Miss in Brooklyn, New York. The Cowboys squeezed into the USA Today Coaches’ Poll at No. 25 after the victory.

Rosters and statistics (per 40 minutes, because of GU’s transfers)

                                                                                                                         
Rk               Player G GS  MP  FG  FGA   FG%  2P  2PA   2P%  3P  3PA  3P%  FT FTA   FT%  TRB AST STL BLK TOV   PF  PTS
1              Yor Anei 7  7 164 8.3 13.7  .607 8.3 13.7  .607 0.0       0.0 5.4 8.3  .647 12.9 0.2 1.7 5.6 2.0  5.4 22.0
2        Isaac Likekele 7  7 217 6.1 10.7  .569 5.7  9.6  .596 0.4  1.1 .333 5.2 7.0  .737  6.8 6.5 3.7 0.4 2.8  1.7 17.7
3          Keylan Boone 7  0  70 5.7 13.7  .417 2.9  5.7  .500 2.9  8.0 .357 1.7 1.7 1.000 12.0 1.1 3.4 0.6 0.6  4.0 16.0
4          Dee Mitchell 2  0   5 8.0  8.0 1.000 8.0  8.0 1.000 0.0       0.0 0.0       0.0  8.0 0.0 8.0 0.0 0.0  0.0 16.0
5          Lindy Waters 7  7 210 5.7 13.0  .441 3.8  8.0  .476 1.9  5.0 .385 2.5 3.2  .765  7.0 2.9 1.9 0.0 2.7  2.9 15.8
6        Thomas Dziagwa 7  7 187 4.7 11.8  .400 0.6  1.1  .600 4.1 10.7 .380 1.9 1.9 1.000  2.1 1.5 1.1 0.0 1.5  1.9 15.4
7           Kalib Boone 6  0  66 6.7 13.9  .478 6.7 13.9  .478 0.0       0.0 1.2 1.8  .667  8.5 1.2 1.2 3.6 3.6  5.5 14.5
8      Jonathan Laurent 7  0  56 4.3 12.9  .333 2.1  6.4  .333 2.1  6.4 .333 3.6 4.3  .833 10.7 0.0 2.1 0.0 4.3  6.4 14.3
9       Cameron McGriff 7  7 203 4.1 10.6  .389 3.5  7.1  .500 0.6  3.5 .167 3.5 3.7  .947  8.7 3.2 0.4 0.2 2.2  3.2 12.4
10   Avery Anderson III 7  0  89 4.0 13.0  .310 3.6  9.4  .381 0.4  3.6 .125 1.3 2.7  .500  9.9 3.6 2.7 0.9 4.5  5.8  9.9
11     Chris Harris Jr. 7  0  91 2.6 10.1  .261 0.9  2.2  .400 1.8  7.9 .222 0.4 0.9  .500  2.2 1.3 0.0 0.0 3.1  0.9  7.5
12       Hidde Roessink 4  0  39 1.0  9.2  .111 1.0  6.2  .167 0.0  3.1 .000 1.0 4.1  .250  6.2 1.0 1.0 1.0 6.2  6.2  3.1
13          Trey Reeves 2  0   5 0.0  8.0  .000 0.0  8.0  .000 0.0       0.0 0.0       0.0  8.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.0 16.0  0.0
                                                                                                                   
Rk            Player G GS  MP   FG  FGA  FG%   2P  2PA  2P%  3P 3PA  3P%  FT FTA  FT%  TRB AST STL BLK TOV  PF  PTS
1     Omer Yurtseven 7  7 161 10.7 19.1 .558 10.7 18.6 .573 0.0 0.5 .000 5.7 7.7 .742 16.9 1.5 1.0 3.5 5.2 5.7 27.1
2        Mac McClung 7  7 154  6.8 17.9 .377  4.4 11.4 .386 2.3 6.5 .360 5.7 6.2 .917  4.2 2.6 2.3 0.0 3.4 3.9 21.6
4    Galen Alexander 7  0  80  4.5 10.0 .450  1.5  4.0 .375 3.0 6.0 .500 3.5 5.5 .636  6.5 0.5 1.0 0.0 4.0 4.0 15.5
6      Myron Gardner 6  0  59  4.7 11.5 .412  4.7 10.8 .438 0.0 0.7 .000 5.4 6.8 .800 10.8 1.4 0.0 2.0 2.7 6.1 14.9
7    Jamorko Pickett 7  7 173  5.1  9.2 .550  3.7  6.5 .571 1.4 2.8 .500 1.6 2.3 .700  8.3 2.3 0.9 1.4 3.5 2.1 13.2
8        Qudus Wahab 7  0 100  3.6  7.2 .500  3.6  7.2 .500 0.0      0.0 5.2 7.2 .722  8.0 1.6 0.8 2.0 2.0 5.6 12.4
9       Jahvon Blair 6  0  66  3.6 13.9 .261  1.8  4.2 .429 1.8 9.7 .188 1.2 1.8 .667  3.6 5.5 3.0 0.0 3.6 3.6 10.3
10      Jagan Mosely 7  7 179  2.2  4.0 .556  1.1  2.0 .556 1.1 2.0 .556 3.4 4.2 .789  6.3 4.2 1.3 0.7 2.7 2.2  8.9
11     Terrell Allen 7  0  98  2.9  6.1 .467  2.9  4.9 .583 0.0 1.2 .000 0.8 2.4 .333  4.9 3.3 0.8 0.0 4.5 4.1  6.5