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Fast-break points: Lineups and quick hits for Nebraska-Oklahoma State

December 17, 2018

Oklahoma State (4-5)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Isaac Likekele; 6-4; Fr.; 8.2; 4.7

G Thomas Dziagwa; 6-4; Jr.; 11.9; 3.7

G Lindy Waters III; 6-6; Jr.; 12.1; 4.8

F Cameron McGriff; 6-7; Jr.; 13.9; 7.0

F Yor Anei; 6-10; Fr.; 6.0; 3.5

Nebraska (8-2)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 14.4; 4.2

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 18.7; 3.8

G Thomas Allen; 6-1; So.; 8.1; 2.6

F Isaac Copeland; 6-9; Sr.; 14.9; 6.1

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 9.6; 5.7

Scouting: Cameron McGriff has gone from averaging 8.4 points per game as a sophomore to leading Oklahoma State this season at 13.9 points per game. He scored a career-high 28 points in the Cowboys’ last win, over No. 19 LSU. The Cowboys, with former Brad Underwood assistant Mike Boynton at the helm, will look a lot like Underwood’s Illini team — pressure defense, a unique high-post offense and lots of three-point attempts.

Trending: This is Oklahoma State’s second trip to the Pentagon. The Cowboys beat Minnesota 62-60 there in 2015. Since that night, the Cowboys have lost their last three games against Big Ten foes, including an 83-76 loss to Minnesota earlier this season. For Nebraska, Sunday will mark the program’s first game in South Dakota since December 7, 1942, when the Huskers lost to the University of South Dakota to open the 1942-43 season.

Forecasting: This game is in a difficult spot for Nebraska. It will be the Huskers’ first action in eight days, and one of just three games in a 21-day stretch starting with the Creighton game and ending with the Southwest Minnesota State matchup Dec. 29. NU’s players have been taking finals all week, some of them have been sick, and now they’ll play away from home against a Power Five conference opponent.

— Chris Basnett

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