The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies meet in college basketball action from the Barclays Center on Thursday.
Oklahoma State Nabs First Win
The Oklahoma State Cowboys come into this one looking to build on their first win of the year after an 85-70 win over Sam Houston State last time out. Bryce Thompson leads the Cowboys in scoring with 18 PPG along with 2.5 RPG and 2 APG while Javon Small has 16 PPG with 5 RPG and 5 APG after his lone game as the only other double-digit scorer for OK State so far this year. Mike Marsh and John-Michael Wright each have 8 PPG with Marsh logging 6.5 RPG. Eric Dailey Jr. has 7.5 PPG with 5.5 RPG and a team-high 3 APG to lead the Cowboys in assists and Quion Williams has a team-high 7 RPG to lead Oklahoma State on the glass this season. As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 72 PPG on 44.2% shooting from the field, 39.3% from three and 50% from the foul line this season.
St. Bonaventure Takes First Loss
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies come into this one fresh off of their first loss of the season after a 70-67 loss to Canisius last time out. Charles Pride leads the Bonnies in scoring and rebounding with 18.5 PPG and 8 RPG while Chad Venning has 11 PPG with 5 RPG and a team-high 3.5 BPG. Mika Adams-Woods has 10.5 PPG with a team-high 3.5 APG to lead the Bonnies in assists, rounding out the trio of double-digit scorers for St. Bonaventure up to this point in the year. Assa Essamvous has 9.5 PPG and 4 RPG as well on the year. As a team, St. Bonaventure is averaging 70 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field, 29.4% from three and 69.4% from the foul line this season.
I’m going to lean towards St. Bonaventure here. Oklahoma State did well to bounce back last time out, but I would be remiss if I didn’t think about the amount of points Oklahoma State’s left with all of their misses at the foul line. These two teams to me look even from a statistical perspective, and I’d argue that the Bonnies have as much if not more talent on the floor than the Cowboys do. Give me the Bonnies and the points in this one.