There is buzz growing about Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham potentially being the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and he will have the opportunity to sparkle on a big stage on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., against No. 6 Texas.
The Longhorns got a 77-74 win, but failed to cover, when these two hooked up in December, and Cunningham led all players with 25 points.
For the season, he is averaging 18.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game while making 39.7 percent of his 3-point shots.
Texas will look to neutralize and offset all Cunningham does by winning on the inside. To do so, the Longhorns will need to cut down on the fouls. In true road games, Texas is fouling on 28.4 percent of its defensive possessions, which ranks 337th in the nation.
In the first meeting, ball movement was lacking for both teams. Oklahoma State doled out just seven assists and Texas nine. Both teams are amassing more turnovers per game than assists
Each of Oklahoma State’s top five scorers who have made at least one 3-point shot is making at least 35.7 percent of them, and Texas has allowed four of its last five opponents to shoot at least 36 percent from 3-point range. The Cowboys have what it takes to shoot their way to victory and allow Cunningham’s draft stock to continue to skyrocket.
The play: Oklahoma State,+2.5.