Oklahoma State men’s basketball will face Western Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The No. 2-seed Cowboys (21-14) advanced in the second round after an impressive 71-65 comeback victory at home over Stanford on Monday. The Cowboys were led in scoring by senior Jeffrey Carroll, who had 26 points including 5 3-pointers in the triumph.
The No. 4-seed Hilltoppers (26-10) won consecutive NIT games for the first time since 1948 in a 79-75 victory at USC Monday night. Justin Johnson scored 23 points including a critical hook shot with 1:03 left to hold off the Trojans.
A victory will send the winner to the NIT semifinals in New York City.
Here’s all the information you need to catch the game.
Oklahoma State-Western Kentucky: Game time, details
No. 2 seed Oklahoma State will host Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.
What TV channel is Oklahoma State vs. Western Kentucky on?
Oklahoma State and Western Kentucky will play on ESPN2.
How can I watch Oklahoma State vs. Western Kentucky online?
You can watch the game on your computer using WatchESPN. You can also watch on your mobile device using the ESPN app.
How can I listen to Oklahoma State play Western Kentucky on the radio?
Fans in Stillwater can hear the game on KSPI 93.7 FM and KGFY 105.5 FM. Fans in Tulsa can listen to the game on KFAQ 1170 AM. For a full list of Oklahoma State basketball radio affiliates, go here. And you can stream the game live to listen on Oklahoma State’s free Tune-In app.
Oklahoma State-Western Kentucky: Preview, keys to the game
The Cowboys will host their third consecutive NIT game after notching earlier victories over FGCU and Stanford.
Oklahoma State’s defense has been strong in the NIT, limiting opponents to 38.5 percent field-goal shooting. The Cowboys have forced an average of 18.5 turnovers in the first two games and notched a combined 43-24 edge in points off turnovers. Their bench has also been strong with a 34-17 combined edge in the NIT.
And Carroll has averaged 22 points per game in the NIT, extending his string of double-figure scoring efforts to eight.
Against Western Kentucky, the Cowboys must rebound better. Stanford hammered them on the backboards, 55-40. Oklahoma State also has struggled shooting in the NIT, hitting 38.5 percent from the field.
Coach Mike Boynton’s team has played well in the tournament after finishing tied for sixth in the Big 12 regular season. They appear motivated to make their first trip to the NIT semifinals in New York City since 1944.
Western Kentucky closed the USC game with an 18-8 run to advance to the quarterfinals. It marks the Hilltoppers’ third Power 5 win after beating Purdue and Boston College earlier this season.
The Hilltoppers under Coach Rick Stansbury, who was Mississippi State’s head coach for 14 seasons and is in his second season at Western Kentucky. They have notched their most wins this season since the 2007-08 team won 29 games. They have also produced eight road victories.
Their offense features a tough inside game that leads to a lot of free throws. The Hilltoppers have made 578 free throws this season and their opponents have attempted 362. In their victory over USC, Western Kentucky hit 16 of 17 while the Trojans missed 11 of 19.
Oklahoma State faces smart offensive team
Stansbury’s team takes good shots, ranking 12th nationally in field-goal percentage (49.5 percent), 14th in free throw attemptts (808) and fifth in fewest personal fouls (14.5).
Johnson averages 9.6 rebounds per game to rank 27th nationally. He also is 17th with 15 double-doubles this season.
The game on Wednesday will be the first time the two programs have ever met. Western Kentucky’s last game against a current Big 12 member came on March 13, 1987, with a 64-62 triumph over West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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