The five most intriguing OSU basketball games this season

The five most intriguing OSU basketball games this season

The Cowboy basketball schedule is out, and it’s full of unfamiliar teams. A new era of Big 12 basketball is upon us.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Sep 26, 2023, 9:20pm CDT

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Sep 26, 2023, 9:20pm CDT

The Cowboy basketball schedule is out, and it’s full of unfamiliar teams.

With the new schools added to the conference in July, the 2023-24 schedule contains Big 12 matchups against Houston, BYU, UCF and Cincinnati. Gone is the home-and-home round-robin format. This year, OSU avoids trips to places like Fort Worth and Morgantown, and misses out on hosting Houston. 

here are the most intriguing games on the schedule, ranked (home games listed as “vs.” and road games listed as “at”:

5. Thursday, Nov. 30 vs. Creighton, 8 p.m. ESPN2: Creighton made a deep NCAA Tournament run to the Elite 8, before losing in the final seconds to San Diego State. The Blue Jays will be an early barometer for an OSU program that hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2021.

This continues OSU’s trend of playing a Big East team in non-conference play, following UConn last season (a 74-64 loss) and Xavier the year before (a 77-71 defeat). OSU’s last win in the Big 12/Big East Battle came in 2020-21 against Marquette. 

 

4. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Houston, 6 p.m. ESPN/ESPN 2: The Cougars dropped into the conference as if the Big 12 wasn’t already hard to win in. Houston has made five straight NCAA Tournaments, including a 2021 Final Four appearance. Houston already felt like a conference opponent due to its proximity, familiar coach in Kelvin Sampson and success on the court.

There have been three recent matchups with OSU and the Cougars have won two of them. This is the only time the teams will play this season.

3. Tuesday, Jan. 16 vs. Kansas, 8 p.m. ESPN: A late tipoff on a Tuesday against Kansas? Expect Gallagher-Iba Arena to be loud. The Jayhawks returned to their old ways last season, winning the Big 12 regular season title with a 13-5 record. Oklahoma State nearly pulled off the upset last year in Lawrence, and this will be the first of two chances to knock off the conference king.

2. Tuesday, Jan. 23 vs. TCU, 8 p.m. ESPNU: This is the first time OSU will play against point guard Avery Anderson III, a key Cowboy contributor before transferring to TCU in April. The Cowboys may be happy their only game against TCU comes at home, considering the Horned Frogs have won six straight in the series, including a 100-75 victory last year in Fort Worth.

1. Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. OU, 3 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2: The last Bedlam…ever? Probably not, but the Cowboys and Sooners won’t be playing often once the Sooners officially move to the SEC next season. This is a chance for one team to get the final laugh.

OSU has dominated the rivalry recently, winning seven of the past eight games, but will that be remembered if the Sooners get the final win? Doubt it.

2023-34 Oklahoma State basketball schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Oklahoma Baptist (exhibition), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Monday, Nov. 6: Abilene Christian, 8 p.m. (ESPN+)

Sunday, Nov. 12:  Sam Houston, 2 p.m. (ESPN+)

Thursday, Nov. 16: St. Bonaventure (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY), 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Friday, Nov. 17: Auburn/Notre Dame (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY), 3:30/6 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Monday, Nov. 20: New Orleans, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Friday, Nov. 24: Houston Christian, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Thursday, Nov. 30: Creighton 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tuesday, Dec. 5: at Southern Illinois, time TBA (TBA)

Sunday, Dec. 10: Tulsa (Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK) (5:30 p.m. ESPNU)

Sunday, Dec. 17: Oral Roberts, 4 p.m. (ESPN+)

Wednesday, Dec. 20: Wofford, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Sunday, Dec. 31: South Carolina State, 2 p.m. (ESPN+)

Wednesday, Jan. 3: Chicago State, 6 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, Jan. 6: Baylor, 2 p.m. (ESPN+)

Tuesday, Jan. 9: at Texas Tech, 7 p.m (ESPN+)

Saturday, Jan. 13: at Iowa State, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tuesday, Jan. 16: Kansas, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Jan. 20: at Kansas State, 6 p.m. (ESPN+)

Tuesday, Jan. 23: TCU, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, Jan. 27: West Virginia, 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Tuesday, Jan. 30: at Kansas, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Feb. 3: Kansas State, 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Tuesday, Feb. 6: at Houston, 6 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

Saturday, Feb. 10: at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, Feb. 17: BYU, 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Wednesday, Feb. 21: at Cincinnati, 6 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, Feb. 24: Oklahoma 3 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

Wednesday, Feb. 28: UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, March 2: at Texas, 1 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

Tuesday, March 5: Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, March 9: at BYU, 8 p.m. (ESPN+)

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