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Peterson: Best bet for NC State vs. Oklahoma State

By Greg Peterson  ( 

November 17, 2021 09:51 AM

The Oklahoma State Cowboys entered the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase having allowed 59 points or fewer in their first three games of the season and will face an NC State time searching for answers with big man Manny Bates sidelined due to injury.

Oklahoma State vs. NC State (-3.5, 137.5)

Oklahoma State went to Connecticut without a player averaging at least 10 points per game, but now got back Bryce Williams, who was suspended for the team’s first two games of the year season after averaging 7.3 points and a steal per game as a reserve guard.

NC State has had to shrink their rotation to seven players without Bates, who led the team with 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game last season, and entered Connecticut shooting 28.2% from 3-point range.

The Cowboys rank fourth in the country in steals per game and are sixth in turnovers forced on a per-possession basis and got back Kalib Boone, who averaged 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game, after he was sidelined the first two games of the season.

NC State entered Tuesday 261st in the country in opponent 3-point shooting percentage and with Oklahoma State getting healthy at the right time, the Cowboys will roll on Wednesday.

Pick: Oklahoma State -3.5

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