Tennessee Volunteers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys: game preview

The Tennessee Volunteers (21-12), fresh off a disappointing loss in the SEC Tournament Championship Game against Mississippi State and a disappointing seeding for the NCAA Tournament, head to Dayton, Ohio Friday to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (22-11). The Vols appear to face a downright rotten horrible scenario, playing an eight seed with four guards who can put up a lot of points from the perimeter on Friday and, if they happen to win, a Sunday-go-to-meeting with second overall No. 1-seed Pittsburgh.

Observations from the stats

The Cowboys rank 5th and 6th in the nation in three-point FGs per game (9.3) and scoring offense (81.1 points per game) respectively. They hit 45.7% of their shots from the field and 38.4% of their shots from beyond the arc. They're also ranked in the top 100 in free throw percentage and appear to take good care of the ball, committing only 12.4 turnovers per outing. Where the Vols have an advantage, it's a slight one, except with respect to rebounds, assists, and blocked shots, where they seem to have a fairly significant edge.

Cowboy players to watch

James Anderson appears to be Oklahoma State's biggest scoring threat, ranking 46th in the nation with an 18.6 PPG average, 99th nationally in three-point FGs per game (2.4), and 78th in FT% (83.1%).

Obi Muonelo was not listed as a starter for the last game the Cowboys played, but he hits as many three-pointers during games as does Anderson despite fewer attempts. Obi's ranked 36th in the nation, hitting 40.1% of his three-point attempts.

Byron Eaton and Terrel Harris are your thieves, Eaton gobbling up 2.2 steals per game and Harris pocketing 1.8 per game. Eaton also ranks 24th in the nation in assists with 5.5 per game.

Other Stuff

KenPom's prediction: Tennessee wins 81-80, with an even 50% chance of winning.

The line ups

Tennessee logo
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
C Wayne Chism
6-9
242
Jr.
13.8
8.1
1.2
F Tyler Smith
6-7
215
Jr.
17.2
5.9
3.4
G J.P. Prince
6-7
205
Jr.
10.1
4.2
3.4
G Scotty Hopson
6-7
185
Fr.
9.2
2.8
1.4
G Bobby Maze
6-2
185
Jr.
8.3
2.5
3.2
Oklahoma State logo
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
F Marshall Moses
6-6
235
So.
6.6
5.9
.3
G Byron Eaton
5-11
210
Sr.
14.1
3.8
5.5
G Terrel Harris
6-5
200
Sr.
13.8
4.8
1.9
G Keiton Page
5-10
168
Fr.
8.9
1.2
1.3
G James Anderson
6-6
205
So.
18.6
5.8
1.4

The stats

KEY STATS COMPARISON
Tennessee logo
Oklahoma State logo
Category
Rank
Actual
Rank
Actual
Scoring Offense
19
78.5
6
81.1
Scoring Defense
279
72.4
305
74.2
Scoring Margin
63
6.1
54
6.9
Field-Goal Percentage
83
45.5
74
45.7
Field-Goal Percentage Defense
204
44.0
224
44.3
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game
132
6.6
5
9.3
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage
252
31.4
23
38.4
Three Pt FG Defense
139
33.7
177
34.3
Free-Throw Percentage
222
67.4
25
74.3
Rebound Margin
43
4.6
229
-1.1
Assists Per Game
17
16.3
198
12.6
Assist Turnover Ratio
29
1.22
116
1.01
Blocked Shots Per Game
97
3.7
251
2.5
Steals Per Game
156
6.7
70
7.7
Turnovers Per Game
133
13.4
48
12.4
Turnover Margin
69
1.8
35
2.8
Personal Fouls Per Game
224
19.1
316
21.3

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH Tennessee logo
Oklahoma State logo
Category Player Rank Actual Player Rank Actual
Points PG Tyler Smith
95
17.2
James Anderson
46
18.6
FG%            
3-Point FG PG  
Obi Muonelo
James Anderson
88
99
2.5
2.4
3-Point FG%  
Obi Muonelo
36
40.1
FT %       James Anderson
78
83.1
Rebounds PG Wayne Chism

76

8.1

     
Assists PG       Byron Eaton
24
5.5
Blocks PG            
Steals PG       Byron Eaton
Terrel Harris
29
85
2.2
1.8
Assist-TO
Ratio
Bobby Maze
77

1.93

     
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