OSU is ranked No. 20 in the nation and the Cowboys have Marcus Smart. The freshman ranks 20th in the Big 12 in rebounds (80), fifth in assists (67) and 11th in free throw percentage (79%).
Smart also leads the league in steals with 39. That’s 2.79 per game. The next closest total amount of steals is Baylor’s A.J. Waton with 29.
The whole Bedlam game isn’t played just by Smart, but ESPN basketball analyst Fran Frashcilla thinks the four freshman starters (two for each team) will have a large influence on the game. It’s also going to be one intense game.
“This is a game that’s going to be decided by hustle plays and rebounding and dirty work,” Fraschilla said. “They’re playing a team with a player in Marcus Smart that’s one of the best dirty work players in the country. He can beat you with his offensive, his defense, his rebounding, his hustle.
“Both teams play extremely hard and play good defensively. It’s going to be a battle of rebounding, 50-50 balls and timely shooting. I expect it to be a very good basketball game with the winner being decided by who makes the most hustle plays.”