OSU basketball: No. 7 Cowboys want to bring 'rowdy' to Chesapeake Arena for All-College

OSU will play Louisiana Tech at 1 p.m., followed by the Cowgirls against South Florida at 3:30.
by John Helsley Published: December 12, 2013
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photo - Memphis forward Austin Nichols, left, and Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) battle for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Old Spice Classic tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Memphis beat Oklahoma State 73-68 to win the tournament. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Memphis forward Austin Nichols, left, and Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) battle for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Old Spice Classic tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Memphis beat Oklahoma State 73-68 to win the tournament. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Kevin Durant made the effort to visit Gallagher-Iba Arena and catch Oklahoma State in action this season.

Now the Cowboys are making it easier on him … they hope.

Oklahoma State returns to the All-College Classic with a date at Durant's personal playground — Chesapeake Energy Arena — facing Louisiana Tech on Saturday in a doubleheader with the OSU women's team. The Cowboys play at 1 p.m., followed by the Cowgirls and South Florida at 3:30.

“Hopefully KD will come again and watch us,” OSU forward Kamari Murphy said with a grin.

Durant could be available, with Thunder home games set for Friday and Sunday. And with his new digs in the Deep Deuce section of downtown, it's a far easier trek than I-35 to Highway 51.

More than just Durant, though, the Cowboys are hoping for a big and boisterous — and orange — crowd as they bring their No. 7 national ranking to Oklahoma City.

“I've always enjoyed playing in Oklahoma City,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “Our kids enjoy playing in Chesapeake Arena, where the Thunder play; it's kind of a neat deal for them. Hopefully we'll get a good crowd, because it is a good atmosphere.”

Louisiana Tech shapes up as a good opponent.

The Bulldogs enter at 8-2, after returning 11 players and their top three scorers from a year ago, when they went 27-7 and won the WAC regular season championship, before faltering in the conference tournament, costing them a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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