Already this college basketball season, we've seen Duke vs. Kansas and Michigan State vs. Kentucky, stoking us with early premium matchups involving next-level talent pumping March-like life into the sport.
And those are just two clashes among a growing list.
Now for No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 13 Memphis.
Tip time 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“I think you can add this one to the list,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford.
Add it, indeed.
And cherish it, because Cowboys-Tigers will rank among the best non-conference games to ever tip inside any version of Gallagher-Iba Arena — the best in nearly 60 years.
Only seven times previously has OSU been involved in a nonconference home game involving two ranked teams. This one's the first featuring two top-15 teams since 1957-58, when No. 11 Bradley visited Gallagher Hall to face Henry Iba's No. 6-ranked squad.
That '57-58 season was as good as it gets in OSU's nonconference history, with three matchups of ranked teams at Gallagher Hall.
Since then, there's been only one: last season, when No. 10 Gonzaga came to GIA for a New Year's Eve date with the No. 22 Cowboys.
OSU was still a team on the climb when it met the Zags a year ago, yet the two squads combined for a dramatic game Gonzaga eventually claimed 69-68.
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