Finding a foe for Oklahoma State in the All-College Classic proved difficult, with one school backing out of an apparent agreement, followed by an exhaustive search for a replacement.
Word, apparently, is out on the Cowboys, who return their top six scorers to a team that figures to contend both in the Big 12 and nationally.
Well, an opponent has been found — Louisiana Tech on Dec. 14 — and it's a squad that has some buzz around it, with some in the coaching profession warning OSU coach Travis Ford about taking on the matchup.
Tech finished 27-7 a year ago, sharing the WAC championship and at one point claiming the program's first Top 25 ranking in 28 years. The Bulldogs return all five starters from a lineup that advanced to the second round of the NIT and brings back eight of their top 10 scorers.
So Tech figures to be a solid foe and an entertaining option for OSU's return to Oklahoma City.
“We have a large alumni base in Oklahoma City and Chesapeake Arena is a first-class facility,” Ford said. “It's a great opportunity for the OSU fans in OKC that don't have season tickets to get an up-close look at this year's squad.”
The Cowboys and Bulldogs will meet in a men's-women's doubleheader at Chesapeake Arena, following a game matching the OSU women against South Florida. It will mark the first Division I women's game to be featured in the 78 years of the event.