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Oklahoma State basketball: All-College Classic to feature OSU-Louisiana Tech men, OSU-South Florida women

The two-game event will feature the Oklahoma State women's basketball team facing South Florida, followed by the Oklahoma State men's basketball team playing Louisiana Tech.
by John Helsley Published: August 4, 2013
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photo - CELEBRATION: Travis Ford celebrates the 69-67 overtime win against Baylor during the college basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears (BU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
CELEBRATION: Travis Ford celebrates the 69-67 overtime win against Baylor during the college basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears (BU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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.

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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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