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Oklahoma State basketball: Breaking down the matchups for OSU-Gonzaga

John Helsley takes a closer look at how the Cowboys match up with the Zags.
Oklahoman Published: March 20, 2014

OKLAHOMA STATE VS. GONZAGA

When: 3:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Viejas Arena, San Diego

TV: TNT (Cox 31/HD 730; Dish 138; DirecTV 245; U-Verse 108/HD 1108)

Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1

INSIDE THE MATCHUPS

POINT GUARD

OSU — Marcus Smart (6-4, So., 17.8 ppg, 4.7 apg)

Gonzaga — David Stockton (5-11, Sr., 7.5 ppg, 4.2 apg)

Stockton has blossomed as a senior, becoming a playmaker as a floor general and passer, although he doesn’t shoot much or particularly well. Since returning from his suspension, Smart has returned to being a dominant force, averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.3 steals a game.

Edge: Cowboys

GUARD

OSU — Markel Brown (6-3, Sr., 17.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Gonzaga — Gary Bell Jr. (6-2, Jr., 11.2, 2.9 rpg)

Brown’s ever-evolving game makes him a difficult matchup, as he can heat up from the perimeter, or soar to the rim, taking advantage of the NCAA’s new rules against hand-checking. Bell is the Zags’ shut-down defender. While he’ll be assigned mostly to Smart, he’ll likely spend some time on Brown, too.

Edge: Cowboys

GUARD

OSU — Phil Forte (5-11, So., 13.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg)

Gonzaga — Kevin Pangos (6-2, Jr., 14.1 ppg, 3.7 apg)

Forte has been a key offensive factor for the Cowboys the past month and his ability to knock down long-range shots could be the difference in opening up OSU’s offense. Pangos is a veteran guard who — if healthy — can create so much for himself and teammates with his explosive quickness.

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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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