STILLWATER — 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.