November 19, 2007

Hoops in Hawaii

There's still a lot to discover about this year's edition of Oklahoma State basketball and a trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean might start to reveal more about this team.

After losing to North Texas last week, the Cowboys now place their attention on the Maui Invitational, one of the biggest early-season tournaments of the college basketball season. The field includes the Cowboys, Arizona State, Duke, Illinois, Louisiana State, Marquette, Princeton and host Chaminade. The Pokes open the tournament against LSU and are set to tip off at 4 p.m. central time (Noon in Hawaii). The game will air nationally on ESPN2.

This tournament is a good chance for the Pokes (1-1) to gain some early national attention. They're locked in to play the Tigers (2-0) today and if they were to win, they'd play the winner of Marquette/Chaminade game in the second round. If they got past that, they could face a big name like the Blue Devils or Fightin' Illini in the final. The tournament runs from today through Wednesday and every game will be televised, either on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

First up, though, are the Tigers. They're off to a good start so far this season, posting wins over Southeastern Louisiana (72-62) and McNeese State (78-74). LSU is led by Marcus Thorton, a 6-4 guard out of Baton Rouge. He's averaging 25.5 points per game coming into the tournament, shooting 16-of-30 from the field.

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