Preview: Washington State Cougars vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

Where: Sacramento

Time: 11:40 a.m.

TV: Ch. 7

Radio: 850 AM; 1090 AM; 1380 AM

The line: WSU by 6 ½ points.

 

Washington State 

Record: 25-7

Seed: No. 3

RPI: 26

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 3-4, fifth appearance.

Last tournament appearance: 1994. Lost to Boston College 67-64 in the first round.

Style of play: WSU runs exclusively man-to-man defense and in a motion offense, screens for high-percentage shots, occasionally deep in the shot clock.

What the Cougars have to do to win: WSU must avoid foul trouble with Robbie Cowgill and Ivory Clark against the prolific Caleb Green, force the Golden Eagles into a normal ration of turnovers, and keep ORU's offensive rebounds — the Golden Eagles have 107 more than the Cougars — to a minimum.

Oral Roberts 

Record: 23-10

Seed: No. 14

RPI: 87

Bid: Won Mid-Continent Conference tournament.

Tournament record: 2-3, fourth appearance.

Last tournament appearance: 2006. Lost to Memphis 94-78 in the first round.

Style of play: Oral Roberts, like WSU, plays man-to-man defense. The Golden Eagles will try to push the ball, and in the half court, they'll use their athleticism inside from Caleb Green and offensive rebounders.

What the Golden Eagles have to do to win: Oral Roberts must try to pick up the pace and try to use its athleticism to overcome the Cougars' sagging help defense. When they miss shots, the Golden Eagles hope to use offensive rebounds — they have 107 more than the Cougars — to convert easy points on second chances.