OSU To Face Ball State In San Diego SLAM

The Oklahoma State's men's basketball team will now play Ball State in the San Diego SLAM on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Cowboys were originally scheduled to face Northern Arizona – and it was listed that way when the schedule was released last month – but the opponent was recently changed to the Mid-American Conference team from Muncie, Ind.

Oklahoma State, 17-16 last season, will face first-year Ball State coach Ronny Thompson's team at 6 p.m. (Central time) on a neutral court at Cox Arena in San Diego. The second game of the San Diego SLAM doubleheader will have the host San Diego State Aztecs taking on the Arizona Wildcats.

Thompson takes over at Ball State, which was 10-18 last season, after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas. He is the son of former Georgetown coach John Thompson and the brother of current Hoya head coach John Thompson III. He played at Georgetown from 1989-92 and was an assistant coach at the school from 1999-2003.

The Cowboys face Ball State during a 16-day stretch in which they will face three teams that are expected to be ranked among the nation's top 25. First-year coach Sean Sutton's team will travel to New York City to face Big East power Syracuse in the Jimmy V Classic to be televised nationally on ESPN on Dec. 5. The Cowboys then fly to San Diego for the game against Ball State on Dec. 9.

They have nine days off before facing Tennessee on Dec. 18 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn., a game which will be shown nationally on ESPN2. The tough stretch finishes out with the Cowboys playing another Big East power in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21 in the O'Reilly All-College Classic in Oklahoma City before yet another nationally televised audience (ESPN2).

The Cowboys open the season Friday, Nov. 3, with an exhibition game against Pittsburg (Kan.) State at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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