USF Men's Basketball Preview: Oklahoma State

South Florida will host the seventh-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys and All-American point guard Marcus Smart on Monday Night inside the Sun Dome and USFNation breaks down the Bulls' unbeaten opponent.

TAMPA BAY, FL.- Coming off the game of his young career which he lit up the Memphis Tigers for 39 points, 6-foot-4, 225-pound All-American point guard Marcus Smart and the seventh-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, will look to knock off South Florida (4-0) inside the Sun Dome on Monday evening.

The Bulls will have a large task in front of themselves. To start off the season, the Cowboys are averaging 102 points per game and have five players averaging double digits in the scoring column as well. Marcus Smart, who would of been in strong consideration for the first overall pick in the NBA Draft this past summer, leads Travis Ford's ball club with 20 points per game, which is second in the Big 12 Conference.

The All-American Smart finished with 39 points, including 26 points in the first half and five three-pointers as well against the Memphis Tigers last time out. As a team, the Cowboys are shooting 52.2% from the field, 45.6% from three-point range, have a +9.3 rebounding margin, and have been outscoring their opponents by nearly 41 points per game.

Along with Smart, Oklahoma State has bruising small forward Le'Bryan Nash on the wing at 6-foo-7, 235-pound. The former McDonalds High-School American leads the Cowboys in rebounds with 29 on the year and averages 11.5 points per game while shooting 51% from the field.

Smart's size will cause problems and mismatches with USF's guards all throughout the night. Expect 6-foot-6 senior guard Martino Brock to check Smart on the defensive end for the Bulls.

Marcus Smart may be the most talented player Stan Heath's team faces off against all season and provides the Bulls with their biggest test of the season. The Cowboys won last season by in Stillwater by 12 points thanks to Marcus Smart's 15 points and Markel Brown's 13.

Tipoff is expected for 7:00 p.m. inside the Sun Dome in Tampa Bay.


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