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2013 Oklahoma State Basketball Preview

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    The final leg of the Big XII revenge tour brings our heroes to Las Vegas for a nationally televised tilt with Oklahoma State. *It's a little different from the other two old school rivalry games already played this season. While the brawls with Baylor and KU were matchups that held plenty of external purpose for the fanbase, playing OSU means... well, relatively little outside of practical basketball realities (RPI, rankings, public perception). *No players in a Colorado uniform have ever even played against OSU. *Whatever rivalry there may have been will not define the narrative tomorrow night; the Cowboys may as well be a really good Big East or ACC team. *Baylor and KU was for the fans. *CU/OSU is for the players. *This is a statement game, the final opportunity for the #20 Buffaloes to make some national noise before conference play starts.

    The other difference between the BU and KU games and what we'll watch tomorrow is setting. *Against Baylor, the young Buffs had yet to find their sea legs, and were fighting a tough team on, essentially, their home turf. *Of course, the setting for the Kansas game, taking place at the roiling cauldron that is the Coors Events Center, was the definition of home court advantage. *In (Las) Vegas, we'll see the team on a true neutral court against a very difficult opponent under the national spotlight. *If you have any remaining questions about this team, they'll be answered at the MGM Grand.

    It certainly won't be easy. *Oklahoma State is rightly considered a top-10 team, possessing some of the best talent in the country, with a solid chance of making a Final Four this season. *That's not to say CU is completely out-classed, however. *In fact, we in BuffNation need to get used to the fact that the program belongs on this stage. *These are the kinds of games great programs play in, and expect to win. *It's not a fluke or mistake that CU is in the marquee game of a nationally televised weekend showcase, after all; the Buffs belong here. It's time for Colorado to take advantage, and enjoy the spotlight.

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    Tip off the MGM Grand Garden Arena*is set for 9:30pm MT tomorrow evening. *So, if you, like me, will be in the Eastern Time Zone at tip-off, it's going down at 11:30 at night. *Woof. *I'mma need some coffee... Anyways, coverage can be found on ESPN2, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

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    The final leg of the Big XII revenge tour brings our heroes to Las Vegas for a nationally televised tilt with Oklahoma State. *It's a little different from the other two old school rivalry games already played this season. While the brawls with Baylor and KU were matchups that held plenty of external purpose for the fanbase, playing OSU means... well, relatively little outside of practical basketball realities (RPI, rankings, public perception). *No players in a Colorado uniform have ever even played against OSU. *Whatever rivalry there may have been will not define the narrative tomorrow night; the Cowboys may as well be a really good Big East or ACC team. *Baylor and KU was for the fans. *CU/OSU is for the players. *This is a statement game, the final opportunity for the #20 Buffaloes to make some national noise before conference play starts.

    The other difference between the BU and KU games and what we'll watch tomorrow is setting. *Against Baylor, the young Buffs had yet to find their sea legs, and were fighting a tough team on, essentially, their home turf. *Of course, the setting for the Kansas game, taking place at the roiling cauldron that is the Coors Events Center, was the definition of home court advantage. *In (Las) Vegas, we'll see the team on a true neutral court against a very difficult opponent under the national spotlight. *If you have any remaining questions about this team, they'll be answered at the MGM Grand.

    It certainly won't be easy. *Oklahoma State is rightly considered a top-10 team, possessing some of the best talent in the country, with a solid chance of making a Final Four this season. *That's not to say CU is completely out-classed, however. *In fact, we in BuffNation need to get used to the fact that the program belongs on this stage. *These are the kinds of games great programs play in, and expect to win. *It's not a fluke or mistake that CU is in the marquee game of a nationally televised weekend showcase, after all; the Buffs belong here. It's time for Colorado to take advantage, and enjoy the spotlight.

    --

    Tip off the MGM Grand Garden Arena*is set for 9:30pm MT tomorrow evening. *So, if you, like me, will be in the Eastern Time Zone at tip-off, it's going down at 11:30 at night. *Woof. *I'mma need some coffee... Anyways, coverage can be found on ESPN2, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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