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Breaking Down #7 Michigan/ #10 Oklahoma State Matchup

Breaking Down #7 Michigan/ #10 Oklahoma State Matchup

After turning around a program that didn’t even make the NIT tourney last year, Brad Underwood leads a revitalized OSU squad into the NCAA Tournament that 10 out of 11 conference games before the final two regular season games and the conference tournament.The Cowboys take on one of the hottest teams in college basketball as Michigan comes into the tournament with its best seeding since 2014 after winning its last five games, including running through the Big Ten tournament and beating 4 seed Purdue, 5 seed Minnesota and 8 seed Wisconsin.

Looking into the matchup, Oklahoma State comes in at 20-12 with a strength of schedule of 15 and a RPI of 40, while Michigan finishes 24-11 with a SOS of 29 and a RPI of 25. OSU’s best win comes on February 4 at West Virginia and worst loss a month earlier at Texas. For Michigan, beating SMU early on in the season by more than 20 qualifies as its best win but losing at home against Ohio State is the worst loss for the Wolverines.

Digging deeper personnel matchups:
PG:
OSU Jawun Evans 19 ppg 6.2 Assists per game (1st team All-Big 12)
Mich Derrick Walton Jr. 15.2 ppg 4.7 apg (2nd team All-Big Ten)
Edge:Oklahoma State

SG:
OSU Phil Forte 13.3 ppg .420 3P% (Honorable Mention All-Big 12)
Mich Zak Irvin 12.8 ppg 4.5 rpg
Edge: Michigan

SF:
OSU Jeffrey Carroll 17.4 ppg 6.6 rpg (2nd team All-Big 12)
Mich Muhammed-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 9.1 ppg .466 FG%
Edge: Oklahoma State

PF:
OSU Leyton Hammonds 8 ppg 4.8 rpg
Mich D.J. Wilson 10.6 ppg 5.4 rpg
Edge: Michigan

C:
OSU Mitchell Solomon 5.4 ppg 5.2 rpg
Mich Moritz Wagner 12 ppg 4.2 rpg (Honorable Mention All-Big Ten)
Edge: Michigan

Bench:
OSU Dillard, McGriff, Averette and Waters 20.2 ppg 9.8 rpg 3.9 apg
Mich Donnal, Robinson and Simpson 13.7 ppg 4.5 rpg 2 apg
Edge: Oklahoma State

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