NCAA Men’s Basketball: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Texas Longhorns- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 12/20/2020, 8:00 AM EST


NCAA Men’s Basketball will see the rising Oklahoma State Cowboys look to earn a ranked spot for them in the Top-25 of the nation. They are going up against the Texas Longhorns, currently ranked 11th in the country.

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The Cowboys had a fantastic run to open the season, winning 6 games on the trot. Another win would have probably earned them a spot on the Top-25 list, but they fell to a one-point loss at the hands of the TCU Horned Frogs.

However, they are led by the number one NBA Draft prospect Cade Cunningham, who will eventually lead them into the Top-25.

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The Longhorns are also 6-1 right now, but their only loss came to a Top-10 ranked opponent in the Villanova Wildcats. There isn’t much to say about the Longhorns. They have beaten everyone they were supposed to and then had a narrow four-point loss to a team better than them.

But which one of these teams will actually win this game?

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Will Cade set the stage for an upset?

Every time OSU takes the court, all eyes fall on Cade Cunningham. After all, the man is being touted as a savior for NBA teams that will be bad this year.

There is a lot of hype around him, and he has been living up to it. Along with him, OSU have a strong backbone around Cade that can do well on their own.

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However, the Longhorns are easily the better team. They may struggle to find a matchup for Cade, but they have a lot of depth. Even for Cade, you can put players like Kai Jones or Greg Brown III. Even Brock Cunningham may be a smart choice. Either way, locking Cade up may be the key to victory for the Longhorns.

OSU will line up with Cade, Isaac Likekele, Ferron Flavors Jr., Bernard Kouma, and Keylan Boone. The Longhorns will take the floor with Greg Brown III, Kai Jones, Jericho Sims, Courtney Ramey, and Matt Coleman III.

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For our prediction, we have to go with Texas. No matter how good Cade is. The Longhorns are a very strong team top to bottom and OSU will have to hope for a miracle if they are looking to cause an upset.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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