The Golden Eagles (2-0) are coming off of lopsided wins over Eastern Illinois and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Meanwhile, the Cowboys (2-0) took down UT-Arlington and Texas Southern to start.
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Oklahoma State leads the all-time series, 4-1, over Marquette. However, the Golden Eagles won their last meeting very comfortably, routing the Cowboys by 30 back in 2007.
KenPom lists Marquette as a 61% favorite to win, predicting a final score of 74-71.
What to Watch For
All eyes will be on Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 nationally ranked recruit of the 2020 class. So far, he’s lived up to the hype, impressing and leading Oklahoma State in both of its wins to start the season. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound freshman is averaging 20.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists through two games. He enters Tuesday shooting 50% overall and 42.9% from deep. He’s got the physical tools, athleticism, and skill to make him a very high pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, with some mock drafts picking him to go No. 1.
While Cunningham will receive a bulk of the touches and deal most of the damage, also keep an eye out for Ferron Flavors Jr., a senior guard that’s averaging 9.5 points per game. Freshman guard Rondell Walker is coming off of a solid 19-point game. Isaac Likekele is averaging just under a double-double, with 8.5 points, 9.5 boards, and 5.5 assists per game. Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe is one of the Cowboys’ top options off the bench as a freshman.
A True Test
No offense to the teams that both Marquette and Oklahoma State played, but this will be their first real test this season. Oklahoma State has gotten by with mostly Cunningham, while Marquette has done well in the post-Markus Howard era with a more balanced approach and reliance on depth. Five different Golden Eagles are averaging over 10 points per game — Dawson Garcia, Koby McEwen, Theo John, Jamal Cain, and Justin Lewis.
Garcia, a freshman forward, leads the way with 17.5 points per game. Together with John, they make a strong one-two punch in the frontcourt. John is stepping up as a senior, averaging 11.0 points, 10.5 boards, and 3.5 blocks per game in the Golden Eagles’ two wins so far.
Both teams will get a better gauge of where they stand after Tuesday night.