Oklahoma State basketball announced another addition Thursday to its non-conference scheduled for the upcoming 2021-22 season. The Cowboys are set to face Houston in the Hoop Hype XL College Basketball Showcase on Dec. 18 inside Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
This is the third time in the past four seasons that Oklahoma State and Houston will have played. The road team won the two most recent meetings in 2018 and 2019.
The Cowboys defeated the Cougars 61-55 in Houston on Dec. 15, 2019, behind a team-high 18 points from Yor Anei, who transferred at the end of the season. Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 13-8.
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The addition of Houston to the Cowboys’ 2021-22 slate brings Oklahoma State’s total number of games against 2021 NCAA Tournament participants to 16. Based on last season’s final N.E.T. Rankings, head coach Mike Boynton and the Cowboys have lined up 14 Quadrant 1 and five Quadrant 2 opponents for the upcoming campaign.
Houston advanced to the Final Four last season for the first time in 37 years. Led by head coach Kelvin Sampson, now in his eighth year with the Cougars, Houston went 28-4 overall, losing to eventual national champion Baylor in the NCAA Tournament semifinals.
Here is a look at the 2021-22 Oklahoma State basketball non-conference schedule to date:
- Nov. 5 — Central Oklahoma (Exhibition)
- Nov. 9 — UT Arlington
- Nov. 12 — Oakland
- Nov. 14 — Prairie View A&M
- Nov. 16 — UMass-Lowell (Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut)
- Nov. 17 — NC State (Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut)
- Nov. 22 — Charleston
- Nov. 26 — at Oral Roberts
- Dec. 1 — Wichita State
- Dec. 5 — Xavier (Big 12-Big East Battle)
- Dec. 18 — Houston (Hoop Hype XL at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas)
- Dec. 21 — USC (Compete 4 Cause Classic at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City)
- Jan. 26 — at Florida (Big 12/SEC Challenge)
Oklahoma State had its best season under the direction of fourth-year head coach Mike Boynton in 2020-21. The Cowboys finished with a 21-9 overall record and played in the Big 12 Tournament championship game, earning a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It was the Pokes’ first appearance in the tournament since 2017.
Although star freshman Cade Cunningham is gone after being selected No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft, Oklahoma State is set to return its next seven top scorers from last season, including junior guard Avery Anderson, who tested the NBA Draft process, but opted to come back to Stillwater. Anderson emerged as a rising star for the Cowboys last season, averaging 16.6 points in the final 10 games. Senior guard Isaac Likekele is also back, in addition to junior forward Kalib Boone and others.
Oklahoma State has four transfer additions as part of its 2021 recruiting class, including former Kansas guard and five-star recruit Bryce Thompson, as well as former Memphis center and five-star recruit Moussa Cisse. The Cowboys also added former Syracuse wing Woody Newton and Texas Tech forward Tyreek Smith.
Boynton’s coaching staff underwent an overhaul this spring with the additions of assistants Terrence Rencher, David Cason and Larry Blunt. Combined the trio has more than 50 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level.
Cowboy basketball season tickets are on sale now and start at just $150. This year, OSU is offering 20 percent discounts to those who purchase four or more 300-level season tickets. Visit okstate.com/tickets or call 877-ALL-4-OSU to purchase tickets or for more information.
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