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What to know about OU, OSU and the Big 12 as conference play begins

MVP: Cam McGriff

In 12 nonconference games, McGriff’s performance largely served as a barometer of OSU’s chances of winning. The Cowboys went 5-1 when McGriff scored at least 12 points and 1-5 when he didn’t. In OSU’s victories, McGriff averaged 17.5 points per game and shot 46.7 percent, compared to 9.0 points and 28.6 percent in losses. The junior forward leads the Cowboys in scoring and rebounding.

Most surprising player: Yor Anei

The results make sense when considering Anei’s 6-foot-10 height and 7-plus-foot wingspan, but the freshman out of Overland Park, Kansas, was a walking block party throughout nonconference play. Anei enters Big 12 play with 2.4 blocks per game, a mark that ranks third in the conference and 20th nationally. With 29 blocks — including an OSU freshman record six against Memphis — Anei is already only six blocks from entering the program’s top five for blocks by a freshman.

Biggest win: LSU

OSU wrapped up its stay at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Florida, with a 90-77 victory over then-No. 19 LSU in the tournament’s third-place game. McGriff led the way with 28 points, while freshman guard Isaac Likekele nearly posted a triple-double with nine points, nine points and eight assists. But the Cowboys followed that win with a four-game losing streak and enter conference play at 6-6.

Three numbers to know

300: OSU’s rank nationally in experience, per KenPom. Captains Lindy Waters, Thomas Dziagwa and McGriff are OSU’s only returning contributors from last season’s team.

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