Men's College Basketball
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Oklahoma State at Marquette
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Everyone in college basketball knows about Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham. It's not by accident that a player is good enough to make the AP's Preseason All-America team before he plays a single game.

But Cunningham won't be the only talented freshman on the Fiserv Forum floor Tuesday night in Milwaukee when the Cowboys visit Marquette in a battle of 2-0 teams as part of the Big East-Big 12 Battle.

The Golden Eagles' Dawson Garcia is averaging 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, and doing so efficiently. After shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 84.6 percent at the foul line, Garcia earned Big East Conference Freshman of the Week honors.

That also doesn't come as breaking news to anyone in the conference. Marquette's 6-foot-11, 235-pound forward was named the conference's Preseason Freshman of the Year.

"I feel really comfortable," Garcia said after the 75-50 win Friday night over Eastern Illinois. "That just comes down to preparation and how my teammates, especially the upperclassmen, are bringing me along and showing me the ropes."

Garcia's presence, along with the return of a handful of key role players, should enable Marquette to make up for the graduation of Division I scoring leader Markus Howard. One of the returnees, center Theo John, is averaging 11 points and 10.5 rebounds through two games, giving the team a post-up scoring threat it didn't always possess last year.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State has gone from struggling to score points against good opponents, as it sometimes did last year, to having a go-to guy who would be a go-to guy anywhere. The 2020 Naismith High School Player of the Year, the 6-8 Cunningham could have gone anywhere but chose to play this season in Stillwater.

He's leading the Big 12 in scoring at 20.5 ppg, canning 50 percent of his field-goal attempts and has converted 10 of 12 foul shots. What's more, he's contributing seven rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, displaying the all-around game that could make him a future NBA All-Star.

"I never think about it until I get asked about it," he told the Oklahoman when asked about the possibility of being the No. 1 pick in next year's NBA Draft. "We compete every day here. I think we're going to compete in every game."

In Saturday's 85-65 beating of Texas Southern, Cunningham produced 20 points on just 12 shots. Fellow freshman Rondel Walker chipped in 19 off the bench, making three 3-pointers.

The downside to this year for the Cowboys, of course, is the postseason ban handed down by the NCAA due to transgressions by former program assistant Lamont Evans unveiled in the 2017 FBI investigation.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Oklahoma State 2-0 W2 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0
Marquette 2-0 W2 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Oklahoma State Marquette
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/20/07 OKST 61 MARQ 91 61 28 39.0 91 36 52.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma State T. Harris 17 53.8 3
Marquette J. McNeal 20 50.0 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma State T. Hatch 7 5 2
Marquette O. Barro 10 2 8
Assists Player  
Oklahoma State B. Eaton 2
Marquette D. James 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma State C. Cunningham 41 50.0 10
Marquette D. Garcia 35 55.6 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma State I. Likekele 19 4 15
Marquette T. John 21 6 15
Assists Player  
Oklahoma State I. Likekele 11
Marquette S. Torrence 9
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Oklahoma State Off vs  red bar Marquette Defense
blue bar 80.0 Points For
red bar 53.5 Points Against
blue bar 45.8 FG%
red bar 26.8 FG%
blue bar 43.0 Reb
red bar 29.5 Reb
red bar Marquette Off vs  blue bar Oklahoma State Defense
red bar 87.0 Points For
blue bar 66.5 Points Against
red bar 48.1 FG%
blue bar 38.4 FG%
red bar 46.0 Reb
blue bar 32.0 Reb