Oklahoma Vs. Drexel Ncaa Tournament: Thursday's Games In Baltimore

March 13, 1995|By Paul McMullen

No. 4 Okla. State (23-9)

Head coach: Eddie Sutton.

Career record: 549-208 in 25 seasons.

Record at school: 119-44 in five seasons.

Conference: Big Eight.

Conference tournament: Beat Iowa State, 62-53, in final.

Best win: Beat Kansas, No. 1 seed in Midwest, 79-69.

Worst loss: Fell, 74-66, at cellar-dwelling Kansas State.

NCAA tournament record: 21-12.

Last NCAA appearance: 1994, beat New Mexico State, 65-55; lost to Tulsa, 82-80.

Probable starters: C Bryant Reeves, Sr., 7-0; F Terry Collins, Sr., 6-6; F Scott Pierce, Sr., 6-9; G Andre Owens, Jr., 5-11; G Randy Rutherford, Sr., 6-3.

Scouting report: The Cowboys won their first Big Eight tournament title since 1983. They're led by Reeves (21.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg), who's got a flattop and a great nickname, "Big Country." His inside play is the offensive focus, but Rutherford (19.8 ppg) is the Big Eight's all-time leading three-point shooter, as he takes nearly 10 a game. Owens (7.0 apg) runs the point. Sutton learned the game from Hank Iba, and the Cowboys are predictably strong on defense, as they've limited opponents to 40 percent shooting from the field.

Notable: Sutton is the only coach to take four schools -- Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State -- to the NCAAs. . . . The MVP of the Big Eight tournament, Reeves has 2,256 points and 1,106 rebounds in his career. . . . The Cowboys won NCAA titles in 1945 and '46, when the school was known as Oklahoma A&M. . . . Sutton was a member of the Class of 1958 at Oklahoma State.

What they're saying: "It was very hard for me to put that game behind me," Reeves said about being shut out at Kansas in the regular-season finale. "I just went into Coach's [Sutton's] office on Monday morning and he said he would have bet a season's salary that that would never happen to me."

Oklahoma State roster

No. Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown, G, Reb., Ast., Pts.

3 Kevin Miles, F, 6-8, 224, So., Dallas, 23, 1.3, 1.3, 2.0

4 Randy Staats, G, 6-0, 171, So., Wichita, Kan., 00, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

12 Chad Alexander, G, 6-3, 184, Fr., McPherson, Kan., 20, 0.7, 0.3, 1.4

15 Randy Rutherford, G, 6-3, 188, Sr., Broken Bow, Okla., 32, 6.2, 1.7, 19.8

20 Scott Pierce, F, 6-0, 211, Sr., Euloss, Texas, 32, 2.6, 1.1, 4.7

22 Tommy Warner, G, 6-0, 154, Fr., Galesburg, Ill., 00, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

23 Chianti Roberts, G/F, 6-5, 192, Fr., Edmond, Okla., 32, 3.1, 2.5, 6.4

32 Terry Collins, F, 6-6, 190, Sr., Joilet, Ill., 32, 3.3, 2.6, 8.2

33 Mike Hendren, G, 6-5, 192, Fr., Russellville, Ark., 00, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

35 Andre Owens, G, 5-11, 180, Jr., South Bend, Ind., 32, 3.3, 6.9, 8.0

43 Jason Skaer, F, 6-7, 215, Fr., Deer Park, Texas, 32, 2.4, 0.7, 5.2

44 Ben Baum, C, 6-11, 234, So., Aurora, Colo., 21, 0.7, 0.2, 0.7

45 John Nelson, C, 6-11, 259, Fr., West Fork, Ark., 27, 2.4, 1.1, 2.7

50 Bryant Reeves, C, 7-0, 292, Sr., Gans, Okla., 32, 9.5, 0.7, 21.4

No. 13 Drexel (22-7)

Head coach: Bill Herrion.

Career record: 85-33 in four seasons.

Record at Drexel: Same.

Conference: North Atlantic.

Conference tournament: Beat Northeastern, 72-52, in final.

Best win: 83-74 at NAC runner-up New Hampshire.

Worst loss: 81-74 at eighth-place Maine.

NCAA tournament record: 0-2.

Last NCAA appearance: 1994, lost to Temple, 61-39, in first round.

Probable starters: C Malik Rose, Jr., 6-7; F George Hudgins, Jr., 6-6; G Leland Redmond, Fr., 5-11; G Brian Holden, Sr., 6-4; G Jeff Myers, So., 6-2.

Scouting report: Basketball in Philadelphia goes beyond the Big Five, as the Dragons dominated the NAC for the second straight year. Herrion, 36, an assistant to Mike Jarvis at Boston University and George Washington, stresses an up-tempo style and man-to-man defense, but he'll switch to zone if necessary against Oklahoma State. The 250-pound Rose (19.6 ppg, 13.3 apg) is the nation's second-leading rebounder. Holden (17.1 ppg) and Myers (11.6 ppg) produce in the three-guard attack, as the Dragons take more than 18 three-pointers per game.

Notable: Drexel is billing its game as Big Country -- Oklahoma State's Bryant Reeves -- against Big City. . . . The Drexel campus abuts Penn's. . . . Rose was the North Atlantic Player of the Year, and is a two-time MVP in the NAC tournament. He went to Overbrook High, the alma mater of Wilt Chamberlain. . . . Towson State will join the NAC next year. The Tigers and Dragons were rivals in the defunct East Coast Conference. Herrion's .720 winning percentage is the best of any Drexel coach with more than two years at the school.

What they're saying: "Our kids were definitely wide-eyed last year," Herrion said. "We had never been to the NCAAs before, and to compound the situation, we played Temple, another Philadelphia team. We got humbled by them, and I'm hoping the experience we gained will help this time."

Drexel roster

No. Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown, G, Reb., Ast., Pts.

00 Malik Rose, C/F, 6-7, 250, Jr., Philadelphia, 29, 13.3, 1.2, 19.6

4 Warren Williams, F/G, 6-5, 205, Sr., Chevy Chase, Md., 28, 1.1, 1.0, 2.1

12 Leland Redmond, G, 5-11, 165, Fr., Houston, 29, 1.9, 2.8, 4.9

14 Jake Bunting, G, 5-10, 165, Fr., Ambler, Pa., 10, 0.3, 0.1, 1.0

15 Charlie Peters, G, 6-1, 170, Jr., Philadelphia, 9, 0.4, 0.1, 0.3

21 Brian Holden, G, 6-4, 198, Sr., Holbrook, Mass., 29, 3.9, 3.5, 17.1

23 David Frey, F, 6-7, 205, So., Kansas City, Mo., 26, 1.2, 0.7, 3.0

24 Jeff Myers, G, 6-2, 185, So., Philadelphia, 29, 4.9, 3.4, 11.6

30 George Hudgins, F, 6-6, 205, Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn., 28, 4.1, 0.7, 6.0

31 Cornelius Overby, G, 6-0, 170, Jr., Bronx, N.Y., 23, 3.1, 2.2, 8.6

32 Dimitris Stefanidis, G, 6-4, 180, Fr., Athens, Greece, 12, 0.3, 0.1, 0.8

33 Brahin Riley, F, 6-7, 175, Fr., Philadelphia, 21, 1.1, 0.1, 1.0

50 Chris Kohles, F, 6-6, 225, Sr., Glenside, Pa., 13, 0.5, 0.1, 0.9

55 Jason Yoder, C/F, 6-10, 240, Fr., Palmyra, N.J., 28, 2.8, 0.6, 4.3

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