Sophomore guard Adrian Oliver injured his back in practice and didn’t travel with the Huskies on their way to Oklahoma State for their game against the Cowboys on Saturday afternoon.
As reported earlier, Justin Holiday also stayed home with a viral infection. And while guard Ryan Appleby did travel, he isn’t expected to play due to his thumb injury. That leaves the Huskies pretty thin for what is an exceptionally important early season game.
AT OKLAHOMA STATE (2-3)
2:30 p.m., Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Okla.
Series: The Cowboys lead 7-3 overall and have won the last two meetings, most recently 84-72 on Dec. 21, 1999, in Seattle. Washington is 37-48 all-time against current members of the Big 12 Conference, including a 77-63 loss to Texas A&M last week in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York. Oklahoma State is 25-25 all-time against schools from the Pacific-10 Conference.
Statistical leaders: For UW, F Jon Brockman, 18.8 ppg and 11.3 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 5.3 apg. For OSU, G/F James Anderson, 19.2 ppg; G/F Marcus Dove, 5.2 rpg; G Byron Eaton, 3 apg.
Scouting report: This game is part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Oklahoma State will make a return visit to Seattle next season. The Cowboys are an athletic team that tries to deny the pass on defense and push the ball on offense. They are second in the Big 12 in steals (11.2 spg), fourth in turnover margin (plus-6.4) and fourth in 3-point field goals made. They also rank third in their league in offensive rebounding; however, overall they are being outrebounded by almost five per game.
Next: Dec. 8, noon, vs. No. 14 Pittsburgh, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.