November 29, 2013 – 9:40 am
by Kevin Johnston
Ah, Thanksgiving weekend, a time for food, family, friends, football and
corny alliterations college basketball. Yours truly has the privilege of being on site to cover the Old Spice Classic, an eight-team tournament at the HP Field House located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.
Day 1 thoughts:
No. 5 Oklahoma State 97, Purdue 87
As has been the case many times already this season, the NCAA’s new foul rules ruined what should have been an excellent game between two talented teams. The zebras called a staggering 60 fouls in the game which led to a ridiculous 74 free throw attempts.
Super sophomore Marcus Smart dropped 24 points in the first half for the Cowboys and finished with 30. Purdue valiantly fought back in the second half and trimmed Oklahoma State’s lead to four late after trailing by 23 at the break, mostly thanks to huge contributions from some of the team’s younger players. But again, sadly the story in this one was the piss-poor officiating which made the game unbearable to watch.
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