DAYTON -- After all the frenetic running and three-point chucking that kept Oklahoma State in front of or within striking distance of No. 9 seed Tennessee for the first 39 minutes Friday, the Dayton opener boiled down to two set Cowboys plays, and that's just not Oklahoma State's game.
Eaton tells the rest: "I told our guys not to worry; we were going to win this game. Coach drew up a great play to open the court a little bit wider and I was able to get to the middle."
Typical of his day, in the first half it was Moses leaping to save a bleacher-bound ball to initiate a break, which Eaton capped with a floater. And in the second half there was Moses again on an alley-oop, stretching to salvage a poorly placed lob.
Eaton's the easy pick, but
Several of Pittsburgh's players suggested on Thursday that they wouldn't watch the earlier game -- they've done that before and it's gotten in their heads. But there they were, early in the second half, lounging behind the Oklahoma State basket. Technically, center
Coming next is Pittsburgh, a team that's made a name for itself with recent early exits. As Moses entered the locker room after the Tennessee takedown he joked, "I'm already thinking about them. I've played Blair before and I know what to expect. That guy is going to get just nasty on me."