No. 8 UConn men's basketball vs. Oklahoma State: Time, TV, and what you need to know

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Connecticut forward Adama Sanogo, left, looks to shoot over Alabama forward Nick Pringle during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Invitational tournament in Portland, Ore., Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Connecticut forward Adama Sanogo, left, looks to shoot over Alabama forward Nick Pringle during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Invitational tournament in Portland, Ore., Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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STORRS — En route to a Phil Knight Invitational championship, an 8-0 record and a first top-10 ranking in nearly a decade, the UConn men's basketball team has made it look rather easy.

Every win has been by at least 15 points. The depth is so great that the Huskies' back-up center, Donovan Clingan, was named Phil Knight Invitational Most Valuable Player.

The key now is to keep it going, keep the pedal on full throttle. Because it doesn't get any easier, beginning on Thursday night..

UConn hosts Oklahoma State in a Big East/Big 12 Challenge bout. The Cowboys are 5-2. They've lost a home game to Southern Illinois, and fell to UCF in overtime in the Bahamas. They barely got by Big East bottom-feeder DePaul in that Bahamas tournament.

But the Cowboys are not to be taken lightly. They've got a talented backcourt led by leading scorer Avery Anderson (12.7 ppg) and Bryce Thompson (11.0). And they've got great size in the middle in the form of 7-foot-1 center Moussa Cisse, who's averaging 10 points, 10.6 rebounds and nearly four blocks (!) per game.

Cisse as the American Athletic Conference (remember them?) Freshman of the Year two seasons ago at Memphis. He transferred to Oklahoma State last season and was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 1.86 blocked shots per game.

Of course, UConn was able to largely neutralize Oregon's front line of 7-foot, 7-foot, 6-11, thanks in no small part to Clingan, the 7-2 freshman. Cisse promises to be an even bigger challenge to Clingan and leading scorer Adama Sanogo. Dan Hurley played the two together for about a three-minute stretch in the win over Oregon, and UConn outscored the Ducks 8-2 over that stretch.

Asked if Hurley would continue to utilize Sanogo and Clingan together in the future, the coach was non-commital: "Obviously, if Adama continues to shoot the ball like that and we could space him behind the line, that's definitely something that we could do. We'll play some zone, some 1-3-1. There's ways we can get both of them on the court. It's something we'll tinker with."

UConn vs. Oklahoma State

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Gampel Pavilion

Records: UConn 8-0, Oklahoma State 5-2

TV: FS1

Radio: UConn Sports Network, WAVZ-New Haven (1300 AM), WGCH- Greenwich (1490 AM), WATR-Waterbury (1320 AM), WICH-Norwich (1310 AM, 94.5 FM), WILI-Wilimantic (1400 AM, 95.3 FM), 97.9 FM-ESPN Hartford, SiriusXM-983, SXM App 973

PROBABLE STARTERS

OKLAHOMA STATE

Player Pos. PPG

Avery Anderson G 12.7

Bryce Thompson G 11.0

Kalib Boone F 9.6

Moussa Cisse C 10.0

John-Michael Wright G 9.9

UCONN

Player Pos. PPG 

Tristen Newton G 12.6

Nahiem Alleyne G 6.8

Alex Karaban F 10.4

Jordan Hawkins G 11.2

Adama Sanogo C 18.5