By Michael Rand
Jeff Shelman, the Star Tribune’s men’s college basketball beat writer, checks in to dispense some knowledge. You listen to him. He knows about hoops, and he knows where you live. Stay off of his lawn!
One to watch in the world of college hoops tonight: No. 14 Oklahoma State at Tennessee (6 p.m., ESPN2). The Cowboys are undefeated; Bruce Pearl’s Vols have two losses, but they came to Butler and North Carolina.
Two others to track: Missouri State at St. Louis — Very good game between two schools that reside in the world between mid-major and high-major. North Dakota State at Colorado State — Another big test for the plucky Bison. Colorado State has won six in a row since early losses to Baylor and Rice. Here’s a name to remember: Jason Smith. The NBA scouts like Colorado State’s 7-foot junior. He’s averaging 17.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.