BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — In a clash of conflicting oranges, Tennessee will meet Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The game will be televised by ESPNU at 10:30 a.m.
Picked to finish third behind Kansas and Baylor in the Big 12 season, the Cowboys present the first formidable test of the Vols' season.
Oklahoma State (2-0) narrowly escaped Akron in Thursday's opening game of the tournament. A 69-65 overtime victory came after the Zips held a 65-61 lead with 1:37 remaining in the game.
UT coach Cuonzo Martin called the Cowboys "very talented" after the Vols' 75-65 victory against UNC Asheville.
"Marcus Smart does a tremendous job running their team and Le'Bryan Nash is one of the best in the country," Martin said. "They have the personnel to be successful."
Both Nash and Smart are former McDonald's All-Americans and are NBA prospects.
Nash, a 6-foot-7 inside-outside combo-forward, will present an intriguing matchup for the Vols.
Martin said he plans to use wings Josh Richardson and D'Montre Edwards on Nash when he plays small forward and Kenny Hall on him when he slides to the power forward spot.
Nash led Oklahoma State with 18 points against Akron, while Smart finished with 16 points and Markel Brown added 17.
The Cowboys shot 37.5 percent from the field and had just eight assists on 21 made field goals.
Final Look: The winner of Tennessee-Oklahoma State will face the winner of N.C. State-Massachusetts in the championship game on Sunday.
Last Meeting: UT and Oklahoma State last met in the 2009 NCAA tournament first round in Dayton.
The Vols fell 77-75 and are 1-2 all-time against the Cowboys.
Anybody Out There?: Attendance was scarce at Coliseo Ruber Rodriguez for the opening games of the Tip-Off. Only small pockets of fans filled to lowest section in the 9,000-seat arena.
Midway through the day, tournament officials dropped tarps to cover the gym's empty end zone sections.
Watching Stokes: Another day, another award nomination.
Tennessee sophomore Jarnell Stokes was included in the Naismith Trophy Watch List compiled this week by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Stokes hopes to still be on the list when it's trimmed from 50 to 30 in November. In March, only four will be left standing when the voters cut the list down to select finalists.
Seven SEC players appear on the list. In addition to Stokes, Florida's Kenny Boyton and Patric Young, Missouri's Michael Dixon and Phil Pressey, and Kentucky's Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel all were selected.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn