Cowboys Host TCU in League Home Opener

Jan. 8, 2013

Oklahoma State vs TCU

7 pm | Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Stillwater, Okla. | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)

Television — Big 12 Network

Dave Armstrong | play-by-play

Reid Gettys | analyst

Cox (OKC) — 11

Cox (Tulsa) — 10

Suddenlink — 11

direcTV —   *

Dish —   *

* check local listings

Radio — Cowboy Radio Network

Dave Hunziker | play-by-play

John Holcomb | analyst

Satellite Radio — Sirius 138

Game Notes vs TCU in PDF format 

Game Information

Oklahoma State opens the home portion of the Big 12 Conference schedule as the Cowboys host newcomer TCU on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 pm inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network, with Dave Armstrong handling the play-by-play duties and Reid Gettys providing color commentary. OSU is 17-2 all-time against the Horned Frogs, including a 4-1 mark in Stillwater.

About Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State is 10-3 overall this season and 0-1 in Big 12 Conference action following a 73-67 loss at No. 25 Kansas State on Saturday. The Cowboys are currently ranked No. 36 according to

Markel Brown and Marcus Smart lead OSU offensively, averaging 14.5 and 14.3 ppg, respectively. Smart also leads the Pokes in assists (64) and steals (34). Philip Jurick is the team leader in rebounds, averaging 6.9 per game. Le’Bryan Nash (13.8 ppg) and Phil Forte (11.0 ppg) are also averaging in double figures.

The Cowboy defense is limiting its opponents to just 57.8 points per game and 37.4 percent shooting from the floor. OSU has held five opponents under the half-century mark this year, a feat which has not been accomplished since the 2000-01 season. Five different Cowboys have reached double figures in blocked shots: Jurick (16), Smart (14), Brown (13), Kamari Murphy (13) and Michael Cobbins (10).

About TCU

TCU is 9-5 overall and 0-1 in league play in its first season as a Big 12 member. The Horned Frogs lost to Texas Tech 62-53 in their home conference opener. TCU is led by sophomore guard Kyan Anderson who is averaging 12.5 points and 3.8 assists per game. Senior forward Garlon Green is the only other Frog averaging double figures at 11.5 ppg. Adrick McKinney, a senior forward, is leading the team in rebounding at 6.8 rpg. As a team, TCU is averaging just 57 points per game while allowing 55.1 per contest. Trent Johnson is in his first season as the head coach of the Horned Frogs after five seasons at Nevada, four at Stanford and four more most recently at LSU. He is 235-190 in his 14th season as a head coach.

Cowboy Quick Hits

• Oklahoma State has won 10-consecutive conference home openers, dating back to 2003.

• OSU leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks 50th nationally with a +2.9 turnover margin.

• The Cowboys also lead the league and rank eighth nationally with a 76.9 free-throw percentage.

• Oklahoma State is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has four different players ranked among the league’s top 20 in scoring.

• Marcus Smart leads the Big 12 and ranks 15th nationally in steals per game (2.62 spg).

• Smart was named the Big 12 Conference’s Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after his performances against 10th-ranked Gonzaga and No. 25 Kansas State.

• Phil Forte ranks second in the league and 93rd nationally with his 2.46 three pointers per game.

OSU in Big 12 Conference Home Openers

Oklahoma State is 13-3 all-time in Big 12 Conference home openers, including a current 10-game winning streak. The last time the Cowboys lost a league home opener was on Jan. 5, 2002, when the Pokes fell to Texas 70-61. Oklahoma State’s most common opponent has been Texas Tech on five occasions, with the Cowboys winning four of those. This will obviously be the first league game with TCU as the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 this season.

Series History With TCU

Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with TCU 17-2, a series which dates all the way back to the 1917-18 season, when the Cowboys won 48-22 in Fort Worth. OSU holds a 4-1 mark vs the Horned Frogs in Stillwater. The Cowboys have won the last six contests, dating back to a 65-47 victory in Fort Worth on Dec. 22, 1992.

As the newest member to the league, this will obviously be the first meeting between these two teams as Big 12 Conference members. However, OSU and TCU have been conference foes before. In 1923-24 and 1924-25, both teams were members of the Southwest Conference. The Pokes won three of those four games. The Horned Frogs’ only other victory in the series was a 92-61 romp at the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City on Dec. 26, 1986.

These two teams met in the 1953 NCAA Tournament in Manhattan, Kan., with sixth-ranked OSU coming out with a 71-54 win. Bob Mattick had 35 points in that contest, going 13-of-18 from the floor.

Last Time vs the Horned Frogs

Despite committing 25 turnovers and shooting just 64 percent from the line, Oklahoma State defeated TCU in the semifinal game of the 2005 Las Vegas Invitational with a 66-58 victory. Torre Johnson scored a team-high 15 points off the bench, and the Cowboy defense limited the Horned Frogs to just 37.3 percent shooting from the floor and forced 23 turnovers.

Byron Eaton scored six points and dished out six assists, but also had six of OSU’s miscues. Marcus Dove had nine points and tied David Monds with a team-high six rebounds. Monds finished with eight points.

The Cowboys shot 58.3 percent in the first half and took a 37-30 lead into the locker room. Nile Murry had a game-high 18 points for TCU, leading four Horned Frogs in double figures.

Keeping it Close

Even though Oklahoma State has trailed by as many as 11 points in a game this season, the Cowboys have kept a close eye on their opponents. Through 13 games, OSU has trailed by more than one possession for just 43 minutes and 44 seconds. Nearly 10 minutes of that came in the last 13 minutes of the Virginia Tech game and more than 17 came against Gonzaga. Oklahoma State has either led or trailed by no more than three points for 92 percent of the 525 minutes of court time. The Pokes trailed Akron by four points for a little over two minutes of overtime in Puerto Rico, and trailed Central Arkansas by as many as 11 points for nearly six minutes. In OSU’s Big 12 opener at Kansas State, the Cowboys trailed by more than three points for just under nine minutes, but nearly six of that came in the final seven minutes of the contest. In the eight remaining games, OSU has not fallen behind by more than one possession.

Stifling Defense

The Cowboys are priding themselves on defense. Through 13 games this season, Oklahoma State has held its opponent under the half-century mark five times, matching the most since the 1964-65 season when the Cowboys held six opponents under 50 points. OSU has allowed more than 70 points only twice this season, and has held its opponents to under 70 points in six of the last seven games. The Pokes limited South Florida and Missouri State to fewer than 50 points in back-to-back games, and accomplished that same feat against UT Arlington and Tennessee Tech. Three times since 2001-02 has OSU held consecutive opponents to under 50 points, and all three have occurred in the last two seasons.

Equally stifling is the opponents’ field-goal percentage. OSU ranks third in the Big 12 in FG percentage defense at 37.4 percent (Texas has a 33.9 FG percentage defense to lead the league). The Cowboys have held nine of their last 12 opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the floor. OSU ranks 19th nationally in field-goal percentage defense, 29th in scoring defense and 36th in scoring margin.

Block Party

As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 5.3 blocked shots per game, good for third in the Big 12 and 24th nationally. That average currently ranks as the second-highest average in school history, behind the 1988-89 squad that averaged 6.3 blocks per game.

Three current players also rank among the top-15 shot blockers in school history. With a blocked shot against Kansas State, Markel Brown tied Richard Dumas for 11th in school history with 65 in his career. Philip Jurick has a team-high 16 blocks this season and 63 in his career, good for 13th. As a sophomore, Michael Cobbins already has 59 blocked shots, good for 15th. He needs just two to move past James Anderson and into 14th place.

Jurick ranks eighth and Marcus Smart ranks 11th in the Big 12 for blocked shots, while Kamari Murphy and Brown are tied for 14th. All four are averaging at least one blocked shot per contest.

Top Shot-Blocking Guard

With a blocked shot against Tennessee Tech, Markel Brown surpassed James Anderson for the most career blocks ever by a Cowboy guard. With one vs Kansas State, Brown now has 65. Anderson had 60 blocked shots in 101 games, while Brown reached that mark in 77 contests. The current Cowboy also has the most blocked shots ever by a player under 6-5.

Balanced Scoring

Oklahoma State is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has four different players ranked among the league’s top 20 in scoring. Baylor and Kansas each have three players among the top-20 scorers. Markel Brown ranks seventh (14.5 ppg), Marcus Smart is eighth (14.3 ppg) and Le’Bryan Nash is 11th (13.8 ppg) in the Big 12 scoring ranks. Phil Forte is tied for 20th with his 11 points per game.

The Stat Sheet Stuffer

Marcus Smart fills the stat sheet better than anyone else in the league. He is the only player in the Big 12 Conference who ranks among the top-15 statistically in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots). Smart leads the league in steals, is fifth in assists, is 11th in blocked shots, ranks eighth in scoring and is 15th in rebounding. He is also fifth in minutes played, ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio, 10th in free-throw percentage and 11th in defensive rebounds. That’s nine different statistical categories in which he ranks among the Big 12’s top 15.

Stop, Thief!

Marcus Smart has 34 steals through 13 games this season, an average of 2.6 thefts per game and leading the Big 12 Conference. That average ranks as the second-highest in school history, behind only Brooks Thompson’s 2.9 steal-per-game average in 1993-94. Smart’s total already ranks fifth among all-time freshmen in school history. He’s on pace to challenge the Big 12 freshman record of 89, set by Kansas’ Mario Chalmers in 2005-06 in 33 games. Cookie Belcher of Nebraska had 87 steals in 33 games in 1996-97.

Sharing the Wealth

Marcus Smart has scored 186 points so far this season. However, Smart’s assists have led to nearly as many points by his teammates. Smart has handed out 64 assists this season, leading to a total of 155 points by his teammates. His 64 assists have led to nine jumpers, 10 layups, 18 dunks and 27 three pointers. Smart has been involved in 341 of OSU’s 928 points, or 36.7 percent.

Of Smart’s 64 assists, 18 have gone to Phil Forte, leading to 52 points, including 16 three-pointers. Markel Brown has been on the receiving end of 19 Smart assists, leading to 44 points, while Le’Bryan Nash has scored 22 points off 10 Smart assists. Kamari Murphy has scored 15 points off seven assists by Smart, and Michael Cobbins has scored 10 points off five Smart assists.

Turnover Margin

Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference in turnover margin, averaging 2.9 fewer turnovers per game than its opponents. Texas Tech ranks second in the league with a +2.3 turnover margin. The current turnover margin for OSU would rank fourth in school history. Oklahoma State has had a plus turnover margin greater than 3.0 just three times in school history, including the school record +3.5 turnover margin created during the 1997-98 season. 

Free-Throw Shooting

Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks eighth nationally in free-throw percentage at 76.9 percent. The next-closest team in the league is Kansas at 74.8 percent, 21 percentage points lower than OSU. Five different Cowboys are shooting better than 78 percent from the line and four are shooting better than 80 percent or better: Phil Forte (.864), Michael Cobbins (.833), Le’Bryan Nash (.800) and Markel Brown (.800).

Team Rebounding

Oklahoma State is one of five schools in the Big 12 that have two players ranked among the top 15 in rebounding. Philip Jurick is 10th at 6.9 rebounds per game, while Marcus Smart ranks 15th at 6.1 rpg.

Six Cowboys are currently averaging at least 4.4 rebounds a game. Along with the aforementioned duo, Kamari Murphy is averaging 5.4 boards per game, while Le’Bryan Nash and Michael Cobbins are both averaging 4.5 rebounds per contest. Markel Brown is averaging 4.4 rpg.

Since 1994-95, Oklahoma State has had three-consecutive games with 40 or more rebounds on only four occasions, including twice this season. The others were in 1996-97 and 1997-98. OSU has grabbed at least 40 rebounds in six of 13 games this year. Last season, the Cowboys recorded 40 or more rebounds in a game just five times.

Tough at Home

Gallagher-Iba Arena is a very formidable place to play for opposing teams. Since the beginning of the 1988-89 season, the Cowboys have a 320-46 record on the white maple court, good for a .874 winning percentage.

Of OSU’s last 13 losses at home, 10 have been to ranked opponents. Since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, the Cowboys have eight wins over ranked opponents inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, including three victories over top-five teams (defeated fourth-ranked Kansas 61-60 on Feb. 23, 2008; defeated the top-ranked Jayhawks 85-77 on Feb. 27, 2010; and defeated No. 2 Missouri 79-72 on Jan. 25, 2012).



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