Jan. 11, 2013
Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma
2 pm | Saturday, January 12, 2013
Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)
Television — ESPN2
Jon Sciambi | play-by-play
Fran Fraschilla | analyst
Cox (OKC) — 28
Cox (Tulsa) — 26
Suddenlink — 32
direcTV — 209
Dish — 144
Radio — Cowboy Radio Network
Dave Hunziker | play-by-play
John Holcomb | analyst
Satellite Radio — Sirius 138 • XM 194
Oklahoma State travels to Norman, Okla., this weekend for the 223rd edition of Bedlam on the hardwood. The game is scheduled for 2 pm inside the Lloyd Noble Center, and the game will be televised by ESPN2, with Jon Sciambi handling the play-by-play duties and Fran Fraschilla providing expert analysis. These two teams have split the last three regular-season series, with the home team winning each contest.
About Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is 11-3 overall this season and 1-1 in Big 12 Conference action following a 63-45 win over TCU. The Cowboys are currently ranked No. 30 according to RPIRatings.com.
Markel Brown and Marcus Smart lead OSU offensively, averaging 14.5 and 14.3 ppg, respectively. Smart also leads the Pokes in assists (67) and steals (39). Philip Jurick is the team leader in rebounds, averaging 7.1 per game. Le’Bryan Nash (13.7 ppg) and Phil Forte (10.6 ppg) are also averaging in double figures.
The Cowboy defense is limiting its opponents to just 56.9 points per game and 37.4 percent shooting from the floor. OSU has held six opponents under the half-century mark this year, a feat which has not been accomplished since the 1964-65 season. Five different Cowboys have reached double figures in blocked shots: Jurick (17), Smart (15), Brown (13), Kamari Murphy (13) and Michael Cobbins (13).
Oklahoma is 10-3 overall this season and 1-0 in league play following a 67-57 win at West Virginia on Saturday. The Sooners are No. 18 in the latest RPI. OU is led by senior forward Romero Osby who is averaging 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. Fellow senior Steven Pledger, a guard, is chipping in 11.5 points and grabbing 3.1 boards per contest. As a team, Oklahoma has a +2.3 turnover margin and is outrebounding its opponents by 2.2 boards per game. The Sooners’ losses are to ninth-ranked Gonzaga on a neutral court, at Arkansas and to Stephen F. Austin at home. OU is coached by Lon Kruger, in his second season with the Sooners and his 27th season overall. He has a 504-323 record in stints at UTEP, Kansas State, Florida, Illinois, UNLV and now Oklahoma.
Cowboy Quick Hits
• OSU leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks 50th nationally with a +2.5 turnover margin.
• The Cowboys also lead the league and rank eighth nationally with a 76.7 free-throw percentage.
• Oklahoma State has made a three pointer in 400 consecutive games.
• Oklahoma State has fallen behind by more than three points (one possession) for just eight percent of the 565 minutes played in 14 games this season.
• Marcus Smart leads the Big 12 and ranks 15th nationally in steals per game (2.79 spg). He needs two steals to move past Corey Williams and into third place on the OSU freshman steals list.
• Smart was named the Big 12 Conference’s Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after his performances last week against 10th-ranked Gonzaga and No. 25 Kansas State.
Smart on Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List
Marcus Smart has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List, it was announced on Thursday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. He is one of two true freshmen on the ballot. Smart’s teammate, Le’Bryan Nash, was on the initial top 50 list for the Wooden Award, the first time since 2007 that two Cowboys were Wooden Award candidates. Smart becomes the 13th Cowboy nominated for the Wooden Award since 1995.
Smart a Finalist for Cousy Award
Marcus Smart has been named a finalist for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, it was announced on Thursday by the National Basketball Hall of Fame. He is the only true freshman on the list of 20 finalists for the Cousy Award.
Series History vs Oklahoma
Oklahoma leads the all-time Bedlam series with Oklahoma State 128-94, including a 79-26 mark in Norman. The Cowboys have won five of the last eight meetings. Since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, OU holds a slim 18-17 record.
The last time Oklahoma State won in Norman was on Feb. 16, 2004, when the seventh-ranked Cowboys handled the Sooners 65-52. Since then, OU has rattled off eight-straight victories in the Lloyd Noble Center, including a 77-64 victory in the last meeting.
Coach Travis Ford is 5-5 all-time against Oklahoma, with all 10 meetings occurring during his stint in Stillwater.
Last Season’s Meetings vs the Sooners
For the third-consecutive season, the Cowboys and Sooners split their regular-season series with each team winning at home. OSU won the game in Stillwater, 72-65, behind a 21-point performance by Le’Bryan Nash.
Oklahoma State took a 13-point lead into intermission while holding the Sooners to just 25 percent shooting in the period, including an 0-for-6 performance from beyond the arc. OU responded in the second period, scoring 43 points. Romero Osby finished with 18 points and 10 boards.
Oklahoma won the second contest in Norman, 77-64, despite a career-night performance by Page. The 5-9 guard scored 29 points, including a 9-of-17 outing from beyond the three-point arc.
Romero Osby had 16 points and 13 boards as the Sooners outrebounded the Cowboys 47-32. OU had 12 offensive boards, leading to a 12-4 margin in second-chance points.
Despite scoring just 12 points in the first half, OSU made a game of it, scoring 52 after halftime. Page scored 26 of his 29 points after intermission, connecting on 8-of-12 treys. It is the most points by a Cowboy in a second half in the Ford era.
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 14 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 565 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.
The Cowboys are priding themselves on defense. Through 14 games this season, Oklahoma State has held its opponent under the half-century mark six times, matching the most since the 1964-65 season when the Cowboys also held six opponents under 50 points. 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 33.6 FG percentage defense to lead the league and Kansas is second at 34.9 percent). The Cowboys have held six opponents to less than 36 percent shooting from the floor. OSU ranks 19th nationally in field-goal percentage defense, 29th in scoring defense and 36th in scoring margin.
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.
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 17 blocks this season and 64 in his career, good for 13th. As a sophomore, Michael Cobbins already has 62 blocked shots, good for 14th. He is averaging 1.4 blocks per game in his career, which would rank fifth in school history with enough games played.
Oklahoma State is one of two teams in the Big 12 Conference that has three different players ranked among the league’s top 11 in scoring. Markel Brown ranks seventh (14.5 ppg), Marcus Smart is tied for eighth (14.3 ppg) and Le’Bryan Nash is 11th (13.7 ppg) in the Big 12 scoring ranks. Baylor is the other team that has three players among the top-11 scorers.
Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference in turnover margin, averaging 2.5 fewer turnovers per game than its opponents. West Virginia is second in the league with a +2.4 turnover margin and Oklahoma is third at +2.3. The current turnover margin for OSU would rank sixth 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.
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-16 statistically in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots). Smart leads the league in steals, is fifth in assists, is tied for eighth in scoring, is 10th in blocked shots and ranks 16th in rebounding. He is also fifth in minutes played, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio, 11th in free-throw percentage and 13th in defensive rebounds. That’s nine different statistical categories in which he ranks among the Big 12’s top 16.
Marcus Smart has 39 steals through 14 games this season, an average of 2.8 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 is tied for fourth 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 200 points so far this season. However, Smart’s assists have led to quite a few points by his teammates. Smart has handed out 67 assists this season, leading to a total of 161 points by his teammates. His 67 assists have led to 10 jumpers, 10 layups, 20 dunks and 27 three pointers. Smart has been involved in 361 of OSU’s 991 points, or 36.4 percent.
Of Smart’s 67 assists, 18 have gone to Phil Forte, leading to 52 points, including 16 three-pointers. Markel Brown has been on the receiving end of 20 Smart assists, leading to 46 points, while Le’Bryan Nash has scored 24 points off 11 Smart assists. Kamari Murphy has scored 15 points off seven assists by Smart, and Michael Cobbins has scored 10 points off five Smart assists.
Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks eighth nationally in free-throw percentage at 76.7 percent. The next-closest team in the league is Kansas at 74.3 percent, 24 percentage points lower than OSU. Five different Cowboys are shooting better than 78 percent from the line: Phil Forte (.875), Markel Brown (.795), Le’Bryan Nash (.792), Marcus Smart (.790) and Michael Cobbins (.786).
Six Cowboys are currently averaging at least 4.4 rebounds a game. Philip Jurick leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game, while Marcus Smart is averaging 5.7 boards per contest. Kamari Murphy is averaging 5.4 rebounds per game, while Le’Bryan Nash is grabbing 4.6 per game and Markel Brown is averaging 4.5 rpg. Michael Cobbins is grabbing 4.4 rebounds per contest.
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 seven of 14 games this year. Last season, the Cowboys recorded 40 or more rebounds in a game just five times.