Jan. 18, 2013
Oklahoma State (11-4, 1-2)
vs Texas Tech (8-7, 1-3)
1 pm | Saturday, January 19, 2013
Stillwater, Okla. | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
Television — ESPN2
Mark Neely | 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 92 • XM 190
Oklahoma State returns home to host Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1 pm inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The game will be televised by ESPN2, with Mark Neely handling the play-by-play duties and Fran Fraschilla providing expert analysis. In fact, this is the second of four-straight nationally televised games for OSU. The Cowboys have a 36-15 all-time mark against Texas Tech, and have won eight of the last 10, including four straight.
About Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is 11-4 overall this season and 1-2 in Big 12 Conference action following a 77-68 loss at Oklahoma on Saturday. The Cowboys are currently ranked No. 42 according to RPIRatings.com.
Markel Brown leads OSU offensively, averaging 14.8 ppg. Marcus Smart is second on the team in scoring at 14 ppg, and leads the Pokes in assists (70) and steals (42). Philip Jurick is the team leader in rebounds, averaging 7.2 per game. Le’Bryan Nash (13.6 ppg) and Phil Forte (10.7 ppg) are also averaging in double figures in scoring.
The Cowboy defense is limiting its opponents to just 58.3 points per game and 37.8 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 Cowboys have reached double figures in blocks: Jurick (17), Smart (15), Michael Cobbins (15), Brown (14) and Kamari Murphy (13).
About Texas Tech
Texas Tech is 8-7 overall this season and 1-3 in league play, currently on a three-game losing streak. The Red Raiders lost at Oklahoma on Wednesday night, 81-63. Tech is led by junior forward Jaye Crockett who is averaging 13.8 points and 8.3 rebounds off the bench. Junior forward Dejan Kravic is scoring 10.2 points per game after a 20-point performance in Norman. As a team, the Red Raiders are averaging nearly 71 points per game, but are allowing more than 70 points per contest. They are shooting 44 percent from the floor, but just 27 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the line. TTU is averaging more than 15 turnovers per game. Texas Tech is coached by Chris Walker, in his first season as head coach of the Red Raiders.
Cowboy Quick Hits
• Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with Texas Tech 36-15, including an 18-3 mark in Stillwater. The Cowboys have won the last four meetings, and eight of the last 10.
• Junior Markel Brown recorded the only 30-point game of his career against Texas Tech in Lubbock last season.
• Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks ninth nationally in free-throw percentage at 76.3 percent.
• The Cowboys rank third in scoring defense (28th nationally), third in FG percentage defense (21st nationally), third in blocked shots, third in steals, fourth in rebounding defense, fourth in defensive rebounds and fourth in defensive rebound percentage.
• Oklahoma State is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has three different players ranked among the league’s top 11 in scoring.
• Marcus Smart leads the Big 12 and ranks seventh nationally in steals per game (2.80 spg). He moved past Corey Williams and into third place on the OSU freshman steals list and has nine fewer than second-place Richard Dumas in 15 fewer games.
• Since the beginning of the 1988-89 season, the Cowboys have a 321-46 record on the white maple court, good for a .875 winning percentage.
Smart Named a Sporting News Midseason All-American
Marcus Smart has been named to the midseason All-America team by Sporting News. He is joined on the first team by Michigan sophomore Trey Burke, Kansas freshman Ben McLemore, Creighton junior Doug McDermott, and Duke senior Mason Plumlee.
“Smart is perhaps the most versatile player in college basketball,” said Mike DeCourcy, college basketball columnist for Sporting News. “He scores (14.0), rebounds (5.5) and passes (4.7 assists) at a high level. Efficiency aficionados lately have conceded Smart’s accuracy as a shooter — 51.8 percent from the field, 41.7 percent on threes — has improved enough of late for them to appreciate him as well. Most important, Smart has transformed the culture at OK State. The Cowboys didn’t win their 11th game last season until the final day of January. He has made them winners.”
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.
New Local Pharmacy Promotes Basketball Program
The new CVS in Stillwater was looking for a way to reach out to the students, and decided to sponsor the student section this Saturday vs. Texas Tech. The store purchased 1,000 shirts, which will be placed in the student section bleachers. The shirts say ... “Cowboy Basketball — Team of 13,611”.
Series History vs Texas Tech
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with Texas Tech 36-15, including an 18-3 mark in Stillwater. The Cowboys have won the last four meetings, and eight of the last 10.
Since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, OSU is 27-11 against the Red Raiders, which includes six games in the Big 12 Championship, where the Pokes hold a 5-1 record vs Tech.
Oklahoma State has won nine straight over the Red Raiders inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, dating back to a 62-57 loss on Feb. 24, 2003. Tech’s other two wins in Stillwater came in the inaugural league contest between these two schools in Jan. 8, 1997, and in a non-conference game on Jan. 6, 1975.
Last Time vs the Red Raiders
Oklahoma State defeated Texas Tech 76-60 in the first round of the Big 12 Championship last season, completing a three-game sweep of the Red Raiders. Four Cowboy starters reached double figures, led by Keiton Page’s 20 points. Brian Williams added 19, while Cezar Guerrero chipped in 16 and Markel Brown scored 12.
OSU shot a perfect 16-of-16 from the free-throw line against Tech, establishing a Big 12 Championship single-game record.
Despite being outrebounded by 12, the Cowboys forced 18 turnovers while committing just seven, leading to a 31-6 edge in points off turnovers. The Pokes also scored 14 fastbreak points to Tech’s seven.
Current Cowboys vs Texas Tech
Eight current Cowboys have played at least one game against the Red Raiders. Markel Brown has played five games and started four vs Tech, averaging 13 points. That includes a 30-point outing in Lubbock last year, when he was 13 of 13 from the charity stripe.
Michael Cobbins has scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked five shots in three starts last season against the Red Raiders. Le’Bryan Nash averaged 18.5 points and five rebounds in two games against Tech last season, missing out on the Big 12 Championship game. He made 20 trips to the free-throw line in those two contests, connecting on 19.
Jéan-Paul Olukemi scored 31 points in two games as a sophomore in 2010-11, but missed all three games last season due to injury. Marek Soucek played 36 total minutes in three games, scoring seven points with three assists.
Statistically, Oklahoma State is one of the top defensive teams in the Big 12 Conference. The Cowboys rank third in scoring defense, third in FG percentage defense, third in blocked shots, third in steals, fourth in rebounding defense, fourth in defensive rebounds and fourth in defensive rebound percentage. The only defensive statistical category OSU doesn’t excel in is three-point FG percentage defense, where the Pokes rank seventh.
Although there are still 15 regular-season games remaining, this Cowboy defense ranks among the school’s best. Not since 1968-69 has an OSU squad allowed fewer than 60 points per game in a full season. This year’s team is allowing just 58.3 ppg through 15 contests. Oklahoma State has had just three seasons when the team has blocked five or more shots per game; this year’s team is averaging 5.1 bpg. OSU is currently allowing a .378 FG percentage on defense, which would rank in the top 10 in school history.
The Cowboys have held six opponents to less than 36 percent shooting from the floor. OSU ranks 21st nationally in field-goal percentage defense, 28th in scoring defense and 34th in scoring margin.
Keeping it Under 50
Oklahoma State has held its opponent under the half-century mark six times this season, matching the most since 1964-65 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.
Oklahoma State is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has three different players ranked among the league’s top 11 in scoring. Markel Brown ranks fourth (14.8 ppg), Marcus Smart ranks eighth (14.0 ppg) and Le’Bryan Nash is 11th (13.6 ppg) in the Big 12 scoring ranks. Those three also rank among the top 11 in the league in free-throw percentage. Brown is tied for seventh, Nash ranks 10th and Marcus Smart is 11th.
Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks ninth nationally in free-throw percentage at 76.3 percent. The next-closest team in the league is Oklahoma at 75.8 percent. Five different Cowboys are shooting better than 77 percent from the line: Phil Forte (.889), Markel Brown (.800), Le’Bryan Nash (.788), Michael Cobbins (.786) and Marcus Smart (.770).
As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 5.1 blocked shots per game, good for third in the Big 12 and 32nd nationally. That average currently ranks as the fourth-highest average in school history.
Three current players also rank among the top-15 shot blockers in school history. With a blocked shot at Oklahoma, Markel Brown moved past Richard Dumas and into 11th in school history with 66 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 64 blocked shots, tying Jurick for 13th. He is averaging 1.49 blocks per game in his career, which would rank fifth in school history with enough games played.
Jurick is tied for eighth and Marcus Smart is tied for 11th individually in the Big 12 for blocked shots, while Brown ranks 15th.
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 Oklahoma, Brown now has 66 in his 2-1/2 year career. 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.
Oklahoma State ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and 72nd nationally in turnover margin, averaging 2.2 fewer turnovers per game than its opponents. Oklahoma leads the league with a +2.5 turnover margin. The current turnover margin for OSU would rank seventh 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 league’s leaders statistically in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots). Kansas’ Ben McLemore ranks among the best in four categories, and eight others rank in three categories. Smart leads the league in steals, is fifth in assists, is eighth in scoring, is tied for 11th in blocked shots and ranks 19th in rebounding. He is also fifth in minutes played, ninth 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 20.
Marcus Smart has 42 steals through 15 games this season, an average of 2.8 thefts per game which leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks seventh nationally. That average ranks as the second-highest in school history, behind only Brooks Thompson’s 2.9 steal-per-game average as a senior in 1993-94. Smart’s total is the third-most 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.
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 321-46 record on the white maple court, good for a .875 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).