Jan. 25, 2013
Oklahoma State vs West Virginia
12 pm | Saturday, January 26, 2013
Stillwater, Okla. | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
Television — ESPNU
Brad Sham | play-by-play
Bob Valvano | analyst
Cox (OKC) — 253
Cox (Tulsa) — 253
Suddenlink — 503
direcTV — 209
Dish — 141
Dave Hunziker | play-by-play
John Holcomb | analyst
Satellite Radio — Sirius 85 • XM 85
Oklahoma State returns home to host Big 12 newcomer West Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 26, at noon in a game televised by ESPNU. Brad Sham will handle the play-by-play duties while Bob Valvano will provide color commentary. The game will also be available on satellite radio, channel 85 on Sirius and on XM.
About Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is 12-5 overall this season and 2-3 in Big 12 Conference action following a 64-54 loss at Baylor on Monday. The Cowboys are currently ranked No. 45 according to RPIRatings.com.
Markel Brown leads OSU offensively, averaging 14.4 ppg. Le’Bryan Nash is second with his 13.9 ppg, while Marcus Smart is chipping in 13.2 ppg. Smart leads the Pokes in assists (77) and steals (46). Philip Jurick is the team leader in rebounds, averaging 7.1 per game. Phil Forte is also averaging in double figures in scoring at 10.8 points per contest.
The Cowboy defense is limiting its opponents to just 57.8 points per game and 37.5 percent shooting from the floor. OSU has held seven opponents under the half-century mark this year, a feat which has not been accomplished since the 1962-63 season. Five Cowboys have blocked 15 or more shots this season: Jurick has 20, Kamari Murphy and Smart have each blocked 16, while Brown and Michael Cobbins both have 15 blocked shots.
About West Virginia
West Virginia is 9-9 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 Conference action following a 71-50 win over TCU on Wednesday night in Morgantown. Seven Mountaineers are averaging more than seven points per game, but no one is averaging double figures. Sophomore guard Juwan Staten leads the team at 9.9 ppg and 51 assists. Junior center Aaric Murray is second with 9.5 ppg and leads the squad with 6.5 rebounds per game. In league play, West Virginia lost to Oklahoma and Kansas State at home, lost at Iowa State, and defeated Texas in OT in Austin. WVU has played two common opponents outside conference play. The Mountaineers lost at Gonzaga 84-50 and defeated Virginia Tech at home, 68-67. Bob Huggins is in his sixth season as the head coach following a one-year stint at Kansas State. He is 679-250 in his 29th season as a head coach, which includes 16 at Cincinnati.
Remembering the 10
Sunday will mark the 12-year anniversary of the plane crash that killed 10 members of the Cowboy Basketball program. OSU will observe a moment of silence before Saturday’s game, and the library carillion will toll 10 times at 6:37 pm on Sunday. Those 10 men were: Kendall Durfey (radio engineer), Bjorn Fahlstrom (co-pilot), Nate Fleming (student-athlete), Will Hancock (media relations coordinator), Dan Lawson (student-athlete), Brian Luinstra (athletic trainer), Denver Mills (pilot), Pat Noyes (director of operations), Bill Teegins (radio play-by-play) and Jared Weiberg (student assistant).
Cowboy Quick Hits
• OSU ranks 15th nationally in field-goal percentage defense, 18th in scoring defense and 31st in scoring margin.
• Oklahoma State is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has three different players ranked among the league’s top 10 in scoring.
• Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks 18th nationally in free-throw percentage at 75.2 percent.
• Oklahoma State ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and 67th nationally in turnover margin, averaging 2.3 fewer TOs per game than its opponents.
• Since the beginning of the 1988-89 season, the Cowboys have a 322-46 record inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, good for a .875 winning percentage.
• Marcus Smart is the only player in the Big 12 Conference who ranks among the league’s top-15 leaders statistically in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots).
• Oklahoma State sophomore Marek Soucek (2010-11) and West Virginia sophomore Volodymyr Gerun (2011-12) both attended the Canarias Basketball Academy.
• Cowboy sophomore Le’Bryan Nash and Mountaineer sophomore Keaton Miles both attended and played at Dallas Lincoln High School.
• OSU head coach Travis Ford was 0-1 vs West Virginia while at UMass.
• WVU coach Bob Huggins is 1-2 all-time against Oklahoma State (1-1 at Cincinnati, 0-1 at Kansas State).
• West Virginia junior Aaric Murray played OSU twice at La Salle. He scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the All-College Classic on Dec. 21, 2009, and scored 23 points and grabbed 13 boards against the Pokes in The Palestra in Philadelphia on Dec. 4, 2010. OSU won both games.
Series History vs West Virginia
In the only meeting with West Virginia on the hardwood in school history, the Mountaineers defeated the Cowboys 67-49 on Dec. 19, 1958. The game was part of the sixth-annual Kentucky Invitational in OSU’s inaugural season in the Big Eight Conference. These two teams will meet once again in one’s inaugural season in a new league.
Last Time vs the Mountaineers
Arlen Clark scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe, but a West Virginia trio, including Jerry West, all scored in double figures as the Mountaineers shot nearly 55 percent from the floor. West finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Bob Smith led the team with 16 and Bucky Bolyard scored 14 on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field. OSU, the nation’s leading free-throw shooting team a year before, connected on just 15 of 29 attempts from the line and shot 35 percent from the floor.
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 rebounding defense, third in defensive rebound percentage, fourth in steals, and fifth in defensive rebounds. The only defensive statistical category OSU doesn’t excel in is three-point FG percentage defense, where the Pokes rank eighth.
Although there are still 13 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 57.8 ppg through 17 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 37.5 FG percentage on defense, which would rank in the top 10 in school history.
The Cowboys have held seven opponents to less than 36 percent shooting from the floor and two below 30 percent. OSU ranks 15th nationally in field-goal percentage defense, 18th in scoring defense and 31st in scoring margin.
Keeping it Under 50
Oklahoma State has held its opponent under the half-century mark seven times this season, the most since 1962-63 when the Cowboys held 10 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 10 in scoring. Markel Brown ranks sixth (14.4 ppg), Le’Bryan Nash ranks eighth (13.9 ppg), and Marcus Smart ranks 10th (13.2 ppg) in the Big 12 scoring ranks. Baylor has two scorers ranked among the top 10, while Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa State each have one. Not surprisingly, all three of the Cowboys who rank among the league’s best scorers are also among the Big 12’s top free-throw shooters (Nash ranks sixth, Brown ninth and Smart 12th in FT percentage).
Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks 18th nationally in free-throw percentage at 75.2 percent. The next-closest team in the league is Oklahoma at 74.6 percent. Four different Cowboys are shooting better than 75 percent from the line: Phil Forte (88.6%), Le’Bryan Nash (79.3%), Markel Brown (78.5%) and Marcus Smart (75.3%).
Oklahoma State ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and 67th nationally in turnover margin, averaging 2.3 fewer turnovers per game than its opponents. Kansas State leads the league with a +2.6 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.
Six Cowboys are currently averaging at least 4.4 rebounds a game. Philip Jurick leads the team with 7.1 rpg, while Marcus Smart is averaging 5.7 rpg. Kamari Murphy and Michael Cobbins are both averaging 4.9 rebounds per contest. Markel Brown is grabbing 4.5 per game and Le’Bryan Nash 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 eight of 17 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 322-46 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).
As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 5.1 blocked shots per game, good for third in the Big 12 and 35th 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 against Texas Tech, Markel Brown has 67 in his career and ranks 11th in school history. He needs seven to move into the top 10. Philip Jurick has a team-high 20 blocks this season and 67 in his career, tying Brown for 11th in school history. As a sophomore, Michael Cobbins already has 64 blocked shots, ranking 14th. He is averaging 1.42 blocks per game in his career, which would rank fifth in school history with enough games played.
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 Texas Tech, Brown now has 67 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.
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 league’s top-15 leaders statistically in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots). Smart leads the league in steals, is sixth in assists, is 10th in scoring, is tied for 12th in blocked shots and ranks 15th in rebounding. He is also seventh in minutes played, eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio, 12th in free-throw percentage and 12th in defensive rebounds. That’s nine different statistical categories in which he ranks among the Big 12’s top 15.
Marcus Smart has 46 steals through 17 games this season, an average of 2.71 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.
Oklahoma State provides several ticket options for Cowboy Basketball home games this season. A full season ticket package includes all 18 games and is $275. However, there are other, more economical options as well.
The Weekend Package — for $150, OSU fans can get a ticket to every game played on a Saturday or Sunday, nine games total. It includes games against Oklahoma (Sat., Feb. 16), Texas (Sat., March 2), and Kansas State (Sat., March 9).
The Flex Package — for $100, Cowboy fans can choose a total of six different games they want to attend, including three non-conference games, two Big 12 Conference games, and one premium game (Oklahoma, Kansas or Texas).
Single-Game Prices — single-game tickets are available now, and at very reasonable prices. Below is a list of the cheapest tickets available for each game:
$15 — South Florida, Gonzaga, TCU, Iowa State
$20 — Texas Tech, West Virginia, Baylor, Kansas State
$25 — Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas
Oklahoma State remain in Stillwater as they host Iowa State (13-5, 3-2) on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 pm in a game televised on the Big 12 Network. The Cowboys will then travel to Lawrence, Kan., on Saturday, Feb. 2, for a matchup with the league-leading Kansas Jayhawks (17-1, 5-0) in a 3 pm tipoff on the Big 12 Network.