Feb. 2, 2014
OKLAHOMA STATE vs IOWA STATE
Monday, Feb. 3 • 8 pm
Television — ESPN
Brent Musburger | play-by-play
Fran Fraschilla | analyst
Holly Rowe | reporter
Cox (OKC) — 29
Cox (Tulsa) — 25
Suddenlink — 31
direcTV — 206
Dish — 140
U-Verse — 602
Radio — Cowboy Radio Network
Dave Hunziker | play-by-play
John Holcomb | analyst
Oklahoma State hosts Iowa State on Monday, February 3, at 8 pm inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The game will be televised on ESPN as part of its Big Monday package, with Brent Musburger handling the play-by-play duties, Fran Fraschilla providing color commentary and Holly Rowe serving as the sideline reporter. It will also be Eddie Sutton Night, as OSU celebrates the career and life of the Hall of Fame coach.
About Oklahoma State
The eighth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys are 16-5 overall this season and 4-4 in league play following a 76-70 loss to Baylor on Saturday. OSU is averaging 83.2 points per game this season with four players averaging at least 12 ppg. Marcus Smart leads the scoring attack with 17.2 ppg, among the leaders in the Big 12 Conference. Markel Brown is also among the league’s top scorers, averaging 16.9 ppg, while Le’Bryan Nash (14 ppg) and Phil Forte (12.4 ppg) are both ranked among the league’s top 15.
OSU is shooting 47.6% from the floor, including 37% from beyond the arc. The Cowboys have a scoring margin of 15.7 points per game. They also have a league-leading +4.1 turnover margin. OSU’s defense has allowed more than 75 points five times this season, giving up 67.5 ppg, a 39.4% FG defense and 31.7% three-point FG defense.
About Iowa State
Iowa State is 16-4 overall this season and 4-4 in league play following an 81-75 victory over Oklahoma at home on Saturday. The Cyclones have lost four of their last six conference games, but have defeated both OU and Kansas State by the same score at home (81-75).
ISU has four players averaging in double figures as well. Melvin Ejim leads the squad with his 18.1 ppg. Georges Niang is chipping in 16.4 ppg, while DeAndre Kane is averaging 16.1 ppg and a team-high 5.8 apg. Dustin Hogue is scoring 11.2 ppg and grabbing a team-high 8.9 rpg.
As a team, the Cyclones are averaging a league-high 84.4 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the floor, including 35.3% from long range. ISU is led by Fred Hoiberg, who is 78-43 in his fourth season as head coach.
Series History vs ISU
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with Iowa State 63-54, including a 37-13 mark in Stillwater. Since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, OSU is 18-6 vs Baylor, including an 11-0 mark at home.
The Cowboys have won 30 of the last 43 games in the series since 1988, the last time the Cyclones won in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Oklahoma State has won 18 straight home games over Iowa State since March 2, 1988.
OSU is 6-2 as a ranked team vs Iowa State in the Big 12 era, but just 2-2 vs a ranked Cyclone squad since 1997. The two teams have both been ranked at game time only five times in series history, with the Cowboys holding a 3-2 edge. Oklahoma State is 13-4 as the higher-ranked team overall.
Last Season vs the Cyclones
Oklahoma State and Iowa State split the regular-season series last season with each team winning at home. OSU defeated the Cyclones 78-76 in Stillwater on Jan. 30 while ISU defeated the Cowboys 87-76 in Ames.
Despite trailing by 11 points just 2-1/2 minutes into the second half, Oklahoma State went on a 15-3 run over the next five minutes to take a 54-53 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the contest. The Cyclones regrouped and led 76-72 on a layup by Korie Lucious with just over two minutes remaining in the contest. On back-to-back steals by Phil Forte, he was fouled, making 3 of 4 free throws, cutting the lead to one.
A free toss by Michael Cobbins tied the game with 47 seconds remaining, and after a missed layup by Will Clyburn, Marcus Smart zipped down the court and into the lane, releasing a runner over Georges Niang that banked off the glass and in for the winning layup with 3.1 seconds left. Tyrus McGee missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Cyclones, who had two chances in a wild final few seconds.
For a moment, it appeared Chris Babb would have a chance at two free throws to tie it up with less than a second left before officials huddled and ruled that Iowa State should instead get the ball out of bounds. Smart had a game-high 21 points along with seven assists and just one turnover in 38 minutes. Le’Bryan Nash had 18, while Forte scored 17 with four steals. ISU committed 17 turnovers to Oklahoma State’s eight.
In Ames, Smart had a game-high 24 points with eight rebounds and five steals, but Iowa State made 15 more trips to the free-throw line, and the Cyclones won 87-76. Nash and Markel Brown each scored 14 points for the Cowboys, but OSU’s defense allowed ISU to shoot 52 percent from the floor and make 35 trips to the charity stripe. The Pokes also made just 4 of 23 shots from beyond the arc, good for just 17.4 percent.
Up Next for OSU
The Cowboys will travel to Lubbock, Texas, for a game this Saturday, Feb. 8, as OSU faces Texas Tech in an 8:30 pm battle on ESPNU.
Oklahoma State will play back-to-back road games as the Cowboys travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6 pm on ESPN2’s Super Tuesday.