Feb. 5, 2013
No. 22 Oklahoma State vs Baylor
6 pm | Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Stillwater, Okla. | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
Television -- ESPN
Bob Wischusen | play-by-play
Stephen Bardo | analyst
Cox (OKC) -- 29
Cox (Tulsa) -- 25
Suddenlink -- 31
direcTV -- 206
Dish -- 140
Dave Hunziker | play-by-play
John Holcomb | analyst
Satellite Radio -- Sirius 92 • XM 192
Oklahoma State will host the Baylor Bears on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6 pm inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The game will be televised on ESPN, with Bob Wischusen handling the play-by-play duties and Stephen Bardo providing expert analysis. The radio broadcast can be heard on satellite radio (Sirius 92 • XM 192).
Season Ticket Holder Special
As a token of appreciation, for the remainder of the season, current men's basketball season ticket holders can purchase additional single-game tickets -- up to the number of season tickets they currently own -- in their donor level or lower, for just $25 in the 200 level and $10 in the 300 level.
For example, if a season ticket holder has two season tickets in Section 304, that individual can purchase two tickets anywhere in the 300 level for $10. If a season ticket holder has four season tickets in Section 205, that individual can purchase up to four single-game tickets in sections 201, 205-206, 210-211 or 215-220 for $25, or anywhere in the 300 level for $10. The location of the single-game tickets can be no better than the current location of the season tickets.
Season ticket holders can take advantage of this opportunity today by calling the OSU Athletics Ticket office toll-free at (877) 255-4678.
Single-game tickets are also available to the public at very reasonable prices. Click here to purchase tickets.
About Oklahoma State
OSU is 15-5 overall this season and 5-3 in Big 12 action following a resumé-building 85-80 victory over No. 1/2 Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday. The Cowboys are currently ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll, 24th in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 18 in ESPN's Basketball Power Index.
Markel Brown leads OSU offensively, averaging 15.5 ppg while shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc. Marcus Smart is second with his 14.2 ppg, while Le'Bryan Nash is chipping in 13.2 ppg. Smart leads the Pokes in assists (91) and steals (58). Philip Jurick is the team leader in rebounds, averaging 7.2 per game. Phil Forte is also averaging double figures in scoring at 11.9 points per contest and shooting 37 percent from long range.
The Cowboy defense is limiting its opponents to just 60.2 points per game and 38.7 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 16 or more shots this season: Jurick has 22, Michael Cobbins has 21, Brown and Kamari Murphy each have 17, and Smart has blocked 16 shots.
Baylor is 14-7 overall this season and 5-3 in league play following a 79-71 loss at Iowa State on Saturday. The Bears are led by senior point guard Pierre Jackson, who leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.1 ppg) and assists (5.9 apg). Freshman center Isaiah Austin is scoring 14.5 ppg while grabbing 9.4 rebounds per contest. Cory Jefferson has started every game this year at the forward position and is averaging 12.3 ppg and 8.2 rpg. After starting league play at 5-1, Baylor has lost its last two, including a three-point loss to Oklahoma at home. BU is .500 on the road in the Big 12 with wins at Texas Tech and TCU. Scott Drew is in his 10th season as head coach of the Bears, and brings with him a 171-131 record at BU.
Back in the Polls
Following victories over Iowa State and No. 1/2 Kansas, Oklahoma State is back in the Associated Press poll this week at No. 22. The Cowboys have also re-entered the USA Today Coaches poll at No. 24. OSU was ranked for seven-consecutive weeks following a tournament title at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off earlier this season, but fell from the rankings after consecutive losses to two teams currently ranked in the top 15: sixth-ranked Gonzaga at home and at No. 13 Kansas State. Oklahoma State was ranked as high as No. 15 during the week of Nov. 26.
Victory in Lawrence
The victory in Lawrence, Kan., on Feb. 2 has so many ramifications. It is not only a resumé building win, but it also gave Oklahoma State some momentum heading into the final one-third of the regular season. It ended a 16-game losing streak in Allen Fieldhouse, an arena in which Oklahoma State had not won since 1989.
It also marked OSU's first road win over a top-five team since 1958, when the Cowboys defeated the No. 2 Jayhawks 52-50 in overtime. The team Oklahoma State defeated on Saturday was ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/Coaches poll and No. 2 in the Associated Press poll.
Oklahoma State has now defeated a team ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 at game time for the third time in the last four seasons. The Cowboys defeated the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Feb. 27, 2010, and defeated the No. 2 Missouri Tigers on Jan. 25, 2012.
Weekly Honors for Smart
After his performances in two games last week, freshman Marcus Smart has been named the player of the week by several organizations. He is the first freshman to be named the conference player of the week by the league office, either Big Eight or Big 12. He is the 20th different Cowboy in school history to receive the accolade. Smart was also named the national player of the week by Andy Katz at ESPN.com. He averaged 23 points, 7.5 rebounds, five assists and 4.5 steals in the two wins while shooting 53.1 percent from the floor and 84.6 percent from the line. He made the game-winning shot against Iowa State with 3.1 seconds remaining, and made a steal in the final five seconds to preserve the victory over KU.
Cowboy Quick Hits
• Oklahoma State has defeated two top-10 teams this season, both away from Gallagher-Iba Arena.
• OSU has defeated three teams ranked in the top-two in the last four seasons.
• Marcus Smart is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week and was named the national player of the week by ESPN.com.
• OSU is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has three different players ranked among the league's top 10 in scoring and four among the top 20.
• OSU ranks 31st in scoring margin, 32nd in field-goal percentage defense, 41st in blocked shots per game and 43rd nationally in scoring defense.
• Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks 18th nationally in free-throw percentage at 75.1 percent.
• Oklahoma State ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and 51th nationally in turnover margin, averaging 2.6 fewer turnovers per game than its opponents.
• True freshman Marcus Smart leads the league in steals, ranks sixth in assists, is eighth in scoring, and ranks 15th in rebounding.
• Since the beginning of the 1988-89 season, the Cowboys have a 324-46 record on the original white-maple court, good for a .876 winning percentage.
Series History vs Baylor
Oklahoma State is 51-19 all-time against Baylor, including a 24-4 mark in Stillwater. OSU is 24-11 vs the Bears since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, including two victories in the Big 12 Championship. Baylor has won the last three meetings, and eight of the last 12. OSU has not scored more than 65 points in the last three.
The Cowboys won 18 of 19 over the Bears from 1998-2007, that lone loss coming in Stillwater in 2003. OSU had not lost to BU in Gallagher-Iba Arena since 1972 until that game. Last year, the Bears picked up their fourth victory in GIA with a 64-60 win as the No. 6 team in the country.
Current Cowboys vs Baylor
• Markel Brown has played in five games and started three vs BU. He is averaging 10 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 3.0 apg. He is 7 of 19 from long range, good for 36.8 percent.
• Michael Cobbins has started three games vs Baylor and is averaging 7.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg. He had four blocks in last year's game in Stillwater.
• Philip Jurick has started two games vs BU, scoring five points with nine rebounds and four blocks.
• Le'Bryan Nash has started three games vs Baylor, averaging 13.7 points per game. He had 24 this season in Waco.
• Marek Soucek played in both games last season, averaging 11 minutes per contest.
• Brian Williams averaged 16.5 points in two games last season vs Baylor, shooting 59.1 percent from the floor, including 4-of-9 from long range.
Last Time vs the Bears
Pierre Jackson scored 18 points, including two three-pointers and a tough inside basket in an 83-second span of the second half on the way to a 64-54 victory over Oklahoma State.
Jackson had only five points in the game's first 24 minutes before his quick eight-point spurt pushed Baylor ahead by 10 points.
Le'Bryan Nash had 24 points for the Cowboys, including 10 in their 11-2 run going into halftime for a 28-27 lead. Marcus Smart nearly recorded the school's third triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Isaiah Austin (10 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks) and Cory Jefferson (11 points, 11 rebounds, six deflections) both had double-doubles for the Bears.
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 324-46 record on the white maple court, good for a .876 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). With the victory over West Virginia, Oklahoma State has now won at least 10 home games in 25 consecutive 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 and four among the top 20. Markel Brown ranks third (15.5 ppg), Marcus Smart ranks eighth (14.2 ppg), Le'Bryan Nash ranks 10th (13.2 ppg) and Phil Forte ranks 16th (11.9 ppg) in the Big 12 scoring ranks. Baylor has two scorers ranked among the top 10, while the Bears, Kansas and Iowa State each have three among the top 20. Not surprisingly, all three of the Cowboys who rank among the league's 10 best scorers are also among the Big 12's top free-throw shooters (Nash ranks seventh, Smart 11th and Brown 12th in FT percentage).
Statistically, Oklahoma State is one of the top defensive teams in the Big 12 Conference. The Cowboys rank third in FG percentage defense, third in blocked shots, third in steals, third in rebounding defense, third in defensive rebound percentage, fourth in scoring defense, fourth in rebounding defense, 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 10 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 60.2 ppg through 20 contests.
The Cowboys have held seven opponents to less than 36 percent shooting from the floor and two below 30 percent. OSU ranks 31st nationally in scoring margin, 32nd in field-goal percentage defense and 43rd in scoring defense.
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 leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks 18th nationally in free-throw percentage at 75.1 percent. The next-closest team in the league is Oklahoma at 73.4 percent. Five different Cowboys are shooting better than 72 percent from the line: Phil Forte (90%), Le'Bryan Nash (78.2%), Marcus Smart (76.8%), Markel Brown (74.7%) and Michael Cobbins (72%). Oklahoma State has shot better than 75 percent as a team just three previous times, and just once since 1958. The Cowboys shot 78 percent from the line in 2004-05.
Oklahoma State ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and 51st nationally in turnover margin, averaging 2.6 fewer turnovers per game than its opponents. Kansas State leads the league with a +2.9 turnover margin. The current turnover margin for OSU would rank sixth in school history. Oklahoma State has had a plus turnover margin greater than 2.0 just eight times in school history, including the school record +3.5 turnover margin created during the 1997-98 season.
Marcus Smart has 58 steals through 20 games this season, an average of 2.90 thefts per game which leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks sixth nationally. That average ranks as the second-highest in school history, behind only Brooks Thompson's 2.91 steal-per-game average as a senior in 1993-94. Smart's total is the second-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 (2.70 spg).
Six Cowboys are currently averaging at least 4.2 rebounds a game. Philip Jurick leads the team with 7.2 rpg, while Marcus Smart is averaging 5.8 rpg. Michael Cobbins is grabbing 5.3 rpg and Kamari Murphy is averaging 4.5 rebounds per contest. Markel Brown is averaging 4.4 rpg and Le'Bryan Nash is grabbing 4.2 per game.
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 nine of 20 games this year. Last season, the Cowboys recorded 40 or more rebounds in a game just five times.
As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 4.9 blocked shots per game, good for third in the Big 12 and 41st 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 four deflections against Kansas, Michael Cobbins has moved into 11th place on the school list. He is averaging 1.45 blocks per game in his career, which would rank fifth in school history with two more games played. With a team-high 22 on the season, Philip Jurick has 69 in his career and sits in 12th place on the career blocks list. Markel Brown, the top shot-blocking guard in school history, is tied with Jurick for 12th with 67 career blocks.
Cobbins ranks sixth, Jurick ninth, and Brown and Kamari Murphy are tied for 15th in the Big 12 for blocked shots this season.
The Stat Sheet Stuffer
Marcus Smart fills the stat sheet better than anyone else in the league. He and KU's Ben McLemore are the only players in the Big 12 Conference who ranks among the league's leaders statistically in four major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks). Smart leads the league in steals, is sixth in assists, eighth in scoring, and 15th in rebounding. He is also seventh in minutes played, seventh in assist-turnover ratio, 11th in free-throw percentage and 13th in defensive rebounds. That's eight different statistical categories in which he ranks among the Big 12's top 15.
Oklahoma State travels to Austin, Texas, this Saturday to play the Texas Longhorns (10-12, 2-7) at 12:45 pm in a game televised by the Big 12 Network. The Cowboys will stay on the road as they travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-10, 2-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in a 6 pm game that will be televised on ESPNU.