Ivan McFarlin will be in attendance next Saturday as OSU recognizes the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Final Four appearance.
Feb. 6, 2014
STILLWATER -- Oklahoma State will honor and recognize the 10th anniversary of the 2003-04 Cowboy Basketball team which advanced to the program's sixth Final Four during OSU's contest vs Bedlam-rival Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Players and staff will be recognized at halftime of the in-state rivalry game, which tips off at 1 pm CT and will be televised on ESPN. Former players who are confirmed to attend are current NBA standouts Tony Allen and John Lucas, as well as former Cowboys Ivan McFarlin, Joey Graham and Janavor Weatherspoon. Former head coach and College Basketball Hall of Famer Eddie Sutton will also be in attendance.
In 2003-04, the Cowboys compiled a 31-4 overall record and 14-2 conference mark, tying the 1945-46 squad for the school's all-time single-season win total. OSU won its first Big 12 regular-season championship and defeated 11th-ranked Texas in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament for the first of back-to-back league tournament titles. The Cowboys earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament's East Rutherford Regional.
A second half turnaround fueled a 75-56 victory over Eastern Washington in the first round, and a dominating performance from Joey Graham helped the Pokes rout seventh-seeded Memphis 70-53 and earn a spot in the Sweet 16.
The Cowboys then downed No. 9 Pittsburgh 63-51, forcing a showdown with the No. 1-seeded Saint Joseph's Hawks. With a trip to San Antonio on the line, OSU met up with national player of the year Jameer Nelson and St. Joe's for an Elite Eight matchup that resulted in an instant classic.
After falling behind by six at halftime and heading towards a narrow defeat, John Lucas sank a three pointer with 6.9 seconds remaining, giving Oklahoma State a one-point lead. After a great defensive play by Daniel Bobik, the Cowboys advanced to the sixth Final Four in school history.