Feb. 7, 2014
#19 OKLAHOMA STATE vs TEXAS TECH
Saturday, Feb. 8 • 8:30 pm
United Spirit Arena
Television — ESPNU
Anish Shroff | play-by-play
Tim Welsh | analyst
Cox (OKC) — 253
Cox (Tulsa) — 253
Suddenlink — 503
direcTV — 208
Dish — 141
U-Verse — 605
Radio — Cowboy Radio Network
Dave Hunziker | play-by-play
John Holcomb | analyst
Oklahoma State travels to Lubbock, Texas, this weekend to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Tipoff for Saturday’s contest inside the United Spirit Arena is set for 8:30 pm, and the game will be televised by ESPNU. Anish Shroff will handle the play-by-play duties, while Tim Welsh provides color commentary.
About Oklahoma State
The 19th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys are 16-6 overall this season and 4-5 in league play following a 98-97 triple-overtime loss to Iowa State on Monday night. OSU is averaging 83.8 points per game this season with four players averaging at least 12 ppg. Marcus Smart leads the scoring attack with 17.3 ppg, among the leaders in the Big 12 Conference. Markel Brown is also among the league’s top scorers, averaging 17 ppg, while Le’Bryan Nash (14.6 ppg) and Phil Forte (12.2 ppg) are both ranked among the league’s top 20.
OSU is shooting 47.7% from the floor, including 36.6% from beyond the arc. The Cowboys have a scoring margin of 15 points per game. They also have a league-leading +3.9 turnover margin. OSU’s defense has allowed more than 75 points six times this season (including 98 in the 3OT game), giving up 68.9 ppg, a 39.6% FG defense and 31.6% three-point FG defense.
About Texas Tech
Texas Tech is 11-11 overall this season and 3-6 in league play following a 60-54 win over TCU at home on Saturday. The Red Raiders ended a three-game losing streak with the win. They are 9-4 at home, including 2-3 in Big 12 Conference action in the United Spirit Arena.
TTU is led by senior forward Jaye Crockett who is averaging 14.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg. Junior forward Jordan Tolbert is averaging 11.1 ppg and 6.0 rpg and they are the two players averaging double figures. Robert Turner is chipping in 9.7 ppg while Dusty Hannahs is averaging 9.2 ppg.
As a team, the Red Raiders are averaging 72 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the floor, including 32.7% from long range. Tech is coached by Tubby Smith, in his first season as head coach of the Red Raiders.
Series History vs TTU
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with Texas Tech 38-15, but the series is deadlocked at 9-9 for games played in Lubbock. Since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, OSU is 29-11 vs Tech, including a 9-8 mark in Lubbock.
The Cowboys have won the last six games in the series by an average of 16.8 points per game. OSU’s last loss in Lubbock was three years ago, a 75-74 overtime loss on Jan. 29, 2011.
Of the 53 games played in the Big 12 era between these two schools, 22 have been decided by single digits. In fact, six of the last 18 games have been decided by a single possession.
Last Season vs the Red Raiders
Oklahoma State swept Texas Tech last season, picking up a 79-45 win in Stillwater before defeating the Red Raiders 91-67 in Lubbock. The Cowboys have won six in a row against Texas Tech, which includes three in Stillwater and one in the Big 12 Tournament.
In the first contest in Stillwater, the Cowboys defense limited Texas Tech to just 28.3 percent shooting, including just 3 of 17 (17.6%) from beyond the three-point arc. OSU also out-rebounded the Red Raiders by 17 (43-26). Markel Brown scored 21 points and dished out six assists with no turnovers in 31 minutes, and Phil Forte hit 4 of 7 three pointers and 7 of 8 free throws en route to 19 points.
Jaye Crockett scored a team-high 11 points off the bench for Tech, while Jordan Tolbert scored 10. Dusty Hannahs had nine for the Red Raiders, but no other Texas Tech player had more than five.
The Cowboys grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and outscored Tech 14-3 in second-chance points. OSU’s bench also outdistanced the Tech bench, 32-15.
In a 91-67 victory in Lubbock, Brown connected on 7 of 8 three-point attempts and scored a game-high 25 points. The Cowboy offense was on fire, connecting on 32 of 57 (56.1%) shots from the floor, including 12 of 20 (60%) from beyond the arc.
This time around, it was a pair of Texas Tech guards — Dusty Hannahs (14 points) and Josh Bray (10 points) who paced the Red Raiders in scoring. Crockett and Tolbert combined for just 13 points on 12 field-goal attempts.
Oklahoma State jumped out to a 24-6 lead just over seven minutes into the game, and despite a 12-2 run by the Red Raiders, the Cowboys led 55-34 at halftime.
Up Next for OSU
Oklahoma State will play back-to-back road games for the only time this season as the Cowboys travel to Austin, Texas, to face the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday, February 11, at 6 pm on ESPN2’s Super Tuesday.
Next Saturday, OSU returns home to host Bedlam-rival Oklahoma in a 1 pm game that will be televised on ESPN. Oklahoma State will also host a 10-year reunion of the players who competed in the 2004 Final Four.
Several players have confirmed they will attend the reunion. Active NBA players Tony Allen and John Lucas, as well as Joey Graham and Ivan McFarlin, who both had stints in the NBA, will be in Stillwater next weekend. Also returning is Janavor Weatherspoon, who has moved back to Delaware.