Feb. 10, 2014
OKLAHOMA STATE at TEXAS
Tuesday, Feb. 11 • 6 pm
Erwin Events Center
Television — ESPN2
Dave Flemming | play-by-play
Miles Simon | analyst
Holly Rowe | reporter
Cox (OKC) — 28
Cox (Tulsa) — 26
Suddenlink — 32
direcTV — 209
Dish — 144
U-Verse — 606
Radio — Cowboy Radio Network
Dave Hunziker | play-by-play
John Holcomb | analyst
Oklahoma State travels to Austin, Texas, for a Tuesday game vs the Texas Longhorns. Tipoff is set for 6 pm inside the Erwin Events Center, and the game will be televised by ESPN. Dave Flemming will handle the play-by-play duties, while Miles Simon provides color commentary and Holly Rowe serves as sideline reporter.
About Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is 16-7 overall this season and 4-6 in league play following a 65-61 loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night. OSU is averaging 82.8 points per game this season with four players averaging at least 12 ppg. Marcus Smart leads the scoring attack with 17.5 ppg, among the leaders in the Big 12 Conference. Markel Brown is also among the league’s top scorers, averaging 16.6 ppg, while Le’Bryan Nash (14.5 ppg) and Phil Forte (12.3 ppg) are both ranked among the league’s top 20.
OSU is shooting 47.7% from the floor, including 36.7% from beyond the arc. The Cowboys have a scoring margin of 14 points per game. They also have a +3.4 turnover margin. OSU’s defense has allowed more than 75 points just six times this season (including 98 in the 3OT game), giving up 68.7 ppg, a 39.9% FG defense and 31.6% three-point FG defense.
Texas 18-5 overall this season and 7-3 in league action following a 74-57 loss at Kansas State on Saturday. The Longhorns are led by four players averaging double figures: Jonathan Holmes (13.1 ppg), Isaiah Taylor (12.3 ppg), Javan Felix (11.8 ppg) and Cameron Ridley (10.8 ppg and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game).
The Longhorns had a seven-game winning streak snapped at Manhattan. Despite losing its first two Big 12 games (Oklahoma, at OSU), UT strung together seven victories, including wins at West Virginia, at Baylor and at home against Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas.
As a team, the Longhorns are averaging 76 ppg while allowing 69.9 ppg. They are shooting 43.5% from the floor, including 32.8% from long range and have a +7.8 rebounding margin. Rick Barnes is 376-160 in his 16th season as head coach of the Texas basketball program.
Series History vs Texas
Texas leads the all-time series with the Cowboys, 45-39, including a 26-12 mark in Austin. OSU has won the last four meetings against Texas, and swept the Longhorns last season for the first time since 2004, the last time the Cowboys won in Austin.
Texas is 26-16 vs Oklahoma State since the Big 12 formed 1996-97.
Last Game vs the Longhorns
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Marcus Smart dominated every aspect of No. 11 Oklahoma State’s victory over Texas. The sophomore scored 24 points, tied a career high with 11 rebounds, and had six steals and five assists with no turnovers in the Cowboys’ 87-74 win over the Longhorns.
Markel Brown scored 27 points and Phil Forte had 14 for the Cowboys, who shot 54 percent from the field in the second half after struggling early. OSU, which entered averaging 86 points, eventually overwhelmed the Longhorns.
And then, there was the free-throw difference. Oklahoma State shot 51 to Texas’ 23. The Cowboys only made 35 of them, but that was enough.
Demarcus Holland had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Damarcus Croaker scored 12 points for the Longhorns.
Oklahoma State led by a point at halftime but raced out of the gate after the break. Back-to-back alley-oop dunks by Smart and Kamari Murphy highlighted a run that gave the Cowboys a 57-45 lead.
Oklahoma State switched to a zone defense to start the second half, a move that Ford said worked better than expected.
Smart took a hit in the face, and Texas was called for a flagrant 1. Smart made both free throws, and the Cowboys remained in control from there.
The Cowboys got off to a quick start, but Texas used strong play on the offensive boards to tie the score at 20 with 8 minutes left in the first half.
Croaker’s 3-pointer gave the Longhorns a 27-22 lead and made the home crowd uneasy. Texas’ lead swelled to eight in the first half before Oklahoma State rallied. Forte’s 3-pointer trimmed the Longhorns’ lead to three.
Smart scored in close, then the Cowboys regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Stevie Clark with 31 seconds left in the half. Oklahoma State led 38-37 at the break, despite shooting 39 percent and missing nine of 24 free throws.
The combination of OSU’s hot shooting and continual trips to the free-throw line in the second half were too much for the Longhorns to overcome.
Up Next for OSU
OSU returns home this Saturday 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.
After Saturday, OSU will travel to Waco, Texas, to face the Baylor Bears on Monday, Feb. 17, at 8 pm in a Big Monday broadcast on ESPN.