March 11, 2014
OKLAHOMA STATE vs TEXAS TECH
First Round Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship
Wednesday, March 12 6 pm
Kansas City, Mo.
Television -- Big 12 Network
Dave Armstrong | play-by-play
Reid Gettys | analyst
Cox (OKC) -- KOCB 34
Cox (Tulsa) -- KMYT 41
Suddenlink -- KOCB 11
direcTV -- *
Dish -- *
U-Verse -- *
* check local listings
Radio -- Cowboy Radio Network
Dave Hunziker | play-by-play
John Holcomb | analyst
Oklahoma State travels to Kansas City, Mo., to participate in the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The Cowboys will face Texas Tech in the first round on Wednesday, March 12, at 6 pm inside the Sprint Center. The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network, with Dave Armstrong handling the play-by-play duties and Reid Gettys providing color commentary. OSU and Tech split the season series, with each team winning at home. OSU owns the all-time series 39-16. It will also be Coach Ford's 200th game as head coach of OSU.
About Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is 20-11 overall this season and finished 8-10 in league play following an 85-81 overtime loss at Iowa State on Saturday. OSU is averaging 80.7 points per game this season with four players averaging at least 13 ppg. Marcus Smart leads the scoring attack with 17.9 ppg, among the leaders in the Big 12 Conference. Markel Brown is also among the league's top scorers, averaging 17.2 ppg, while Le'Bryan Nash (14.2 ppg) and Phil Forte (13.2 ppg) are both ranked among the league's top 20.
OSU is shooting 46.7% from the floor, including 37% from beyond the arc. The Cowboys have a scoring margin of 11.6 points per game, and nine of their 11 losses have been by two or fewer possessions (two in overtime). They also have a league-leading +3.5 turnover margin. OSU's defense is giving up 69.1 ppg, a 40.4% field-goal defense and a 32.4% three-point field-goal defense.
About Texas Tech
Texas Tech is 14-17 overall this season and finished 6-12 in league play following a 59-53 win over Texas on Saturday. The Red Raiders are led by the forward duo of Jaye Crockett (13.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Jordan Tolbert (10.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg). Guard Robert Turner is third on the squad at 9.5 ppg, and leads the team with 83 assists.
As a team, Tech is averaging 68.6 ppg while allowing 68.1 ppg. The Red Raiders are shooting 45.6% from the floor, including 31.2% from long range. They have a +0.6 scoring margin and are averaging 6.2 steals per game. Tubby Smith is in his first season as head coach of Texas Tech. He is 525-243 in his 23rd season overall as a head coach, including stops at Tulsa (1991-95), Georgia (1995-97), Kentucky (1997-2007) and Minnesota (2007-13).
Series History vs Tech
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with Texas Tech 39-16, including a 5-1 mark in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, OSU is 30-12 vs Tech.
The Cowboys have won seven of the last eight meetings between these two teams.
Of the 55 games played in the Big 12 era between these two schools, 23 have been decided by single digits. In fact, six of the last 20 games have been decided by a single possession.
This Season vs the Red Raiders
Oklahoma State and Texas Tech split the regular-season series with each team winning at home. The Red Raiders defeated OSU 65-61 in Lubbock, with the Cowboys defeating TTU 84-62 in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State shot 53.4 percent from the floor in the two games, including 12 of 31 (38.7 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. OSU also made 39 of 45 free throws, good for 86.7 percent.
In Lubbock, OSU led by as many as eight with less than 14 minutes remaining in the game. But, a 10-2 run over the next four minutes tied the score at 46-46. There were five ties and four lead changes over the final 10 minutes.
Trailing by two with 40 seconds remaining, Robert Turner forced a turnover and Marcus Smart fouled Jaye Crockett going to the basket. Smart was called for a technical following the play. Dusty Hannahs made 1 of 2 tech FTs, and Crockett made 1 of 2 as well to give the Red Raiders a four-point cushion and the win.
In Stillwater, all five Cowboy starters reached double figures, and Smart recorded his first-career double-double in points and assists. Nash led all scorers with 21 points, going 7 of 8 from the floor as well as the free-throw line.
Forte had 20 points, Smart scored 16, Brown 11 and Kamari Murphy had 10. Smart also had six steals while Brown had five assists.
OSU shot nearly 57 percent from the field and scored 21 points off 15 Red Raider turnovers. The Cowboys dished out 20 assists in the game and had just nine turnovers.
Smart averaged 19 points and six assists in the two games, including his double-double. He scored a game-high 22 points in Lubbock on 6 of 12 shooting, but was also 9 of 10 from the line.
Phil Forte averaged 17.5 ppg against the Red Raiders, and was 7 of 15 (46.7 percent) from three-point range. He scored 20 in Stillwater, making four treys and all six FT attempts.
Nash was very efficient in both games, connecting on 10 of 12 field goals and 13 of 15 free throws, averaging 16.5 points per game.
Defensively, the Cowboys held the Red Raiders to just 63.5 points per game, but that came on nearly 47 percent shooting from the floor. Tech committed just 22 turnovers total in the two contests, or just 11 per game.
Up Next for OSU
The winner of Wednesday's 6 pm contest will face top-seeded Kansas on Thursday at 2 pm inside the Sprint Center in the quarterfinal round. That game will be televised on ESPN2, with Brent Musburger handling the play-by-play duties, Fran Fraschilla providing expert analysis and Holly Rowe serving as the sideline reporter.
Should the Cowboys win their first two games, the semifinal matchup would be with the winner of the Iowa State/Kansas State game and would be played Friday evening at 6 pm. That game will be televised on the Big 12 Network. The Championship game is set for 8 pm on Saturday night and will be televised on ESPN.