Game Information Oklahoma State concludes its four-game homestand to open the 2013-14 season on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when the Cowboys host the Memphis Tigers at 7 pm inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The contest is a non-bracketed game as part of the Old Spice Classic. The game will be televised on ESPN, with Bob Wischusen and Jay Bilas providing the play-by-play and color commentary. General admission tickets for Tueday’s game are available for $20 by contacting the OSU Athletic Ticket Office.
About Oklahoma State Seventh-ranked Oklahoma State is 3-0 this season following a 97-63 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday night. The Cowboys are averaging 102.3 points per game with six players averaging double figures. Phil Forte leads the scoring attack with 21 ppg, which leads the Big 12 Conference. Freshman Stevie Clark leads the team with 17 assists (also a Big 12 high), while Le’Bryan Nash has the most rebounds of any Cowboy with 19.
As a team, OSU is shooting 53.2% from the floor and is 66-of-79 from long range, good for 45.6 percent. The Cowboys lead the Big 12 in six statistical categories: scoring offense (102.3 ppg), scoring defense (55 ppg), scoring margin (+47.3 ppg), steals (12.3 spg), turnover margin (+10.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). OSU is second in the league in field goal percentage (53.2%), three-point FG percentage (45.6%), rebounding margin (+11.3), assists (19.3 apg) and three-pointers per game (12.0).
About Memphis Memphis is 1-0 this season following a 95-69 win over Austin Peay on Thursday night. The Tigers are ranked No. 11 nationally. UM had six players score in double figures, with senior guard Joe Jackson leading the charge with 16. Senior guard Geron Johnson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Tigers shot 53.6 percent from the floor, but just 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded Austin Peay, 50-27. Memphis is coached by Josh Pastner, who is 107-34 in his fifth year as head coach of the Tigers.
vs Non-Conference Ranked Opponents in GIA Tuesday’s game will be the 14th in Cowboy Basketball history with a ranked non-conference opponent stepping onto the court inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. OSU is 8-5 in the previous 13 outings. Tuesday’s game vs Memphis will mark the first time that a ranked non-conference opponent has played in GIA while school was in session since 1989, when the Cowboys hosted No. 16 Memphis on Dec. 5 of that year. OSU won that game, 93-66.
Series History with Memphis Oklahoma State and Memphis will be meeting for the sixth time in college basketball history on Tuesday, with the Cowboys holding a narrow 3-2 lead in the series. OSU has won the last two meetings, including a 70-53 victory in Kansas City in 2004 which sent the Cowboys to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. This will mark the third-straight game in the series in which the Tigers were ranked entering the contest.
This will mark the third time these two teams have met in Stillwater. OSU is 2-0 vs the Tigers in the friendly confines of Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Last Time vs the Tigers All five Cowboy starters reached double figures and Oklahoma State defeated Memphis 70-53 to advance to the Sweet 16 on March 21, 2004. Joey Graham led the Pokes with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and Ivan McFarlin recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.John Lucas also added 13 points and five assists, while Tony Allen (11 points) and Daniel Bobik (10) all reached double figures.
Memphis’ Antonio Burks had a game-high 22 points, but OSU’s rebounding was stout. The Cowboys outrebounded the Tigers 34-22 while shooting nearly 60 percent (28-of-47). Meanwhile, Memphis shot just 40 percent from the floor.
Oklahoma State took a 41-19 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to a 17-of-25 shooting performance from the floor (good for 68 percent).
Live Broadcast Tuesday’s game will be televised on ESPN, with Bob Wischusen handling the play-by-play duties and Jay Bilas providing expert analysis.
The game will also be broadcast over the radio airwaves, with Dave Hunziker handling the play-by-play chores and John Holcomb providing color commentary.
Up Next for OSU Oklahoma State travels to the state of Florida next week for four games in a seven-day span. It starts on Monday, Nov. 25, when OSU travels to Tampa, Fla., to face the South Florida Bulls. Tipoff is set for 6 pm CT and the game will be televised on ESPNews.
The Pokes will then bus over to Kissimmee, Fla., to compete in the Old Spice Classic. Oklahoma State’s first game will be against Purdue on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 10 am CT on ESPNU. The semifinals will take place on Friday, Nov. 29, with the final round on Sunday, Dec. 1.
OSU will return home and host South Carolina in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Friday, Dec. 6, at 8:30 pm inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. That game will be televised on ESPNU.