Nov. 24, 2012
vs Portland State
1 pm | Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
Stillwater, Okla. | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
Television — Fox Sports Oklahoma
Mike Wolfe | play-by-play
Bryndon Manzer | analyst
Cox (OKC) - 37
Cox (Tulsa) - 27
Suddenlink - 37
DirecTV - 679
Dish – 416
Radio — Cowboy Radio Network
Dave Hunziker | play-by-play
John Holcomb | analyst
Oklahoma State returns to Gallagher-Iba Arena as champions of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off as the Cowboys host Portland State on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 pm. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma, with Mike Wolfe handling the play-by-play duties and Bryndon Manzer providing expert analysis. This will be the first meeting between these two schools on the hardwood.
About Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is 4-0 this season and ranked in both the national polls. Following a 76-56 victory over No. 6 North Carolina State in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, the Cowboys are ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press poll and 22nd in the USA Today Coaches poll. It is OSU’s first top-25 ranking since the week of Feb. 12, 2007.
Le’Bryan Nash, named to the all-tournament team last weekend, is averaging 19 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season. He also leads the Big 12 Conference in free-throws made (38) and attempted (44), good for a .864 shooting percentage. Marcus Smart, named the MVP of the PRTO, is averaging 14.8 poitns, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals per game and is shooting 84 percent from the free-throw line. Markel Brown is chipping in 12.5 points per contest, while Phil Forte is averaging 10.3 points and shooting 47.4 percent from beyond the arc.
About Portland State
Portland State is 1-2 this season after falling to Portland 81-60 on Wednesday night. The Vikings are led by sophomore guard Dre Winston who is averaging 14.7 points per game and shooting 57.7 percent from the floor, including 4-of-9 from long range. Senior forward Renado Parker is averaging 11 points and has a team-high eight steals, while junior forward Aaron Moore is chipping in 9.3 points and grabbing five rebounds per contest. PSU defeated Pacific 77-58 and fell at Oregon 80-69 before Wednesday’s loss. Lateef McMullan, a senior guard for the Vikings, hails from Tulsa, but went to high school in Gastonia, N.C.
Oklahoma State travels to Blacksburg, Va., and will play at Virginia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 pm CT. The Cowboys are 0-3 all-time against the Hokies, including two losses last season. The game will be broadcast over the internet on ESPN3.
Cowboys in the Big 12 Statistical Rankings
Several Cowboys can be found among the Big 12 Conference leaders in the statistical rankings. Le’Bryan Nash ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 19 points per game. Only Baylor’s Pierre Jackson has averaged more (20.2 ppg). Nash is fifth in free-throw percentage (86.4 percent), 14th in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and second in minutes played (37 mpg).
Marcus Smart ranks among the top 10 in eight statistical categories: first in steals (3.0 spg), third in assists (5.0 apg), fourth in minutes played (35.2 mpg), sixth in scoring (14.8 ppg), sixth in rebounding (8.0 rpg), sixth in free-throw percentage (84 percent), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) and ninth in blocked shots (1.5 bpg).
Markel Brown is ranked 13th in scoring (12.5 ppg) and first in minutes played (37.8 mpg). Phil Forte is second in the Big 12 in three-point field-goal percentage (47.4 percent) and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.3). Kamari Murphy is 11th in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and ninth in blocked shots (1.5 bpg). Philip Jurick is 14th in blocked shots per game (1.3).
The Stat Sheet Stuffer
OSU freshman Marcus Smart fills the stat sheet better than anyone else in the league. He is the only player in the Big 12 Conference who ranks among the top-10 statistically in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots). He is first in steals, fourth in assists, sixth in scoring, ninth in rebounding and ninth in blocked shots. Baylor’s Pierre Jackson and Cory Jefferson are the only other players in the league who come close, and they only rank in the top 10 in three of those categories.
Team Free-Throw Shooting
Although it’s early in the season, Oklahoma State has already proven that as a team, it has the ability to make free throws. The Cowboys are currently shooting 79.4 percent from the charity stripe, leading the Big 12 Conference. The school record for a season is 79.1 percent during the 1957-58 season. Le’Bryan Nash made 13-of-13 free throws against N.C. State, tying for the fifth-most FTs made without a miss by a Cowboy in a single game.
Tough at Home
Gallagher-Iba Arena is a very formidable place to play for opposing teams. Since the beginning of the 1988-89 season, the Cowboys have a 314-45 record on the white maple court, good for a .875 winning percentage. In fact, Oklahoma State has won 174 of its last 178 non-conference games, dating back to 1987, good for a .978 winning percentage.
Of OSU’s last 12 losses at home, nine have been to ranked opponents. Since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, the Cowboys have eight wins over ranked opponents inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, including three victories over top-five teams (defeated fourth-ranked Kansas 61-60 on Feb. 23, 2008; defeated the top-ranked Jayhawks 85-77 on Feb. 27, 2010; and defeated No. 2 Missouri 79-72 on Jan. 25, 2012).
Against the Big Sky Conference
OSU has never played Portland State on the hardwood, but is 5-0 against teams from the Big Sky. The Pokes are 2-0 vs Southern Utah, and 1-0 against Montana, Montana State and Eastern Washington. The last game against a Big Sky opponent was on March 19, 2004, when the Cowboys defeated Eastern Washington 75-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. OSU went on to the Final Four that season.
Four Cowboys are currently averaging more than five rebounds a game. Marcus Smart leads the squad with his eight rebounds per game. Kamari Murphy is averaging 7.3 boards per game, while Le’Bryan Nash is grabbing 6.8 rebounds a game. Markel Brown is averaging 5.3 rebounds, and Philip Jurick is grabbing 4.8 boards per contest.
As a team, Oklahoma State has grabbed at least 40 rebounds in each of the last three games. Only five times last season did the Cowboys record 40 or more rebounds in a single game. In fact, you have to go all the way back to the 1997-98 season to find three-consecutive games in which OSU grabbed 40 or more rebounds. That year, OSU had 46 boards vs Arizona State, 40 against Jackson State and 40 vs Arkansas State from Dec. 10-23.
The last time Oklahoma State grabbed 40 or more rebounds in four-consecutive games? That would’ve been the 1993-94 season, when the Cowboys recorded 53 rebounds vs Prairie View A&M (Jan. 4), 43 at Oklahoma (Jan. 8), 45 vs West Texas A&M (Jan. 10) and 44 at Kansas State (Jan. 15).
Taking the Lead
In four games this season, Oklahoma State has trailed its opponent for just 17 minutes, 15 seconds. That’s just over 10 percent of the entire game action. In fact, of those 17:15, 3:50 of that came during the overtime vs Akron. OSU trailed for almost 2:45 against UC Davis, and trailed for just 2:20 against Tennessee. The Cowboys trailed for 3:30 against N.C. State, and trailed for just under nine minutes against Akron in the entire game.