Nov. 30, 2012
Oklahoma State (5-0) at Virginia Tech (6-0)
2 pm ET (1 pm CT) | Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
Blacksburg, Va. | Cassell Coliseum (9,847)
Internet Broadcast -- ESPN3 (on-line only)
Booker Corrigan | play-by-play
Cory Alexander | analyst
Radio -- Cowboy Radio Network
Matt Howell | play-by-play
Bryndon Manzer | analyst
A list of stations for Saturday's game is below under Broadcast Information.
Oklahoma State will travel to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend for its first true road game of the season. The Cowboys will face Virginia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 pm ET (1 pm CT) inside Cassell Coliseum. The game will be broadcast over the internet by ESPN3, with Booker Corrigan handling the play-by-play and Cory Alexander providing color commentary. For the Cowboy radio broadcast, Matt Howell will handle the pxp duties while Bryndon Manzer provides expert analysis.
Because Saturday's game is at Virginia Tech, the Atlantic Coast Conference has rights to the television broadcast through ESPN. Due to the large number of football and basketball games on Saturday, there wasn't a timeslot available to televise the game, hence the internet broadcast. ESPN3
As far as the radio broadcast is concerned, due to the scheduling conflict with the Cowboy football game, which will start at 11 am, the men's basketball game will not be available through the normal network stations. Learfield, which owns the rights to both Cowboy football and basketball, has worked to provide the basketball game on alternate stations, which are as follows: KSPI 780 AM in Stillwater, KGHM 1340 AM in Oklahoma City, KXLS 95.7 FM in Enid, and KPGM 1500 AM in Bartlesville. Some fans in Tulsa may be able to pick up the basketball game via the Bartlesville or Stillwater stations, but another alternative is OKState.com, which will provide the broadcast for free this Saturday only.
About Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is 5-0 this season and ranked in both the national polls. The Cowboys are ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll and 17th in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Le'Bryan Nash continues to lead the Cowboys in scoring, averaging 19.2 ppg and ranking second in the Big 12 Conference. Markel Brown is second on the squad at 14.6 ppg and is shooting 42.1 percent (8 of 19) from beyond the arc. Marcus Smart is averaging 13.4 points and a team-high seven rebounds per game while also dishing out nearly six assists per contest. Phil Forte is averaging 11.2 ppg off the bench, and has connected on 11-of-22 shots (50 percent) from beyond the arc. Kamari Murphy is second on the team in rebounding at 6.8 boards per contest, while Philip Jurick is third on the team at 5.4 rpg.
About Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is 6-0 this season and is coming off a 95-79 victory over Iowa in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Tuesday evening. Five of the Hokies' six games have been on their home court, with wins over East Tennessee State, Rhode Island, VMI and Appalachian State to go with the win over the Hawkeyes. VT's only road game was at UNC-Greensboro, where the Hokies won 96-87.
Averaging 87 points per game as a team, VT's five leading scorers are all starters. The Hokies are led by senior guard Erick Green who is averaging 24.3 points and 5.1 assists per game. Junior forward Jarell Eddie is chipping in 17.5 points per game while grabbing 6.7 rebounds per contest. Seven Hokies are shooting beter than 50 percent from the floor, leading to a 49 percent team shooting percentage. VT is also connecting on its long-range shots, shooting nearly 41 percent from beyond the arc. Eddie is 17 of 31 from three-point range, good for 54.8 percent.
Virginia Tech is led by James Johnson, in his first season as the head coach. He was an assistant for the Hokies for five seasons before eventually being named the head coach this past May.
Oklahoma State's Marek Soucek and Virginia Tech's Joey van Zegeren both attended Canarias Basketball Academy during the 2010-11 season. Soucek played last season but is currently out with an injury; van Zegeren redshirted last season and has played in all six games this year, averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Series History vs Virginia Tech
Oklahoma State is 0-3 all-time against the Virginia Tech Hokies, with all three meetings coming in the last two seasons. OSU lost to VT 56-51 in the semifinals of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., on Nov. 26, 2010. The Hokies defeated the Cowboys 59-57 last year in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT in New York City on Nov. 25, 2011. In the most recent meeting, Virginia Tech beat Oklahoma State 67-61 last New Year's Eve in Stillwater.
Current Cowboys vs the Hokies
Five of Oklahoma State's active Cowboys have played against Virginia Tech. Junior Markel Brown has played three games against VT, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Senior Philip Jurick started two games against the Hokies last year and scored nine points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked five shots while shooting 80 percent (4 of 5) from the floor. Sophomore Le'Bryan Nash scored just four points in two games against VT last season, shooting 1-of-9 from the floor, grabbed just five rebounds and committed five turnovers in 44 minutes of play.
All-Time vs the ACC
Oklahoma State holds a 9-11 all-time mark against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, including this season's 76-56 win over sixth-ranked North Carolina State. OSU is 2-0 vs the Wolfpack, and is undefeated against Florida State (1-0), North Carolina (1-0) and Virginia (1-0) as well. The Cowboys are .500 against Georgia Tech (2-2), Duke (1-1) and Wake Forest (1-1). The Pokes have failed to win a game against Boston College (0-1), Clemson (0-1), Maryland (0-1), or Miami (0-1). Oklahoma State's three games against Virginia Tech trail only the Cowboys' four games against Georgia Tech in number of contests vs ACC schools.
In the span of just eight days, Oklahoma State went from unranked in either national poll to the top 15 in the Associated Press and 17th in the USA Today Coaches polls. The Cowboys moved up five spots in each poll this week, up from No. 20 in the AP poll and 22nd in the coaches poll. Last week, OSU entered the rankings for the first time since Feb. 12, 2007.
Oklahoma State is one of just two schools in the country with its football, men's basketball and women's basketball teams all currently ranked in the Associated Press poll, the other being Ohio State. Oklahoma State's football team is ranked No. 24, while the Cowgirl Basketball team is currently ranked 18th.
Seven schools are currently ranked in both the men's and women's Associated Press polls: Oklahoma State, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Ohio State. Six schools have both teams still undefeated: Oklahoma State (10-0), Duke (12-0), Alabama (11-0), California (11-0), Colorado (11-0) and Syracuse (10-0).
While Oklahoma State has added some serious firepower to the offensive end of the court, it's on defense where the Cowboys are flourishing. OSU has not allowed more than 65 points in any game so far this season, and has held its opponents to under 60 points in the last three games. Equally stifling is the opponents' field-goal percentage. The Cowboys have held their last four opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the floor, and no one has shot better than 42 percent so far this season against the Pokes.
Taking the Lead
In five games this season, Oklahoma State has trailed its opponent for just 17 minutes, 15 seconds. That's just over eight 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. Oklahoma State never trailed in its last game against Portland State.
Oklahoma State is one of just two schools in the Big 12 Conference that has four different players ranked among the league's top 20 in scoring. Le'Bryan Nash ranks second, Markel Brown is seventh, Marcus Smart is ranked 13th and Phil Forte ranks 19th. Only Baylor has four players ranked among the top-20 scorers. Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas have three each among the top 20. Neither Kansas State nor West Virginia have any players ranked among the top 20.
Oklahoma State is also one of four schools in the Big 12 that has three players ranked among the top 20 in rebounding. Marcus Smart ranks ninth, Kamari Murphy 13th and Le'Bryan Nash is ranked 16th. Only Kansas, Iowa State and Texas Tech also have three individual ranks among the top-20 rebounders.
Five Cowboys are currently averaging more than five rebounds a game. Smart leads the squad with his seven rebounds per game. Murphy is averaging 6.8 boards per game, while Nash is grabbing 6.4 rebounds a game. Philip Jurick is grabbing 5.4 boards per contest and Markel Brown is averaging 5.2 rebounds.
As a team, Oklahoma State grabbed at least 40 rebounds in three-straight 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.
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-15 statistically in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots). He is third in steals, third in assists, ninth in rebounding, ninth in blocked shots and 13th in scoring.
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 79.2 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.
And From Long Range
As a team, Oklahoma State is shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc, leading the Big 12 Conference. Phil Forte leads the league as an individual at 50 percent shooting, making 11 of 22 three-point attempts. Markel Brown ranks third at 42.1 percent, connecting on 8 of 19 shots from long range. In the last two games, OSU has made 15 of 37 shots from beyond the arc, good for 40.5 percent.
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 19.2 points per game. Only Baylor's Pierre Jackson is averaging more (20.3 ppg). Nash is fourth in free-throw percentage (85.4 percent), eighth in field-goal percentage (46.4 percent) and 16th in rebounding (6.4 rpg).
Marcus Smart ranks among the top 10 in the league in seven statistical categories: third in steals (2.4 spg), third in assists (5.8 apg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5), sixth in scoring (14.8 ppg), ninth in rebounding (7.0 rpg), ninth in free-throw percentage (79.3 percent) and ninth in blocked shots (1.4 bpg).
Markel Brown is ranked third in three-point percentage (42.1 percent), seventh in scoring (14.6 ppg), 11th in 3-point FGs made (1.6) and ninth in field-goal percentage (44.3 percent). Phil Forte leads the Big 12 in three-point field-goal percentage (50 percent) and is fourth in three-pointers made per game (2.2) and 19th in scoring (11.2 ppg). Kamari Murphy is ninth in blocked shots (1.4 bpg) and 13th in rebounding (6.8 rpg). Philip Jurick is 14th in blocked shots per game (1.2).
Freshmen Making an Immediate Impact
So far this season, all four newcomers have played in every game for Oklahoma State, including all three freshmen. The three have made an immediate impact for the Cowboys. Forward Kamari Murphy and guard Marcus Smart are both starting for OSU, and guard Phil Forte is averaging more than 27 minutes off the bench.
Smart is averaging 13.4 points, seven rebounds, nearly six assists and 2.4 steals per game this season. In five starts, Murphy is averaging nearly 26 minutes per game, grabbing 6.8 rebounds per contest and chipping in five points with seven blocked shots. Forte is fourth on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game, and is shooting 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc, leading the Big 12 Conference. He was key in the win over Akron, scoring six of the Cowboys' eight points in overtime.
Oklahoma State provides several ticket options for Cowboy Basketball home games this season. A full season ticket package includes all 18 games and is $275. However, there are other, more economical options as well.
The Weekend Package -- for $150, OSU fans can get a ticket to every game played on a Saturday or Sunday, nine games total. It includes games against Oklahoma (Sat., Feb. 16), Texas (Sat., March 2), and Kansas State (Sat., March 9).
The Flex Package -- for $100, Cowboy fans can choose a total of six different games they want to attend, including three non-conference games, two Big 12 Conference games, and one premium game (Oklahoma, Kansas or Texas).
Single-Game Prices -- single-game tickets are available now, and at very reasonable prices. Below is a list of the cheapest tickets available for each game:
$10 -- Missouri State, Central Arkansas, UT Arlington, Tennessee Tech
$15 -- South Florida, Gonzaga, TCU, Iowa State
$20 -- Texas Tech, West Virginia, Baylor, Kansas State
$25 -- Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas
Oklahoma State returns home for the first of six-straight home games to wrap up the non-conference portion of its schedule. The Cowboys will host South Florida on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 8 pm in a game televised on ESPNU. The last time OSU played six straight at home was to start the 1997-98 season.