Texas A&M (13-14) at Oklahoma State (13-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 25th, 2:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) -- Stillwater, Oklahoma. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: Texas A&M 11-6, OSU 10-3. Away Record: Texas A&M 1-6, OSU 2-7. Neutral Record: Texas A&M 1-2, OSU 1-5. Conference Record: Texas A&M 4-11, OSU 6-9. Series Record: Oklahoma State leads, 30-17.
GAME NOTES: A pair of struggling Big 12 Conference teams are set to square off in Stillwater this afternoon, as the Texas A&M Aggies pay a visit to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Texas A&M has a 13-14 record, but since starting the season a red-hot 8-1, it has won just five of its last 18 games. The Aggies are currently losers of six of their last seven, including a 66-58 decision against nationally-ranked Kansas on Wednesday, and they are now just 4-11 in conference play.
While Oklahoma State has one more loss overall than does A&M, it sports a slightly better conference mark, winning six of its 15 Big 12 bouts. The Cowboys have fared well at home, winning 10 of 13 games in Stillwater, but they are currently losers of three of their last four games. Their latest defeat came on Wednesday to bitter rival Oklahoma, 77-64.
Texas A&M has won nine of the last 13 meetings with Oklahoma State, including a 76-61 verdict on January 28. The Cowboys still lead the all-time series, 30-17.
Texas A&M's offensive output this season has not been pretty as it ranks next- to-last in the Big 12 in both scoring offense (61.3 ppg) and field goal percentage (.436). The Aggies have scored less than that average in five of their last seven games, including Wednesday's loss to Kansas, where they shot just 38.2 percent from the floor. The poor shooting night spoiled a solid defensive effort as they allowed the nation's fourth-ranked team to connect on just 21-of-54 field goal attempts. Despite A&M's shooting woes, Khris Middleton had a great game, going 8-of-14 from the field for 23 points and he now averages 12.5 ppg on the season. Elston Turner is the Aggies' most productive player, tallying 14.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg and 2.2 three-pointers per contest. David Loubeau adds 10.8 ppg to the mix and while Dash Harris scores just 6.0 ppg he dishes out 4.2 apg. Texas A&M is one of just three teams in the conference with a negative turnover margin (-1.48).
Oklahoma State could not dig itself out of a 30-12 halftime deficit in Wednesday's loss as it set a record for the fewest points in a half against a Big 12 Conference foe. Even with putting up an impressive 52 points in the second half, the Cowboys shot only 36.7 percent from the field in the game and lost by double digits for the third time in four games. Keiton Page had yet another monster performance in spite of the loss, draining a career-high nine three-pointers en route to 29 points. Page has been the Cowboys best playmaker this season, ranking sixth in the conference in scoring (16.2 ppg), but he has been especially great of late, averaging 27.8 ppg in the last four games while connecting on 22-of-45 three-pointers in that time frame. Le'Bryan Nash (13.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Markel Brown (10.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg) help chip in to OSU's modest scoring attack, which accounts for 67.4 ppg (eighth in the conference).
Neither team is playing well right now, but with Oklahoma State returning home after a brutal road trip, it will be anxious to get back in the win column.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma State 70, Texas A&M 63
02/25 10:41:36 ET