(19) Oklahoma State (16-6) at Texas Tech (11-11)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 8, 9:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: United Spirit Arena (15,000) -- Lubbock, Texas.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: OSU 10-2, TTU 9-4. Away Record: OSU 2-3, TTU
1-6. Neutral Record: OSU 4-1, TTU 1-1. Conference Record: OSU 4-5, TTU 3-6.
Series Record: Oklahoma State leads 38-15.
GAME NOTES: The 19th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys will attempt to stop the
bleeding on Saturday night, as they take a trip to United Spirit Arena for a
Big 12 Conference matchup with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Oklahoma State was once considered one of the nation's elite teams but has
plummeted in the standings in recent weeks with three straight losses, most
recently falling on the wrong end of a heartbreaking triple-overtime home
matchup with Iowa State on Monday, 98-97. The Cowboys are just 4-5 in the
league but still own a stellar 16-6 ledger overall.
Texas Tech had lost three straight games prior to its 60-54 road victory over
TCU last Saturday, which allowed it to improve to 3-6 in the Big 12 and 11-11
overall. Most of the Red Raiders' success has come at United Spirit Arena,
where they have won nine of 13 games.
The Cowboys hold a 38-15 lead in the all-time series with the Red Raiders,
which includes victories in six straight meetings dating back to 2011.
After missed opportunities in at the end of regulation as well as the waning
seconds of the first and second overtimes, Oklahoma State's mistakes finally
caught up to it in the third extra session, as it missed a pair of jumpers in
the final seven seconds to fall on the wrong end of the one-point marathon
heartbreaker. It shot 48.6 percent from the field on the night and 25-of-33
from the free-throw line, but it was outscored from beyond the arc, 30-12.
Le'Bryan Nash was outstanding in the loss with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five
assists. Marcus Smart poured in 20 points, Markel Brown tallied 19 points and
10 rebounds and Brian Williams netted 15 points.
Despite the Cowboys' recent struggles, they are still one of the nation's most
well-rounded teams, sporting a +14.9 scoring margin, outshooting their
opponents from the field, 47.7 percent to 39.6 percent, and ranking tied for
seventh in the nation in scoring with 83.8 ppg. Marcus Smart is one of the
nation's premiere guards with 17.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.4 apg and 2.4 spg, although
his field-goal percentage (.419) hasn't wowed anyone. Brown (17.0 ppg) is hot
on Smart's heels for the scoring lead, Nash brings 14.6 ppg and 6.1 rpg to the
table and Phil Forte (12.2 ppg) has been outstanding from beyond the arc (61-
of-129) and the free-throw line (56-of-61).
The Red Raiders trailed TCU early in the second half of their latest tilt but
took control of the game with a 10-1 run late to pull away for the solid road
victory. Despite a dreadful 1-of-16 showing from 3-point range, the squad shot
an impressive 47.1 percent from the field overall and won the turnover battle,
20-12. Dejan Kravic scored 18 points to lead the way, while Jaye Crockett and
Dusty Hannahs poured in 15 and 11, respectively.
On the season, Texas Tech boasts a solid offensive attack, shooting 46.6
percent from the field for 72.0 ppg, which is enough to support a modest
scoring defense (69.0 ppg). Its biggest advantage comes in the frontcourt,
where it boasts a +3.8 rebounding margin and is led by Crockett (14.4 ppg, 6.2
rpg) and Jordan Tolbert (11.1 ppg), with both players shooting greater than 55
percent from the field. Robert Turner scores 9.7 ppg but on less than 40
percent shooting, while Hannahs (9.2 ppg) has drained a team-best 35 3-
pointers at a 40.2 percent clip.
With the Cowboys reeling, any road game could present a potential problem,
even against the up-and-down Red Raiders, but Oklahoma State is ultimately the
much more talented team in this one and should be able to break out of its
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma State 78, Texas Tech 70
02/08 10:27:12 ET
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