Norman, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Intrastate rivals collide on Monday night, as
the Oklahoma State Cowboys pay a visit to the Oklahoma Sooners for a Big 12
Conference tussle at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Oklahoma State had some trouble with West Virginia at home on Saturday, but it
escaped with an 81-75 victory. The win was the fourth in the last five games
for the Cowboys, who are 16-3 overall, but a more pedestrian 4-2 in conference
play. The gauntlet continues for the Pokes, as they will host Baylor and Iowa
State in their next two bouts.
Oklahoma is returning home after taking a trip to Lubbock, Texas to take on
the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Sooners claimed a 74-65 victory in that clash,
improving to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in conference with a third straight victory.
They will be on the road against Iowa State and West Virginia in their next
There have been 224 meetings between these squads all time, and Oklahoma has
won 129 of them, but the teams split the season series a year ago, with each
winning at home.
The squads will meet in Stillwater on Feb. 15 to complete the regular-season
Five players scored in double figures, led by Le'Bryan Nash and his 29 points,
in Oklahoma State's recent win over West Virginia. The Cowboys held the
Mountaineers to 36.8 percent field goal efficiency, and scored 23 points off
Surprisingly, Marcus Smart (17.1 ppg, 4.4 apg) was not one of the players in
double figures for the Cowboys in the win. Smart struggled to find his groove,
going 1-of-7 from the floor, and he got into foul trouble, playing only 25
minutes before fouling out. Markel Brown (16.5 ppg) and Nash (14.1 ppg, 6.1
rpg) were able to pick up the slack, although the latter was eventually sent
away with five fouls. Brown tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds in the winning
effort. Phil Forte (12.6 ppg), who is the fourth and final member of the team
averaging in double figures, finished with 13 points on Saturday, but on just
2-of-12 accuracy from the field.
Buddy Hield drilled 4-of-7 shots from beyond the arc and finished with 18
points to lead Oklahoma past Texas Tech. The Sooners had a 14-3 scoring edge
off turnovers, while limiting the Red Raiders to just 4-of-14 from 3-point
range and 42.1 percent shooting overall.
Oklahoma relies heavily on its starting rotation, with each member of the
lineup averaging more than 10 ppg this season. Cameron Clark (17 ppg) is the
leader of the group, ranking fifth in the league in scoring as well. He
finished with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting against Texas Tech. Hield (16.6
ppg) is the second option. He is a lethal 3-point shooter, netting 38.1
percent from that distance, while knocking down at least four triples in three
of the last five games. Ryan Spangler (11.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg), Jordan Woodard (11
ppg) and Isaiah Cousins (10.4 ppg) give the Sooners additional scoring
threats, but depth is an issue, with Tyler Neal (5.9 ppg) the best choice off
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