Pregame Breakdown: OSU/ISU

Go Pokes breaks down tonight's game between Oklahoma State and Iowa State in Gallagher-Iba Arena.


The Cowboys (11-12, 4-6 Big 12) have a quick turnaround for their second straight home game when they the host the Iowa State Cyclones (17-6, 7-3) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Stillwater. The Cowboys lost a 64-60 nail-biter to No. 6 Baylor at home and have been playing much better of late, a turnaround that actually started with a last-second 3-point loss at ISU on Jan. 14 on the heels of a 41-point loss at Baylor. The Cowboys are still likely to be limited to a seven-man rotation with the uncertain status of Cezar Guerrero's suspension for a team rules violation and the slow recovery of center Philip Jurick from a sprained foot suffered before OSU's loss at Texas A&M.


1) Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with the Cyclones 61-53 with a 35-13 mark in Stillwater. OSU has won 12 of the past 15 in the series but ISU won the most recent with a 71-68 win in Ames in January. The Cowboys have won 16-straight against the Cyclones in Gallagher-Iba Arena with ISU's last win coming on March 2, 1988. No player on the Cowboys' current roster had even been born yet.

2) OSU has relied heavily on its defense this season and is in striking distance of at least one defensive school record. So far this year, the Cowboys' opponents are shooting just 30.1 percent from 3, which ranks third in school history at this point. No. 2 was the 1998-99 Cowboy team that allowed just 30.0 percent and No. 1 was virtually the same group in 99-00, which allowed 29.3 percent. This could come in handy against an ISU team ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game.

3) Keiton Page needs 29 more made 3-pointers this season to pass Randy Rutherford for the school record for makes. Page has already set the record for attempts. Rutherford made 279-668 or 41.7 percent from 1992-95. Page has made 251-707, good for 35.5 percent.

4) Freshman guard Brian Williams has come on strong lately and if recent history serves as any indicator he should play well against the Cyclones from an offensive standpoint. Williams is averaging 7.9 points per game but has played his best against the best in Stillwater. He scored 22 in OSU's upset of No. 2 Missouri and a career-high 23 in Saturday's loss to sixth-ranked Baylor.

5) Freshman forward Le'Bryan Nash had his best road performance of his young career at Iowa State with 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Hopefully that presents a good indicator for what he will produce on his home floor against the Cyclones, where he has been far more effective in league play. In five conference home games Nash is averaging 16.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Iowa State

1) ISU is coming off a 77-70 victory against Oklahoma on Saturday and has won five of its past six games, with the lone loss coming on the road against Texas.

2) Forward Royce White has been an absolute bear in his first season with the Cyclones and is bullying his way to all-conference accolades. White leads the team in points (13.5), rebounds (9.3), assists (4.6) and is tied for the team lead in steals (1.2).

3) Fred Hoiberg is 33-22 in his second year as the head coach of the Cyclones.

4) The Cyclones rank first in the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game at 8.9. Maybe their familiarity with making them helps them defend against 3's on the other end because ISU ranks third in 3-point defense, allowing its opponents to shoot just 30.2 percent from deep.

5) At 7-3 in league play, Iowa State is in sole possession of fourth in the Big 12 behind three teams ranked in the top 10 nationally (No. 4 Missouri, No. 6 Baylor and No. 10 Kansas) but the wins haven't exactly been decisive. Only two of their conference wins have come by double digits and they ranks sixth in the league in point margin on the year at 7.5 points per game.

Projected Starters

Oklahoma State

F Le'Bryan Nash (6-7, 230, Fr., 13.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

F Michael Cobbins (6-8, 220, Fr., 5.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg)

G Brian Williams (6-5, 205, Fr., 7.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg)

G Keiton Page (5-9, 165, Sr., 14.3 ppg, 2.2 apg)

G Markel Brown (6-3, 190, So., 9.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Iowa State

F Melvin Ejim (6-6, 220, So., 8.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg)

F Royce White (6-8, 270, So., 13.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

G Chris Babb (6-5, 225, Jr., 9.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

G Chris Allen (6-3, 205, Sr., 11.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

G Scott Christopherson (6-3, 195, Sr., 11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

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