Pregame Breakdown: OSU vs. Missouri

Go Pokes breaks down Wednesday's rematch of Oklahoma State and No. 3 Missouri in Columbia. The Cowboys upset then-No. 2 Missouri 79-72 on Jan. 25 in Stillwater.


Last time these two teams met it sent the Oklahoma State student section pouring onto the floor to celebrate a 79-72 upset of the second-ranked Tigers. Le'Bryan Nash scored 13 points in the final four minutes to spark a 17-4 run that propelled OSU to the win. This is also the game that started the #LobStilly alley-oop phenomenon after Markel Brown was ejected following a monster slam that took top honors on SportsCenter's Top 10. Missouri is unbeaten since, including a 15-point whooping of No. 6 Baylor on Saturday. The game is set for an 8 p.m. start for a national ESPN2 audience as the two square off for the final time in the regular season as conference foes.


Oklahoma State

1) Expect center Philip Jurick to return to the lineup but not in a large capacity. He is still recovering from injury and coach Travis Ford said he doesn't expect him to make a full return until Saturday's game against Texas. Jurick has six points, eight rebounds and a block in the win over Mizzou.

2) Oklahoma State is only 7-44 all-time in Columbia.

3) Missouri presents a rare favorable size matchup for the Cowboys. The Cowboys are taller or at equal height at four of the five starting positions. OSU took advantage of this in Stillwater, outrebounding the Tigers 32-30.

4) Le'Bryan Nash went off on the Tigers when they last met, scoring a career-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting. Brian Williams chipped in a then career-best 22. The two played a major role in OSU shooting a ridiculous 59.6 percent from the field.

5) OSU trails the all-time series against Missouri 75-41 but it has been a dead heat since the Big 12 was formed. The series is 9-9 since.


1) The third-ranked Tigers are 5-0 since their loss in Stillwater, including victories against then-No. 8 Kansas and most recently a dominating 72-57 victory against No. 6 Baylor. They held Baylor to just 36 percent shooting and allowed only one Bear to reach double digits in scoring.

2) Missouri ranks third in the nation in field goal percentage at 50 percent. The Tigers rank fourth in assist-turnover margin (1.52), sixth in turnover margin (+5.1), seventh in in both scoring (80.2) and free throw shooting (.767), and 10th in turnovers per game (10.6).

3) If Missouri beats Oklahoma State on Wednesday, the Tiger senior would become the winningest class in school history. They are currently tied with the class of 1979-83 with 100 career wins. If the Tigers didn't already want to beat OSU badly enough, this might provide some extra fuel.

4) There is no doubt OSU's win against Mizzou in Stillwater was a huge upset but winning in Columbia would be considerably more impressive. The Tigers are nearly unbeatable at home over the last four years. Mizzou's senior class is 65-3 at home in their careers, including a 14-0 mark this season.

5) Mizzou senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe leads the nation in field goal percentage at 73.7 percent. The impressive figure is made even more so by the fact he is just 0.9 percent behind the all-time NCAA record of 74.6 percent by Oregon State's Steve Johnson in 1981.

Projected Starters

Oklahoma State

F Le'Bryan Nash (6-7, 230, Fr., 13.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg)

F Michael Cobbins (6-8, 220, Fr., 5.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg)

G Brian Williams (6-5, 205, Fr., 8.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg)

G Keiton Page (5-9, 165, Sr., 14.4 ppg, 2.3 apg)

G Markel Brown (6-3, 190, So., 10.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg)


G Phil Pressey (5-10, 175, So., 9.7 ppg, 5.8 apg)

G Matt Pressey (6-2, 195, Sr., 7.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

G Marcus Denmon (6-3, 185, Sr., 18.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

G Kim English (6-6, 200, Sr., 14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

F Ricardo Ratliffe (6-8, 240, Sr., 14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg)


Oklahoma State played a pretty great second half at Kansas but falling behind by 29 because of a poor first half ended up in a 15-point loss to the Jayhawks. OSU has good matchups with the Tigers and also had success against Kansas in the second half with a full-court press that resulted in forcing 11 second-half turnovers by KU against OSU's zero. Expect that press to show up at some point against the Tigers, as well. This is a hard game to peg because OSU has already beaten them once this season but Mizzou has been on a roll ever since and is deserving of its No. 3 ranking at 23-2 on the year. Their perfect home record, revenge mindset and chance for the senior class to become the winningest in the school's history push the Tigers over the edge: Mizzou 83, OSU 70

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