Oklahoma State is coming off an impressive 90-78 victory against Texas on Saturday and now heads to Norman to face Oklahoma. This definitely isn't the type of matchup between the school's from year's past. If OSU (13-14) beats the Sooners it will get back to .500 for the season and drop Oklahoma (13-13) below that mark. The Sooners are on a six-game losing streak and the past three have come by double digits, including an embarrassing 18-point loss to Texas Tech for the Red Raiders' only Big 12 win. OSU won the first meeting in Stillwater 72-65 on Jan. 9. LeBryan Nash led the Cowboys with 21 points and Keiton Page added 18 in the victory.
1) OSU hasn't had much, or really any, success in Norman in recent years. The Cowboys have lost seven straight in the Lloyd Noble Center with the last win coming during the 2003-04 season that ended with a Final Four appearance by the Cowboys. OSU has had success against the Sooners overall, however. OSU has won five of the past seven meetings since upsetting Blake Griffin and No. 5 OU in the 2009 Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.
2) In the past five games OSU's starting five has scored 342 of the team's 350 points. That's 97.7 percent of the offense coming from the starters. The starters scored all 90 in OSU's 90-78 win against Texas on Saturday. In fact, in OSU's past 10 games the Cowboy bench is averaging just 3.4 points per game. Of those 10, there have only been two games where the bench has put up double figures. It scored exactly 10 in a win at Texas Tech. At Texas A&M, the bench scored 19 points but all 19 came from usual starter Markel Brown who came off the pine for punishment because he was ejected the prior game against Missouri. Cezar Guerrero started in his place and did not score.
(Note: Those players were swapped for that reason in the average figure for bench production in the past 10 because it did not give an accurate representation)
3) OSU ranks fifth in the Big 12 in shooting percentage at 42.8 percent but ranks last in 3-point shooting at 29.7 percent. OSU ranks first in the league in free-throw percentage at 80.1 percent.
4) Keiton Page needs just six points against OU to move into the top 10 in school history in scoring. Ronnie Daniel (1973-77) is five points ahead. If Page should have another big night, he is just 28 points away from moving all the way up to No. 7 on the list. Page is 11th with 1,514 career points and within striking distance of No. 10 Daniel (1,519), No. 9 Ivan McFarlin (1,526), No. 8 Randy Rutherford (1,541), and No. 7 Matt Clark (1,542).
5) Speaking of Page, his 40-point game against Texas on Saturday was just the sixth time in school history a Cowboy has scored 40 or more. It was the first time since JamesOn Curry dropped 40 on Baylor in 2007. The most recent 40-point outing before that was Randy Rutherford's 45 on Kansas in 1995.
1) In its three Big 12 wins, Oklahoma has held opponents to 37.9 percent field goal shooting. In the Sooners' 11 Big 12 losses, their opponents are shooting 49.6 percent from the field.
2) Junior college transfer point guard Sam Grooms leads the Big 12 Conference with 6.1 assists per game.
3) Sophomore guard Cameron Clark has had his two best games in Big 12 play in the Sooners' past two games. He scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in a loss to Texas and then scored a personal Big 12 season high of 16 on 8-of-14 shooting in a loss to Iowa State. He has previously been held under double digits in 12 of the team's first 13 conference games.
4) Just when Clark got hot and had his two best games, forward Andrew Fitzgerald had his two worst. He had scored in double figures in 18 the past 19 games up until last week for an average of 14.7 points per game. In last week's losses to Texas and ISU, he averaged just four points.
5) The Sooners have been undone by turnovers uring their six-game losing streak. OU is averaging 12.8 turnovers per game on the season and 13.7 during their losing skid. Expect OSU to run quite a bit of its press against the mistake prone Sooners as a way to put extra pressure in the home team.
F Le'Bryan Nash (6-7, 230, Fr., 13.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
F Michael Cobbins (6-8, 220, Fr., 5.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
G Brian Williams (6-5, 205, Fr., 8.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
G Keiton Page (5-9, 165, Sr., 15.7 ppg, 2.1 apg)
G Markel Brown (6-3, 190, So., 10.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 247, Jr., 12.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
F Romero Osby (6-8, 232, Jr., 12.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
G Sam Grooms (6-1, 203, Jr., 6.6 ppg, 6.1 apg)
G Steven Pledger (6-4, 222, Jr., 16.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
G Cameron Clark (6-6, 198, So., 8.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
As previously mentioned, Norman has not been kind to OSU. The Cowboys have lost seven straight but this Oklahoma team is in a free fall. OSU, on the other hand, has steadily improved the past month and needs this win to bolster its NIT résumé. Expect the Cowboys to be aggressive and force the issue both offensively and defensively by pressing the turnover-prone Sooners and slashing on the other end to get to the free throw line and take the crowd out of it. Prediction: Oklahoma State 77, Oklahoma 66