Eddie Is Ready to Win No. 768

Eddie Sutton is going to pass his mentor and former college coach Henry Iba to become the seventh winningest coach in NCAA Division I college history. It's safe to say Sutton, who tied Mr. Iba with his 767th win with Oklahoma State's victory over Missouri Tuesday night, would much rather get the win on Saturday than have to wait a few more days.

There's nothing the players for the sixth-ranked Cowboys (12-1) would enjoy more than getting Sutton the record-breaking victory against Iowa State (8-5) on Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tipoff for the regionally televised broadcast is set for 12:30 p.m. (Central time).

The Cowboys, who extended the third-best home court winning streak in the nation to 23 games with the 78-68 victory over Missouri, would like to get Sutton the 768th win of his illustruous career against Iowa State instead of having to wait until Monday night's nationally televsied (ESPN) showdown at Texas.

In order for the Cowboys to do that they are going to have to stop Iowa State guard Curtis Stinson, who earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors last season and is backing it up with an outstanding sophomore season. Stinson is among the conference leaders in scoring (fourth with a 17.5 point per game average), steals (second with 2.5 per game), assists (third with 4.92 a game) and free-throw shooting percentage (ninth at 73.5 perecent).

Iowa State center Jared Homan, who stands 6-foot-10, could pose another problem for the Cowboys. Four of the Cowboys' last five losses (dating back to last season) have come against teams with a playmaker at center -- Gonzaga just a few weeks ago in Oklahoma City, Georgia Tech in last year's Final Four, at Missouri and BYU during the 2003-04 season. Homan averages nearly 15 points a game (among the Big 12's top 10) and leads the conference by averaging 8.6 rebounds a game.

The OSU coaching staff has been hoping that the trio of 7-2 Frans Steyn, 6-10 Aaron Pettway and 6-8 David Monds would be able to provide some type of inside presence for the Cowboys this season. But that has yet to happen. Against Missouri, those three played a total of seven minutes and contributed zero points and one rebound.

Joey Graham, coming off his season-high 27-point effort against Missouri, leads the Cowboys with a 19.1 scoring average and contributes a team-high seven rebounds a game. John Lucas, who had 18 points, five assists and one turnover in 37 minutes Tuesday night, averages 18.8 points and 4.2 assists. Ivan McFarlin, who had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 assists against Missouri, also averages in double figures with 11.0 points a game.

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