Cowboys Get Surprise Foe in Colorado

Oklahoma State received a pleasant surprise Thursday night when Colorado became the first 11th seed to ever defeat a No. 6 seed in the history of the Big 12 Tournament. Thus, the Cowboys, 21-6, will face the Buffaloes, 14-15, instead of Texas in a quarterfinal matchup scheduled to tip off at 8:20 p.m. Friday. Texas had defeated OSU twice already this season, including 74-73 last Saturday night to end the Cowboys' homecourt winning streak at 29 games.

Oklahoma State enters the Big 12 Tournament with a 21-6 overall record and finished third in the Big 12 regular season standings with an 11-5 record. Colorado improved to 14-15 with Thursday night's win, and the Buffaloes finished in 11th place in the conference race with a 4-12 mark.

The Cowboys are ranked 10th in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings and are No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25. Colorado is not ranked in either poll.

OSU leads the all-time series with CU, 56-45, including a 104-86 victory in Boulder on on Jan. 30. Eddie Sutton is 16-5 against Colorado since returning to Oklahoma State prior to the 1991 season. The two teams have meet in the conference tournament just once since 1990, when the Buffaloes defeated the Cowboys 82-72 with Leonard Hamilton as head coach.

The OSU coaching staff has said senior Stephen Graham will get his second start of the season Friday night, replacing Daniel Bobik in the starting lineup. Graham, who is averaging 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, is more athletic than Bobik and the Cowboy coaches believes he gives the team more rebounding and is a better scorer. Graham only played 13 minutes in the Cowboys' loss to the Texas Longhorns last Saturday night but he had six rebounds... Ironically, Bobik was benched when OSU traveled to Colorado on Jan. 30. Head coach Eddie Sutton replaced Bobik with freshman JamesOn Curry and the Cowboys went on a six-game winning streak, including a 104-86 victory over the Buffaloes. Curry scored 22 points in just 24 minutes of action, and helped shut down CU leading scorer Richard Roby in the second half... Two Cowboys - forward Joey Graham and point guard John Lucas - were this week named first team All-Big 12 selections (both in the media poll and the coaches poll)... If the Cowboys are serious about defending the Big 12 Tournament title they won a year ago they are going to have to play better defense than they have in recent weeks. In the last seven games (three of them losses) the Cowboys have allowed their opponent to shoot 53 percent or better from the field four times. In the three losses, Texas shot 53.3 percent, Kansas made 66.0 percent, and Nebraska shot 56.3 percent. Oklahoma shot 53.7 percenton Feb. 7, but OSU still managed to win 79-67.

Colorado had lost six in a row to end the regular season and few gave Ricardo Patton's team much of a chance against the Texas Longhorns. In eight years, Patton's Buffaloes had only won four games in the Big 12 Tournament. But the Buffaloes surprised everyone, including a Texas team it had defeated 88-79 on Feb. 8 for its last win prior to Thursday night... Freshman guard Richard Roby, who scored a game-hih 17 points against the Longhorns, is CU's leading scorer (15.8 ppg). He helped keep the Buffaloes close against OSU on Jan. 30 when he made four three-pointers in the first half. CU trailed OSU just 52-50 at halftime. In the second half, with JamesOn Curry guarding him, Roby scored just two points and the Cowboys pulled away for the 18-point victory... Jason Obazuaye is averaging 8.8 points. The 6-2 guard scored 11 points and had five assists against OSU earlier this season... Forwards Andy Osburn and Chris Copeland each scored 19 against the Cowboys back in January.

F: 14 Joey Graham (6-7, 225, Sr., 17.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
F: 21 Ivan McFarlin (6-8, 240, Sr., 11.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
G: 15 John Lucas (5-11, 165, Sr., 18.3 ppg, 4.t apg)
G: 21 Stephen Graham (6-6, 215, Sr., 7.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
G: 24 JamesOn Curry (6-3, 190, Fr., 8.6 ppg, 2.3 apg)
G: 20 Daniel Bobik (6-5, 210, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 3.3 apg)
F: 42 Terrence Crawford (6-6, 230, Sr., 4.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

C: 33 Julius Ashby (6-9, Jr., 6.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
F: 4 Andy Osborn (6-9, Jr., 7.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
G: 23 Richard Roby (6-6, Fr., 15.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
G: 21 Marcus Hall (6-1, So., 11.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
G: 5 Jayson Obazuaye (6-2, Jr., 8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
F: 15 Chris Copeland (6-8, Jr., 12.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
F: 1 Glean Eddy (6-5, Jr., 5.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
F: 32 Marcus King-Stockton (6-9, Fr., 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

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