Cowboys Host Longhorns

Oklahoma State will host the Texas Longhorns on Sunday at 12:32 p.m. inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. It will be the second meeting between these two schools. UT won the first game 80-46. OSU is 13-12 overall and 3-8 in Big 12 Conference action, coming off a 64-49 loss to Kansas on Monday night. The ‘Horns are 22-3 overall, 10-1 in league play and coming off a 90-63 win over Baylor on Tuesday night. A limited number of general admission tickets will be for sale beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Sunday's game will be broadcast regionally on ABC Sports. Ron Franklin will handle the play-by-play duties while Fran Fraschilla will provide expert analysis and Holly Rowe will serve as sideline reporter. This game will mark Oklahoma State's 14th appearance on ABC Sports and the second of consecutive back-to-back-to-back weekend games on the network. It is also the first of two consecutive home games on ABC. OSU is 2-11 all-time on the network. OSU lost to Texas A&M last weekend 46-44 in a regionally televised game. The last ABC game broadcast from Gallagher-Iba Arena was on Jan. 15, 2005, when the Cowboys defeated Iowa State 83-73.

About the Longhorns
Texas is 22-3 overall this season and 10-1 in Big 12 Conference action, ranked sixth nationally and sitting on top of the league standings. The Longhorns are led by the duo of P.J. Tucker and LaMarcus Aldridge. Tucker, a wing player, is averaging 16.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while Aldridge, a post player, is averaging 16.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest. Guard Daniel Gibson is chipping in 14.3 points per game, while forward Brad Buckman is adding 10.8 points per contest. Kenton Paulino leads the team with 85 assists. Those five have started all but four games together. Buckman has missed those four games. As a team, UT is averaging 78.9 points per game while allowing just 58.8 points per contest, a +20.1 scoring margin. That average has been maintained throughout conference play.

Series History with UT
Texas leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State 34-32, including the win earlier this season. The Longhorns have won the last three, including the last meeting in Stillwater on March 5, 2005, when Texas defeated the Cowboys, 74-73. OSU won four straight prior to the current UT string. In the last five seasons, the series is tied at four games each. Since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, Texas leads the series 15-9. Here is a look at the series since the formation of the Big 12:

Close Calls
Oklahoma State has had seven games this season that came down to the last possession. OSU is 2-5 in those games, with wins over Texas A&M at home and Kansas State on the road. Here is a summary of those games:
• L 62-64 vs. Gonzaga — Adam Morrison hit a prayer of a three pointer off the glass with three seconds remaining.
• W 79-77 vs. Texas A&M — Acie Law missed a three-point attempt with three seconds remaining as OSU secured the win.
• L 78-80 vs. Colorado (OT) — OSU missed three shots in the last six minutes of regulation and two more in the last 12 seconds of the extra period.
• L 90-92 at Texas Tech (OT) — Jarrius Jackson hit a three-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation, and OSU turned the ball over after a missed free throw at the end of overtime.
• L 57-59 vs. Nebraska — Jamel White rebounded an airball by Wes Wilkerson and layed it up at the buzzer.
• W 63-61 at Kansas State — Mario Boggan hit 1 of 2 free throws with three seconds remaining to secure the win.
• L 44-46 at Texas A&M — Joseph Jones hit a jumper with 1.1 seconds left for the win.

Sutton Takes Medical Leave of Absence
Following an automobile accident on Feb. 10 and recurring back problems, head coach Eddie Sutton has taken a medical leave of absence. Head coach designate Sean Sutton will take over head coaching responsibilities. However, with the elder Sutton still as head coach, the Cowboys' win-loss record will continue to accumulate on his career record.

OSU in the RPI
• Eight of OSU's 12 losses have come to teams ranked in the top 70 of the RPI. With six of those to teams in the top 45.
• Oklahoma State defeated Tennessee in the All-College Classic. The Volunteers at 19-3 are currently the No. 3 team in the country according to the RPI.
• Three of the Cowboys' non-conference foes are ranked in the top 40 — Tennessee, No. 12 Gonzaga and Boston College (36th).
• OSU has the third-toughest schedule in the league behind Iowa State and Oklahoma. ISU's schedule ranks 21st nationally, while OU's strength of schedule ranks 24th. OSU's strength of schedule ranks 34th. Missouri's schedule ranks 37th, while Texas' ranks 54th and Kansas' ranks 58th.

In the NCAA Statistics
Oklahoma State ranks 19th in field-goal percentage at 48.5 percent. Florida leads the nation at 52.1 percent. OSU is 43rd in free-throw percentage, while Gonzaga leads the country at 79.3 percent. Individually, Mario Boggan continues to rank among the nation's best in field-goal percentage, hanging onto the 29th spot at 57.6 percent.

Up Next
Oklahoma State travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on the Iowa State Cyclones (14-10 overall, 4-7 Big 12) on Wednesday, Feb. 22, inside Hilton Coliseum. Tipoff for that game will be at 8 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPN Regional. The Cowboys will return home to host the Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-12, 5-6) on Saturday, Feb. 25, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tipoff is set for noon, and the game will be televised by ABC Sports.

GoPokes Top Stories