Cowboys headed to College Station

It's Oklahoma State's Big 12 opener, and Eddie Sutton & Co. are off to Aggieland, where A&M boasts its most talented team in years. Read OSU's official pre-game release.

Oklahoma State Cowboys
(11-1 overall, 0-0 Big 12) faces the
Texas A&M Aggies (8-3, 0-0) in Reed Arena
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 * 6 p.m. (CST)
Reed Arena [12,500] * College Station, Texas

Oklahoma State Cowboys
Probable Starters (based on last game)

       Name                    Ht.     Wt.      Yr.      PPG     RPG
F  23  Ivan McFarlin           6-8     237      Jr.     12.8     7.9
F  33  Jason Miller            6-9     245      Jr.      3.6     3.6
G   5  Victor Williams         5-10    187      Sr.     12.3     3.3 ^
G  24  Tony Allen              6-4     205      Jr.     16.0     4.9
G  34  Melvin Sanders          6-5     210      Sr.     13.5     4.2

Off the Bench
       Name                    Ht.     Wt.      Yr.      PPG     RPG
C   4  Frans Steyn             7-2     306      So.      0.9     1.4
G  25  Janavor Weatherspoon    6-1     165      Jr.      5.1     1.6
G  30  Cheyne Gadson           6-3     190      Sr.      5.0     3.7 ^
F  40  Andre Williams          6-8     225      Sr.      4.7     5.4

Texas A&M Aggies Probable Starters (based on last game)
       Name                    Ht.     Wt.      Yr.      PPG     RPG
F   2  Keith Bean              6-8     255      Sr.      6.3     5.2
F  21  Antoine Wright          6-7     195      Fr.     17.3     7.5
G  10  Leandro Garcia-Morales  6-1     180      Jr.      5.6     3.9 ^
G  22  Kevin Turner            6-2     175      Jr.     10.5     2.4
G  32  Bernard King            6-5     195      Sr.     15.9     6.1 ^
^ denotes assists per game

Oklahoma State opens the 2002-03 conference season this weekend as the Cowboys travel to College Station, Texas, to face the Texas A&MAggies. OSU is 11-1 overall and coming off a 91-58 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday night in Gallagher-Iba Arena. A&M is 8-3 overall this season and coming off a 90-66 win over Centenary nearly 10 days ago.

Last Time Out For OSU
Oklahoma State got 20 points each from Tony Allen and Victor Williams as the Cowboys dominated the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, 91-58, Wednesday night in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Williams and Allen combined to shoot 13-of-22 from the floor, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. OSU combined to shoot 9-of-12 from three-point range. The Cowboy defense forced 21 Islander turnovers and had 15 steals. Janavor Weatherspoon scored 14 points off the bench for OSU, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Melvin Sanders added 11, while Cheyne Gadson had eight points and a game-high nine rebounds. Oklahoma State held TAMUCC to just 39.7 percent shooting, and outrebounded the Islanders, 40-30. OSU had 20 assists, led by Allen's seven, who also had five steals.

About Texas A&M
Texas A&M is 8-3 overall this season entering Big 12 Conference action. The Aggies have wins over LSU and Tennessee, and losses to Miami, Texas-San Antonio and Princeton. A&M is led on the floor by freshman Antoine Wright, who is averaging 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, leading the team in both categories. He had 22 points in 19 minutes in the Aggies' last outing. Senior Bernard King is averaging 15.9 points and 6.1 assists per game. As a team, A&M is shooting 47 percent from the floor, 39.5 percent from three-point range (averaging 7.5 treys per contest), but just 65.3 percent from the line. The Aggies have outscored their opponents by an average of 8.5 points per game.

Last Time Out for A&M
Antoine Wright scored 22 points off the bench, while Bernard King added 17 points and 10 assists, as the Aggies defeated Centenary, 90-66, last week in Reed Arena. The Aggies shot 60.4 percent from the floor, including 5-of-12 from beyond the arc and 27-of-37 from the free-throw line. The Aggies forced 23 turnovers and had only 12 of their own. Leandro Garcia-Morales added 16 points and six dishes in the game. It was A&M's second-straight win after its 14-point loss to Princeton a week earlier.

Series With Texas A&M: OSU leads, 19-8
Oklahoma State is 19-8 all-time vs. Texas A&M, including an 11-1 record since Big 12 play began in 1997 and an 8-5 mark in College Station. The Cowboys have won the last five since their only loss in conference play on Jan. 22, 2000, when the Aggies handed OSU a 64-59 loss in College Station. Oklahoma State won the last meeting, 66-51, last season in Stillwater, and also won the last game in Reed Arena last year, 71-66. The Cowboys have won 13 of the last 14.

Up Next: Bedlam!
Oklahoma State has a short break as the Cowboys return home to host the Oklahoma Sooners Monday night in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tipoff for ESPN's Big Monday game is set for 8 p.m. OU has a 9-2 record entering this weekend and is ranked ninth in both major polls.

National Rankings
Oklahoma State is ranked nationally in a couple of statistical categories. As a team, the Cowboys are ranked sixth nationally in field-goal percentage defense at 36.2 (212-of-585) as of Sunday, Jan. 5. Oklahoma State's scoring defense of 58.9 points per game ranks 14th nationally. Individually, senior forward Andre Williams ranks 11th in blocked shots per game, averaging three blocks per contest. Junior forward Ivan McFarlin ranks 12th nationally in field-goal percentage, connecting on 57-of-90 shots from the floor, or 63.3 percent.

Stifling Defense
Eddie Sutton has always preached solid defense, and while OSU's offense has struggled at times this season, the defense has been outstanding. Through 12 games, OSU is allowing just 58.8 points per game (best in the Big 12) and has not given up more than 69 points in a contest. Over the last nine games, the Cowboys are only allowing 56.9 points per game. OSU is allowing its opponents to shoot just 36.5 percent from the floor, best in the conference. On the defensive glass, OSU is outrebounding its opponents by an

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