South Carolina at Oklahoma State
Tip: 1:00 PM (Central)
Location: Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater, OK)
Remembering The Ten
Saturday will be about more than just basketball as Oklahoma State plays their annual Remember the Ten game.
On Jan. 27, 2001, just hours after a road game at Colorado, tragedy struck the Oklahoma State basketball family when a plane carrying 10 members of the Cowboy program crashed on a snowy night near Strasburg, Colorado. At the memorial service, Oklahoma State made a promise to always remember those lost that night. Memorials were erected in Strasburg and in Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater and every year OSU sets aside a day to “Remember The Ten”. Every year, Cowboy fans across the country come to Stillwater to place flowers at the memorial and pay their respects. The OSU Library bells toll 10 times, and a moment of silence is observed as the names of those lost is read aloud prior to the Cowboy basketball game. We will always Remember The Ten: Kendall Durfey, Bjorn Fahlstrom, Nate Fleming, Will Hancock, Daniel Lawson, Brian Luinstra, Denver Mills, Pat Noyes, Bill Teegins and Jared Weiberg.okstate.com
SEC/Big 12 Challenge
The Big 12 Conference is looking to get the challenge trophy back in their series with the S.E.C. after losing it for the first time last year.
This will be the third time Oklahoma State and South Carolina have met in the Challenge The two schools split a pair of home games in 2013 and 2014.
OSU is 3-2 overall and 2-0 at home in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Big 12 teams are 29-21 (.580) in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
The Boynton Connection
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton was a four-year letter-winner for South Carolina from 2001-04. He played in 125 career games, which still ranks seventh in that program’s history, and he finished his career in the top ten in three pointers made (129) and three pointers attempted (364). Boynton later returned to the USC coaching staff from 2008-13 where he served under Darrin Horn as an assistant coach and under Frank Martin as a staff assistant.
Oklahoma State (8-11) continues to be led in scoring by Cameron McGriff’s 13.5 points per game. He’s also pacing the team in rebounds with an average of 8.1 boards per game.
Lindy Waters (12.1 PPG) and Thomas Dziagwa (10.1 PPG) round out OSU’s top scorers.
The Cowboys are scoring an average of 69.3 points per game while giving up 69.8 points per game to opponents.
Scouting The Gamecocks
South Carolina (10-8) is led in scoring by A.J. Lawson’s 13.2 points per game. The freshman guard also leads the team in minutes played with an average of 29.3 minutes per contest.
Chris Silva (13 PPG) and Hassani Gravett (11.6 PPG) round out USC’s leading scorers.
Gravett is also grabbing a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game.
On the season South Carolina is scoring an average of 75.2 points per game while giving up an average of 72.7 points per game to opponents.