Date: January 4, 2020
Tip: 11:00 AM
Location: United Supermarkets Arena (Lubbock, Texas)
Oklahoma State finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 9-3 record. However, it’s important to note that the Cowboys did have to play a portion of that schedule without Isaac Likekele who was sidelined with an illness. Likekele returned last week and helped spark OSU to a resounding 82-31 win over Southeastern Louisiana and now the Pokes have their site set on defending Big 12 champion Texas Tech.
Here’s what you’ll want to know about Oklahoma State’s visit to Lubbock.
Oklahoma State leads the overall series with Texas Tech, 44-22. The Cowboys own a 23-5 mark against the Red Raiders in Stillwater, including wins in 14 of the last 16 meetings. In Lubbock, the Red Raiders have the edge in the series, 14-10.
The Red Raiders have won five of the last six matchups in Lubbock. However, each one of those losses were by five points or less and two were in overtime.
If there is such a thing as quality losses then the Cowboys are in good shape
OSU’s only losses this year are to No. 10 Wichita State, No. 28 Georgetown and No. 30 Minnesota in the NCAA N.E.T. rankings. The Cowboys are ranked #29.
OSU’s opponents are a combined 103-41 (.715), which is the fourth highest opponent win percentage in the country. West Virginia (.754) leads the nation and Kansas (.727) ranks third.
The proof is in the paint
In its nine wins, OSU limited its opponents to 19.3 points and 44.8 percent shooting inside the paint. In the three losses, opponents are averaging 29.3 points and 55.0 percent shooting in the paint.
Rounding Up The Red Raiders
Lindy Waters III has reached double-figures in each of his last four meetings with Texas Tech, including a 26-point outing in the last matchup. For his career, the senior is averaging 14.0 points on 59.5, including a 13-of-20 (.650) clip from 3-point against the Red Raiders
The Red Raiders are winning games this season by an average score of 76-63 this season. They are grabbing an average of 38.3 rebounds per game, which ranks them 121st nationally.
Guard Jahmi’us Ramsey leads the team in scoring at a pace of 17.4 points per game. Chris Clarke is pulling down a team high 8.8 rebounds per game as well as pacing the team with 5.8 assists per contest.
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