Date: January 12, 2020
Tip: 1:00 PM
Location: Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena (Ft. Worth, TX)
Oklahoma State takes its search for a first win in conference play on the road to Ft. Worth, Texas. The good news for the Cowboys is that for the first time since Big 12 play began they aren’t playing a ranked team. The bad news though is that they’re playing an upstart TCU team on the road. With wins over Iowa State and Kansas State the Frogs are 2-0 in conference.
Here’s what you’ll want to know about the Cowboys and the Horned Frogs.
OSU leads 26-8 and are 9-4 in Ft. Worth. TCU won the last meeting between the two schools, 73-70 in Kansas City at the 2019 Big 12 Tournament.
All three meetings between OSU and TCU last season were decided by seven points or less, including game-winning buckets in the closing seconds in two of those matchups.
No Reason To Panic…We’ve Been Here Before
Oklahoma State has now gotten off to an 0-2 start in Big 12 play in each of the last four seasons. In two of the previous three years the Cowboys went on to win at least eight games and play in the postseason.
Well That’s Never Happened Before
Monday’s game, against West Virginia, marked the first time in the Mike Boynton era that the Cowboys lost while holding an opponent under 60 points. OSU was previously 12-0 in those games.
Win The Paint…Win The Game
In its nine wins this season, OSU limited its opponents to 19.3 points and 44.8 percent shooting inside the paint. In the five losses, opponents are averaging 28.0 points and 58.3 percent shooting in the paint.
Going Back Home
Saturday’s game will be a homecoming for several Cowboys that grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Avery Anderson III (Justin Northwest HS), Chris Harris Jr. (South Garland HS), Cameron McGriff (South Grand Prairie HS), Isaac Likekele (Mansfield Timberview HS) and assistant coach Cannen Cunningham (SMU / Arlington Lamar HS) all attended high school within an hour of TCU’s Schollmaier Arena.
The Guy To Watch
Senior guard Thomas Dziagwa reached double-figures and shot 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from 3-point the three meetings against TCU last season. Dziagwa scored 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting from 3-point in OSU’s 68-61 win over the Horned Frogs in Stillwater. He averaged 16.3 points in the three 2019 meetings and is averaging 8.0 points in his career against TCU.
TCU is winning games this season by an average score of 73-62. They’re grabbing 37.6 rebounds (146th nationally) and recording 17.3 assists per game (12th nationally).
The Frogs are led in scoring by senior guard Desmond Bane’s 16.9 points per game. TCU’s 6-11/259 center Kevin Samuel is pulling down a team-high 9 boards and sophomore guard RJ Nembhard is pacing the team with 3.8 assists per game.
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