Date: January 25, 2020
Tip: 3:00 PM
Location: Reed Arena (College Station, TX)
After struggling to an 0-6 start to conference play stepping away from the Big 12 to play Texas A&M may be a bit of a welcome relief for the Cowboys. Here’s what you’ll want to know about Oklahoma State’s trip to College Station.
This will be the 50th meeting between Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, and marks OSU’s first trip back to Reed Arena since the Aggies’ last season in the Big 12 (2011-12). Oklahoma State leads the overall series, 31-18, including an 11-10 edge in College Station. The Cowboys won 17 of the first 18 meetings after the two programs joined the newly formed Big 12 for the 1996-97 season, and OSU would enjoy a 23-10 overall record against the Aggiest as Big 12 foes over the next 15 seasons. The Aggies won the only matchup between the two programs since Texas A&M’s departure to the SEC, taking the 2017 Legends Classic opener, 72-55, in Brooklyn, New York.
One Shy Of 1,000!
Cameron McGriff is just a single point away from becoming the 43rd Oklahoma State player to make the 1,000-point club. Over the last two games, the senior is averaging 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and is shooting 54.4 percent from 3-point.
Two OSU teammates have reached the 1,000-point mark in the same season on eight occasions, with the last coming in 2014 (Marcus Smart & Le’Bryan Nash). Lindy Waters III did it on January 6th.
The Big 12/S.E.C. Challenge
With a 4-1-1 record, the Big 12 has dominated the seventh-annual Big 12/SEC Challenge. Big 12 teams are 35-25 (.583) in the Challenge with wins in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019. The SEC’s only victory came in 2018 after the leagues tied in 2017. Oklahoma State is 4-2 overall in the Challenge, including last year’s 74-70 win over South Carolina in Stillwater.
The Cowboys bring a three-game win streak against the SEC into Saturday’s Big 12/SEC Challenge showdown at Texas A&M. The Cowboys took down No. 19 LSU, 90-77, at the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational, followed by a 74-70 win over South Carolina in the 2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge. In November, OSU took down Ole Miss, 78-37, in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Overall, OSU is 127-128 (.498) all-time against the current membership of the SEC.
Texas A&M is a game above .500 at 9-8 on the season and is actually producing less points on average than they are allowing (61-63). They’re grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game and recording 10.8 assists.
The Aggies are led in scoring by forward Josh Nebo’s 12.6 points per game. He is also pulling down a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. Guard Savion Flagg leads the team with 2.4 assists per game and is producing 11.2 points per game.
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