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Oklahoma State Basketball At Texas A&M | Here’s What You’ll Want To Know

M. Hofeld

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Date: January 25, 2020

Tip: 3:00 PM

Location:  Reed Arena (College Station, TX)

TV: ESPNU

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.

The Series

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.

Scouting Report

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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