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Hoops Preview: Cowboys’ Season on the Line in First Round Game Against TCU

For Boynton and his Cowboys the Big 12 Tournament is all about taking one game at a time.

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STILLWATER — The Cowboys’ rough season has been somewhat reset.

The Oklahoma State basketball team plays in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Kansas City, a tournament the Cowboys will have to win to play beyond this week. The Cowboys play the tournament opener in the eight/nine game against TCU.

“We’re really focusing on one game at a time,” Lindy Waters said. “If we don’t win the first one, we don’t even have another chance. Just one game at a time, and when Thursday comes, we’ll take care of that.”

A win Wednesday would make for a quick turnaround for the seven-scholarship Cowboys, as they would play at 1:30 p.m. Thursday against top-seeded Kansas State.

The Cowboys played TCU twice in February, losing at the buzzer Feb. 6 in Fort Worth before defeating the Horned Frogs on Feb. 18 in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“I don’t know if the record ever doesn’t matter,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said. “We’re in ninth place. That’s why we’re playing Wednesday. We’re aware of that. We also know that this is a unique deal. It’s a tournament. It’s one game and you win, you move on, you lose, you don’t. That’s kinda the approach we’re going to take is try to put ourselves into a position to win on Wednesday, then see what happens from there.”

Viewing Info

Time: 6 p.m. Wednesday
Location: Sprint Center in Kansas City
TV: ESPNU

Oklahoma State’s Projected Lineup
Name Class PPG RPG APG BPG SPG
Isaac Likekele Freshman 8.7 4.7 4 0.3 1.3
Thomas Dziagwa Junior 11.7 3.1 1.5 0 0.5
Lindy Waters Junior 12.1 4.3 2.7 0.2 1.2
Cameron McGriff Junior 12.4 7.4 1.6 0.8 1.2
Yor Anei Freshman 7.4 4.6 0.7 2.5 0.3
TCU’s Projected Lineup
Name Class PPG RPG APG BPG SPG
Alex Robinson Senior 12.7 3.5 6.9 0.3 1.5
Desmond Bane Junior 15.2 5.5 2.5 0.5 1.2
Kouat Noi Sophomore 14.1 4.8 1.1 0.3 1.2
J.D. Miller Senior 11 6.5 1.6 0.4 0.7
Kevin Samuel Redshirt Freshman 7.2 7 0.5 2.1 0.5
Oklahoma State’s Last Five
Opponent Result Score
at No. 23 Kansas State L 85-46
at No. 11 Texas Tech L 84-80
vs. No. 15 Kansas L 72-67
at Baylor W 67-64
vs. West Virginia W 85-77
TCU’s Last Five
Opponent Result Score
vs. No. 19 Iowa State W 75-72
at West Virginia L 104-96
vs. No. 11 Texas Tech L 81-66
vs. No. 18 Kansas State L 64-52
at Texas W 69-56
Team Stats
Oklahoma State TCU
Record 12-19 19-12
Points Per Game 68 74.5
Points Allowed Per Game 71.5 70.2
Field-Goal Percentage 42.3 45.7
Rebounds Per Game 34.3 36.2
Assists Per Game 13.2 16.3
Big 12 Tournament Bracket

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