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Hoops Preview: OSU Takes on Hot Texas Team in Regular Season Finale

OSU heads to Austin for a bout with UT.

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STILLWATER — There isn’t a team as hot in the Big 12 as Texas.

Oklahoma State travels to Austin to face the Longhorns in the teams’ regular-season finale. The game won’t matter all that much in terms of the Cowboys’ Big 12 Tournament seeding. OSU is locked up in the 8/9 game Wednesday against Iowa State. However the game could lock up an NIT bid for the Pokes.

Texas hit what seemed to be rock bottom Feb. 15 when the Longhorns fell to Iowa State 81-52. Pictures of an empty Frank Erwin Center were being mocked on social media, and many were calling for fifth-year coach Shaka Smart’s job. But since that loss in Ames, the Longhorns haven’t lost.

The Longhorns have won five straight, beating two ranked teams before beating Red River rival Oklahoma at the buzzer Tuesday night.

UT has done it with its three-guard attack of Andrew Jones, Matt Coleman and Courtney Ramey. During this winning streak, Jones has averaged 17.2 points per game (after beating leukemia last year), Coleman has averaged 13 and Ramey has put up 15.4 a game.

“They got three really good guards,” Boynton said. “That’s a good place to start. They can all makes plays off the dribble. They’ve got confidence. Confidence, we talked about it when we didn’t have any, it’s a hard thing.”

Viewing Info

Time: 3 p.m. Saturday
Location: Frank Erwin Center in Austin
TV: ESPN2

Oklahoma State’s Projected Lineup
Name Class PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
Isaac Likekele Sophomore 10.3 5.5 4.3 1.9 0.3
Lindy Waters Senior 10.7 4.2 2.4 1.2 0.1
Jonathan Laurent Graduate 5.2 2.9 0.4 0.4 0.1
Cameron McGriff Senior 11.9 6.7 1.2 0.3 0.3
Yor Anei Sophomore 8.1 4.7 0.5 0.6 2
Texas’ Projected Lineup
Name Class PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
Matt Coleman Junior 12.6 3 3.5 1.3 0.1
Courtney Ramey Sophomore 11.1 4 2.9 1 0.1
Andrew Jones Redshirt Sophomore 11.6 2.3 1.8 0.7 0.2
Royce Hamm Junior 2.7 2.8 0.4 0.1 0.6
Kai Jones Freshman 3 3.1 0.3 0.5 1.1

 

Oklahoma State’s Past Five
Opponent Result Score
at No. 17 West Virginia L 65-47
vs. Oklahoma W 83-66
at No. 1 Kansas L 83-58
vs. Iowa State W 73-61
vs. Kansas State W 69-63
Texas’ Past Five
Opponent Result Score
vs. TCU W 70-56
at Kansas State W 70-59
vs. No 20 West Virginia W 67-57
at No. 22 Texas Tech W 68-58
at Oklahoma W 52-51
Big 12 Standings
Team Conference Record Overall Record
Kansas 16-1 27-3
Baylor 15-2 26-3
Texas 9-8 19-11
Texas Tech 9-8 18-12
West Virginia 8-9 20-10
Oklahoma 8-9 18-12
TCU 7-10 16-14
Oklahoma State 6-11 16-14
Iowa State 5-12 12-18
Kansas State 2-15 9-21

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