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Hoops Preview: OSU Welcomes Stingy Texas Tech Defense to GIA

What to expect when the Red Raiders come to Stillwater on Wednesday.



STILLWATER — The top-rated defensive team in the country will be in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday night.

With eight regular season games left, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech meet each other for the first time this year. Tech enters the contest ranked first in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency and is third in the country in scoring defense, allowing opponents only 57.3 points a game.

The Cowboys have dropped six of their past seven, but they have beaten Tech 14 of the last 15 times the teams have met in Stillwater, including last season when the Red Raiders were ranked sixth in the country.

Here’s a breakdown of Wednesday nights matchup.

Viewing Info

Time: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Location: Gallagher-Iba Arena

Oklahoma State’s Projected Starters
Isaac Likekele Freshman 7.8 4.6 3.8 0.3 1.3
Thomas Dziagwa Junior 10.7 2.7 1.5 0 0.5
Lindy Waters Junior 12.2 4.7 2.8 0.2 1.2
Cameron McGriff Junior 13.4 7.5 1.9 1 1.2
Yor Anei Freshman 7.4 4.5 0.6 2 0.1
Texas Tech’s Projected Starters
Davide Moretti Sophomore 10.7 1.8 2.3 0 1.2
Matt Mooney Redshirt Senior 10.6 3.3 3 0.2 1.8
Jarrett Culver Sophomore 17.6 6.3 3.8 0.4 1.2
Tariq Owens Redshirt Senior 8.2 5.3 0.8 2.5 0.5
Norense Odiase Redshirt Senior 3.9 5.3 0.3 1 0.4
Oklahoma State’s Last Five
Opponent Result Score
vs. Oklahoma L 70-61
vs South Carolina W 74-70
vs. Kansas State L 75-57
at TCU L 70-68
at Kansas L 84-72
Texas Tech’s Last Five
Opponent Result Score
vs. Arkansas W 67-64
vs. TCU W 84-65
at Kansas L 79-63
vs. West Virginia W 81-50
at Oklahoma W 66-54
Team Stats
Overall Oklahoma State Texas Tech
Record 9-14 19-5
Points Per Game 69 70.6
Points Allowed Per Game 70.7 57.3
Field-Goal Percentage 43.2 46.6
Rebounds Per Game 34.6 35
Assists Per Game 13.6 13.9
Big 12 Standings
Team Conference Record Overall Record
Kansas State 9-2 19-5
Kansas 8-4 19-6
Baylor 7-4 16-8
Texas Tech 7-4 19-5
Iowa State 7-4 18-6
Texas 6-6 14-11
TCU 5-6 17-7
Oklahoma 3-9 15-10
Oklahoma State 2-8 9-14
West Virginia 2-9 10-14
Mike Boynton on Texas Tech

“They’re really physical. What they try to do is they try to make you play at the speed, offensively, that they want you to play by pressuring the ball, really getting after you, causing deflections, taking charges, kinda frustrating you into some tough shots. I think flip a coin on them and K-State as the better defensive team. They take more chances. K-State’s kinda solid. They make it hard on you, but they’re both really good. That’s where you start, their defense is top two or three in the country by all metrics. Then offensively, they got a lottery pick, so you start there and figure out how to slow him down to give yourself a chance.”

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