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Notebook: Oklahoma State Near Three-Point Record Against Shockers

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Undie-ball is in full swing! Hard-nosed defense meets fun offense. What’s not to like? Oklahoma State hit 14 3-pointers (one shy of a school record) and handed WSU its first non-conference loss in 42 games.

So let’s get into it.

1st Half

• The Cowboys started hot, making their first four shots from the field. Wichita State started 0-6 from the field. This all equated to a 10-1 edge for the Pokes with three minutes gone.

• Both defenses were very active and made it tough on the other teams.

• The Cowboys got six of their first seven rebounds on offense. That’s effort and was a big key coming into this game.

• Jawun was feeling it early. He scored 11 of the Cowboys first 22 points. He also had double the rebounds of the next teammate in that span (four).

• By the halfway mark of the first half, OSU had come to earth a bit. They were 7 of 15 from the field (46.7 percent) and 3 of 5 from beyond the arc (60 percent). Wichita State was 3 of 11 (27.3 percent) and 1 of 3 from three (33.3 percent).

• Phil Forte could not get going again. He got blocked on a straight-up three and the got open and came way short grazing the front of the rim.

• At the 9-minute mark in the first half, the Cowboys had out-rebounded the Shockers 14-4.

This.

• Phil Forte is not in a “Phil-Forte slump” anymore. He’s in a real-person slump. He played himself onto the bench with a 1-7 first half.

• Jeffrey Carroll should win Most Improved Player in the Big 12, if that was an award.

• Twice in the first half OSU (Hammonds and Waters) fouled on a 3-point attempt.

• With the Cowboys losing groud late in the first and their once 18-point lead shrinking to 10, Dizzy came up big again with a transition three.

• In fact, Underwood went freshman-heavy to close out the half after Evans picked up his second foul. They didn’t disappoint and actually grew the OSU 10-point lead back up to 18 before the Shockers scored at the buzzer to making it a 16-point game at the half.

Halftime numbers

• OSU shot 55 percent from the field while Wichita State shot 33 percent. From deep the difference was greater. OSU shot 55 percent to Wichita State’s 17 percent beyond the arc.

• The Cowboys out-rebounded the Shockers 21-12 in the first half. On offensive rebounds it’s 10-4.

• OSU had eight assists to eight turnovers but they held the Shockers to four assists and forced 10 turnovers.

• The deepest team in the country got outscored on the bench 26-9.

2nd Half

• N’Guessan picked up his fourth foul early in the second half which forced him to the bench. His box score won’t look impressive but he’s been good defensively. He just needs to find a way to stay on the court.

• Leyton Hammonds probably had his best game this season.

• Underwood’s defense is working. The Cowboys make it so tough on opposing offenses. They muddle up passing lanes and keep the ball handler on his heels. I looove it.

• Phil made his second shot at with about 13 minutes left in the game.. #struggles

• Undie ball is so fun. They play fast and score fast.

• OSU won the Shocker-press challenge with few exceptions. They played it well and made them pay with quick decisions. Not something you would look for from a freshman-heavy lineup.

• I like me some Tommy D. / Ziggy/ Dizzy / Man on Fire / he’ll have two more nicknames next week.

• OSU fought of an early second half surge and Evans pushed them back up north of a 20-point lead. It was over with 15 minutes left.

End-game notes

• Undie Ball! I’m so happy for all of us…

• The Cowboys out-fouled the Shockers 32-21. Wichita State shot 21 (!) more freethrows than OSU and outscored them 35-17 at the stripe.

• The rebounding battle ended pretty evenly, even though there was a good chunk of garbage time played in the second half. Total rebounds: OSU had 36 to WSU’s 34. The Shockers actually out-rebounded the Cowboys 18-17 on the offensive glass.

And this…

https://twitter.com/GottliebShow/status/810309009857269761

Conclusion

OSU is good, guys. Not because they out-athlete other teams. They out-effort other teams. After 11 games we have a pretty good idea of who the Cowboys are. Their only losses are when they give up a game they dominated the majority of late to a really good Maryland team on the road and getting blown out in a tournament by a top-10 UNC team.

If the Cowboys can beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and get a win against Arkansas in January, Underwood will hold an 11-2 non-con record his first season. That’s better than any of Travis Ford’s.

OSU has it’s guy. Watch out, Big 12. “Tell ’em I’m comin”… You know the rest.

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