Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff (12) and Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith, right, view for position in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Preview: Texas vs. Oklahoma State

Posted February 23rd, 2018


Texas vs. Oklahoma State

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)


TV/Radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 49-43. The Cowboys captured a 65-64 win in Stillwater on Jan. 13. That was UT’s second game without guard Andrew Jones and first road trip since his leukemia diagnosis. Eric Davis Jr. had a team-high 18 points for the Horns, who let a 12-point lead slip away in the second half.

TEXAS (16-12 overall, 6-9 Big 12)
2GMatt ColemanFr.6-29.04.5*
12GKerwin Roach IIJr.6-411.73.6
13GJase FebresFr.6-53.41.7
21FDylan OsetkowskiJr.6-913.87.1
4CMo BambaFr.6-1113.410.9
Coach: Shaka Smart (47-47, 3rd year at Texas; 210-103, 9th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: The program was rocked early Friday by a Yahoo Sports report that implicated two players — Eric Davis Jr. (current) and Prince Ibeh (former) — in the FBI investigation into college basketball. However, the Horns still need a win to bolster their sagging NCAA hopes. … Mo Bamba’s left toe injury could be something that doesn’t heal over the final few weeks of the season. He had nine points and six rebounds against Kansas State but didn’t look like himself. … Jase Febres must give Texas something in these final three regular-season games. He was 0 for 2 shooting against the Wildcats and had no assists in 19 minutes.

OKLAHOMA STATE (16-12 overall, 6-9 Big 12)
1GKendall SmithSr.6-312.83.0*
21GLindy WatersSoph.6-68.93.6
12FCameron McGriffSoph.6-78.35.4
30FJeffrey CarrollSr.6-615.06.0
41FMitchell SolomonSr.6-98.16.0
Coach: Mike Boynton (16-12, 1st year at OSU; 1st year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Cowboys: At Big 12 media day, coach Mike Boynton joked that some people probably didn’t even know his name. Few people expected the Cowboys to be competitive this season. But Oklahoma State now has five wins over top-20 teams, including a major upset of sixth-ranked Texas Tech on Wednesday. Lindy Waters had a career-high 18 points as OSU hit 11 3-pointers. That includes hitting six consecutive treys to start the second half. “I don’t know how to bottle that up and take it on the road to Austin with us on Saturday, but I sure will try the next two days,” Boynton told reporters afterward.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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