Oklahoma State guard Michael Weathers (23) drives around Oklahoma guard Rashard Odomes (1) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at Oklahoma State

Posted January 7th, 2019


Texas at Oklahoma State

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena (capacity: 13,611)


TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 50-43. In their last trip to Stillwater, the Longhorns had a 12-point lead with 14:07 left but it slipped away as the Cowboys grabbed a 65-64 come-from-behind win.

TEXAS (10-4, 2-0 Big 12)
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.53.2*
55GElijah Mitrou-LongJr.6-17.93.4
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-412.44.8
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.18.2
10FJaxson HayesFr.6-119.65.1
Coach: Shaka Smart (60-54, 4th year at Texas; 223-110, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart is examining ways to get more playing time for guards Elijah Mitrou-Long and Courtney Ramey. “For those two guys, what we see is the level of energy on the floor typically does increase when they go in the game,” Smart said. The best lineup with those two include guard Matt Coleman III and Kerwin Roach II. Guard Andrew Jones is expected to rejoin the team this week, Smart said. Jones, who has been diagnosed with leukemia, was given permission to leave the team in December and for a pre-planned treatment in Houston. He should be on the bench for Saturday’s game against Texas Tech.

OKLAHOMA STATE (6-8, 0-2 Big 12)
13GIsaac LikekeleFr.6-47.13.1*
4GThomas DziagwaJr.6-410.73.1
21GLindy WatersJr.6-611.44.8
12FCameron McGriffJr.6-713.18.0
14FYor AneiFr.6-106.94.1
Coach: Mike Boynton (27-22, 2nd year at Oklahoma State)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Cowboys: Don’t be deceived by Oklahoma State’s sub-.500 record. Coach Mike Boynton’s team can play solid defense. OSU held Oklahoma to just 36.2 percent shooting last Saturday. It was the second straight game the Pokes held its opponent to a season-low shooting percentage. For years, this program has always been able to run and score in transition. Junior Cameron McGriff nearly posted his third-straight double-double, something that hasn’t happened since Desmond Mason pulled it off during the 1999-2000 season. OSU is 5-2 when McGriff scores 14 points or more. OSU is plus-25 in the last four games whenever Curtis Jones is on the floor.

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

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