Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff, center, dunks in front of teammate Yor Anei,left, and Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Oklahoma State

Posted February 15th, 2019


Texas vs. Oklahoma State

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)


TV/radio: CBS/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas has a 50-44 lead in the all-time series, but it’s gone back and forth in recent years. Oklahoma State won the last matchup in Stillwater on Jan. 8 by three. The Cowboys have won three of the last four games.

TEXAS (14-11, 6-6 Big 12)
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.03.6*
3GCourtney RameyFr.6-37.22.8
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-414.94.6
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.08.0
10FJaxson HayesFr.6-1110.55.2
Coach: Shaka Smart (64-61, 4th year at Texas; 227-117, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart isn’t too worried about looking past Oklahoma State, a team that lost by 28 points to Texas Tech on Wednesday. “The biggest thing for us is they beat us in the first game,” Smart said. The first half was particularly awful for the Horns. Playing with virtually no energy, Texas went 2-for-22 from 3-point range as OSU led from tip to buzzer. Smart is positive about sophomore Jericho Sims’ recent play. He’s 9-for-11 from the floor in the last three games while still playing modest minutes. “Just continuing to encourage him to be in attack mode,” said Smart, who would like to give Jaxson Hayes more rest if Sims could provide more offensive punch.

OKLAHOMA STATE (9-15, 2-9 Big 12)
13GIsaac LikekeleFr.6-47.83.8*
4GThomas DziagwaJr.6-410.32.8
21GLindy WatersJr.6-612.04.7
12FCameron McGriffJr.6-713.87.7
14FYor AneiFr.6-107.14.5
Coach: Mike Boynton (30-30, 2nd year at Oklahoma State)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Cowboys: This rebuilding project under coach Mike Boynton was not expected to take flight this season. But OSU has been punchy every night out. Not Wednesday, though. Oklahoma State looked defeated from the start in a 78-50 loss to Tech. It was OSU’s second-worst home defeat since the 1934-35 season and the program’s seventh-worst loss in the Big 12. “This is a game of confidence and we don’t have a ton right now, as you could see,” Boynton told reporters. “They beat us in every facet of the game.” F Cameron McGriff is still plugging away. He’s finished in double figures in 11 of the last 14 games and has seven double-doubles this season.

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

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