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Diving Into the History of Oklahoma State vs. Michigan

The two teams have matched up only three times prior to this Friday’s game.

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When the Wolverines and the Cowboys take the hardwood Friday, it will be the fourth meeting of the two teams in recorded history, according to the OSU Athletics website. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 2-1.


The first meeting was back in 1982 in a non-conference tournament. The Cowboys recorded their only win in the series with a 78-70 overtime win.


The next time the two teams saw each other was in the Southeast Regional Semifinal in the 1992 NCAA tournament 25 years ago. You might have heard of that Michigan team before, probably by their nickname “The Fab Five.”

Corey Williams poured in 25 points before fouling out for the Cowboys, while Sean Sutton scored 18 points and dished eight assists while playing for his dad.

The Cowboys lost after they turned it over with a second left and Juwan Howard hit two free throws to seal the Cowboys’ fate. Michigan great Jalen Rose had a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Howard ended with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.


The final meeting of the two teams was in the second round of the 1997 NIT. The Cowboys dropped the third game of the series 85-75. The Wolverines went on to win the NIT title that season.


The Cowboys look to even up the all-time series Friday morning and advance to the Round of 32 for the 13th time in school history. Oklahoma State will try to increase its all-time record in the Round of 64 to 13-5.

Make sure to keep checking in with Cowboys Ride For Free as the week progresses as we get closer to tip-off time in Indianapolis.