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PREVIEW: Oklahoma State vs. TCU

The Cowboys look to bounce back on the road on Saturday night.

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After a disappointing home loss to Kansas State on Wednesday, the Cowboys look to rebound on the road against the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday. Oklahoma State seems to have more luck on the road than in the friendly confines of Gallagher-Iba Arena, so hopefully the Cowboys can grab another conference win away from home.


Where: Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, TX

When: 7:00 p.m. CT

Watch: ESPN2

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network


Last Time

The Cowboys had dropped two in a row since beating Oklahoma State home on January 20th. This was the third game in that losing streak, when the Cowboys lost to the Horned Frogs 79-66. The Horned Frogs were burning down the nets in GIA, shooting 55% from the field, including 8-for-12 from beyond the arc. TCU spread the wealth offensively, with five players in double figures, and their leading scorers (Alex Robinson and Kenrich Williams) only had 13 points.

For Oklahoma State, it was another tough shooting night, especially in the second half. Jeffrey Carroll led the way for the Pokes with 18 points. Cameron McGriff and Kendall Smith had 11 points and 13 points respectively coming off of the bench. The Cowboys were able to force 20 turnovers, but were out-rebounded by TCU 37 to 26.


Since that game, TCU has lost three of four, including their most recent game against West Virginia. Both teams are desperate for a win as TCU clings to NCAA Tournament hopes, and the Cowboys look to get back on the bubble as they hold onto a sliver of hope of making it to the Big Dance.

Three Big Things

Rebound, rebound, rebound

The Horned Frogs beat the Cowboys on the glass in Stillwater, that has to change this time around. If Oklahoma State can limit second-chance opportunities and create them on the offensive end, this will make this a tightly-contested game. Having Mitchell Solomon, Yankuba Sima, and Cameron McGriff out of foul trouble is key because all three of them are extremely important to the success on the glass for the Pokes.

The Cowboys need a go-to scorer

At times the Cowboys’ offense can go away and have multiple empty possessions. This is where somebody needs to take over. Whether it be Jeffrey Carroll, Lindy Waters, Tavarius Shine, Kendall Smith, or anybody else, someone needs to become a go-to scorer when the offense starts to sputter.

Find a way to keep winning on the road

I do not understand this team. They find ways to win tough games on the road, but lose games at home. Regardless, if the Cowboys want to keep clinging to any sort of hope to end up in the field of 68, they need to win this game. I think the Cowboys match up pretty with the Horned Frogs, so this is a matchup that should lead to another win. Since the Cowboys are on the road, I like the chances.


Prediction

I’m not going to put too much analysis into this, it’s fairly simple. It’s a Saturday on the road, so the Cowboys find a way to win, somehow.

Cowboys 68, Horned Frogs 63