The Cowboys continue Big 12 play in Austin, Texas after getting roughed up at home against a strong Texas Tech squad. Beating UT at home feels like seasons ago, and a ravaged Cowboys roster will have to dig deep to be competitive against a desperate Longhorn team.
Who: Texas (14-11, 6-6 Big 12)
Where: Erwin Center - Austin, TX
When: Saturday Feb. 16, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. CST
Web Stream: CBSSports
Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
Trey Reeves: Out for season (Foot)
G Kerwin Roach (Sr), G Matt Coleman III (So), G Courtney Ramey (Fr), F Dylan Osetkowski (Sr), F Jaxson Hayes (Fr)
After beating Texas (KenPom No. 28) at Gallagher-Iba Arena earlier this season, the two teams have gone down fairly different paths. Texas has managed a .500 record, and the Cowboys have won just one Big 12 game since then.
Texas has had a fairly up-and-down season in this, Shaka Smart’s fourth season in Austin. They’ve had two one-and-done appearances in the tourney in his tenure, and Texas is fighting to stay on the positive side of the bubble this season. This and avenging the earlier loss will give the Longhorns plenty of motivation as the Pokes travel to Texas.
The Longhorns are led by Kerwin Roach (14.9 ppg) and have three other double digit scorers in Jaxson Hayes (10.5 ppg), Matt Coleman III (10.0 ppg), and Dylan Osetkowski (10.0 ppg).
Three Things to Watch For:
The Longhorns are playing like they have something to lose (because they do), and the Cowboys have looked at times like they’re ready to move on to next season. Where do the Pokes draw their motivation for this game?
2. Oh captains, my captains:
The Cowboys won the last meeting behind strong performances from their three captains (and a now booted Michael Weathers) and a good defensive first half. The Cowboys will need more of the same and probably more to give themselves a chance in this one.
3. Breaking the slide:
We’ll just go ahead and keep this one until it happens. Or maybe not because it’s kind of demoralizing.
The Pokes look to break a seven game conference slide in this game. It’s hard to fault the team for wanting to look forward to next season, because the fans certainly are.