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2020 Big 12 tournament: Oklahoma State looks to continue hot streak vs. Cyclones

The Cowboys, winners of six of its past eight, now looks to make a run in the conference tournament.

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Here’s a sentence I did not picture myself typing in the midst of Oklahoma State’s dreadful 0-8 start to conference play, yet I present it with no reservations. The Cowboys are a legit Big 12 team as they get ready to tip off the conference tournament Wednesday against Iowa State. Now, that certainly doesn’t mean they’re on the level Kansas is playing at. Who is? But could they have competed with Baylor for that second spot barring Isaac Likekele’s setback with Mono? I think yes.

After struggling out of the gate, OSU’s only three conference losses all came on the road against No. 1 Baylor, No. 17 West Virginia and No. 1 Kansas. OSU’s last home loss came against KU that is currently looking like the most complete team in all of college basketball and has a great shot to win the whole thing.

OSU could have mailed it in after realizing their ticket to the NCAA tournament was all but lost. Instead? They finished the conference slate 7-3 and thumped a hot Texas team in Austin. That game was never remotely close. Now, a couple of wins in the Big 12 tournament and they might just be rewarded by the selection committee. (I realize they would have to beat KU in the process, but stranger things have happened, right?)

On to the preview.


Who: Iowa State (12-19, 5-13)

Where: Sprint Center | Kansas City, MO

When: 6 p.m. | Wednesday, March 11

TV: ESPNU

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network / TuneIn

Live stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com

Spread: OKST -6

Previous Result: 73-61 Cowboys


Projected Starters

Oklahoma State

No. 13 Isaac Likekele

No. 21 Lindy Waters III

No. 1 Jonathan Laurent

No. 12 Cameron McGriff

No. 14 Yor Anei

Iowa State

No. 3 Tre Jackson

No. 11 Prentiss Nixon

No. 2 Caleb Grill

No. 33 Solomon Young

No. 12 Michael Jacobson

John Rothstein posted this Iowa State Injury update earlier this morning:


Previous Match-up:

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In their last game, the Cowboys took the lead on a 3-point shot from McGriff to go up 20-18 and never trailed for the rest of the game. McGriff scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting and recorded seven rebounds and three assists. Dziagwa poured in 14 points, going 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Waters finished with 10 points and 6 assists, struggling from the field but making up for it from the free throw line (6-of-7).

Rasir Bolton led the Cyclones with 16-6-4-4, but he’ll be a game time decision for Wednesday’s game while in “concussion protocol”. Jacobson added 13 points to wrap up the double-digit scoring efforts for Iowa State. As a team, they went 5-of-20 from deep, but hit all of their free throws (12-of-12).

This game truly came down to the Cowboys simply hitting more shots than the Cyclones. I hate to put it that plainly, but they tied in total rebounds, had similar turnover numbers, and neither team shot a ton of free throws. Credit the Cowboy’s defense for making life hard on Solomon Young, who only managed 8 points after annihilating OSU the first time they played, going for 27.

I think the Cowboys get it done in this one, and somewhat comfortably at that.

KU awaits, in what might potentially maybe hopefully be a play-in game for the Cowboys chances at dancing next week.

Poll

What will be the result from Wednesday night’s game?

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  • 50%
    Cowboys by single-digits
    (5 votes)
  • 40%
    Cowboys by double-digits
    (4 votes)
  • 10%
    Cyclones by single-digits
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Cyclones by double-digits
    (0 votes)
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