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Preview: Oklahoma State hosts Cyclones for Senior Day in Stillwater

The Cowboys look to even the season series on Leap Day.

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When Iowa State comes to town on Leap Day, Oklahoma State will recognize six seniors, three of which have contributed heavily to the Cowboys basketball program during the past four years. While this game won’t be the last home-game of the season, OSU is wanting to accommodate the travel plans of the families of those being celebrated by hosting Senior day on a weekend instead of on Wednesday of next week.

Without a doubt, Cameron McGriff, Lindy Waters III, and Thomas Dziagwa have played a vital role in some of the best moments Cowboy basketball has experienced in the last few years. Look back to last weekend when McGriff went beast-mode against the Sooners and helped provide one of the most satisfying win’s this year. Or when Waters splashed the game-winning 3 to upset a ranked West Virginia team in Morgantown. Earlier this year, when Dziagwa went 7-10 from deep to help the Pokes dominate Charleston, a tournament team from last year.

These players will be missed, but I’m incredibly excited to watch the development of the young guys Coach Boynton has brought and is bringing in. ANYWAY, back to the preview.


Who: Iowa State (12-16, 5-10)

Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, OK

When: 3 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 29

TV: ESPNU

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network / TuneIn

Live stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com

Favorite: OSU 72.1%

Series record (since 1991): Cowboys lead 30-22

Previous Result: 89-82 Cyclones


Projected Starters

Oklahoma State

No. 13 Isaac Likekele

No. 21 Lindy Waters III

No. 1 Jonathan Laurent

No. 12 Cam McGriff

No. 14 Yor Anei

Iowa State

No. 3 Tre Jackson

No. 11 Prentiss Nixon

No. 45 Rasir Bolton

No. 33 Solomon Young

No. 12 Michael Jacobson


Previous Matchup

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The last time these two played, the Cowboys were still searching for their first conference win and coach Mike Boynton was struggling to find a suitable lineup for conference play. Solomon Young came off the bench and whipped OSU on the inside, racking up foul after foul. He shot 15 free throws, hitting 13 of them en route to scoring 27. Future NBA lottery-pick Tyrese Haliburton also scored 20 while adding 6 boards and 6 assists. Rasir Bolton had 21, rounding out the double-digit scoring efforts from the Cyclones.

For the Pokes, 6 players reached double-digits in scoring. Dziagwa and Waters tied with 14 points scored each. Typically, balanced scoring like that results in wins, but not this time around. What hurt the Cowboys were 4 players in foul trouble, with Laurent being the only one to actually foul out.

In this game, I expect the Seniors to play well, especially McGriff. He’s become more aggressive and consistent with his scoring in the later parts of the season, and the matchup between him and Solomon Young should be a good one to watch. If I was to make a prediction, I’d probably say Pokes by single-digits.

Poll

Which Senior will score the most against the Cyclones?

This poll is closed

  • 83%
    Cam McGriff
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Laurent
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Thomas Dziagwa
    (0 votes)
  • 16%
    Lindy Waters III
    (1 vote)
6 votes total Vote Now