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2020 Big 12 basketball tournament: Oklahoma State to play Iowa State in first round

The Cowboys and Cyclones split their season series with both teams winning at home.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State has found itself in a familiar position under coach Mike Boynton in March — in the opening game of the Big 12 tournament.

For the third straight year under Boynton the Cowboys will play in the first game of the tournament this time as the No. 8 seed against No. 9 seed Iowa State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

The Cowboys have lost two straight in the Big 12 tournament with Boynton after a 71-60 win against No. 9 Oklahoma in 2018. OSU lost 82-68 to top-seeded Kansas in the second round, and fell 73-70 to No. 8 TCU in 2019.

The Cowboys and Cyclones split their regular season series with each team winning at home, 89-82 ISU win Jan. 21 in Ames and 73-61 OSU win Feb. 29 in Stillwater. Both teams enter the tournament in different directions as the Cyclones have lost three straight and five of their past six, while the Cowboys have won three straight and four of their past five.

The OSU-ISU winner will face No. 1 seed Kansas at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Big 12 tournament schedule

First Round — Wednesday, March 11

Game 1: No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Iowa State | 6 p.m. | ESPNU

Game 2: No. 7 TCU vs. No. 10 Kansas State | 8 p.m. | ESPNU

Quarterfinals — Thursday, March 12

Game 3: No. 4 Texas vs. No. 5 Texas Tech | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN/ESPN2

Game 4: No. 1 Kansas vs. Game 1 winner | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN/ESPN

Game 5: No. 2 Baylor vs. Game 2 winner | 5 p.m. | ESPN/ESPN2

Game 6: No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 West Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPN/ESPN2

Semifinals — Friday, March 13

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner | 6 p.m. | ESPN/ESPN2

Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner | 8 p.m. | ESPN/ESPN

Championship — Saturday, March 14

Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner | 5 p.m. | ESPN