Pokes and Huskers duke it out in Lincoln
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) – The ninth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys
suffered an embarrassing loss earlier this week, and they will hope to
bounce back in today’s Big 12 Conference matchup with the Nebraska
Oklahoma carried a 15-1 record, a four-game winning streak and a wealth of
confidence into Wednesday’s matchup with fellow league and national power,
Kansas. That contest marked the first true road game of the season for the
Cowboys, and the result was an ugly 87-57 loss. The 57 points marked the
worst offensive output of the season for the club, as it had topped the 80-
point plateau in the previous four outings.
Nebraska is 8-0 at home, an obvious reason for confidence heading into this
afternoon’s contest. The Cornhuskers opened Big 12 play on the road Wednesday
with a 71-62 loss to Iowa State, and that setback halted a four-game winning
streak for the squad.
Nebraska owns a 61-49 advantage in the all-time series with Oklahoma State,
including two straight wins over the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State committed 20 turnovers on Wednesday and shot 32.1 percent from
the floor, the two most obvious factors that led to the 30-point loss. It also
didn’t help matters that the Cowboys permitted Kansas to connect on 57.6
percent of its field goal attempts, including a 5-of-9 effort from three-point
range. Kenny Cooper and JamesOn Curry tallied 12 points in defeat, and Terrel
Harris added 10 points off the bench. Most surprising was the fact that OSU
star forward Mario Boggan was completely held in check. In 26 minutes of
action, Boggan turned the ball over five times and finished with eight points
on 4-of-16 shooting from the floor. Despite that disappointing showing, he is
still averaging 21.1 ppg and 7.4 rpg while shooting 59.7 percent from the
field. Curry is a strong offensive option as well, as he is contributing 18.5
ppg and 78 assists.
In Wednesday’s loss to Iowa State, Nebraska connected on only 37 percent of its
field goal attempts in the second half after a 52.2 percent showing in the
opening stanza. The Cornhuskers were outscored by 12 points over the final 20
minutes, as Iowa State shot 52 percent from the floor, including 4-of-6 from
three-point range, and added 14-of-15 effort from the foul line in the second
half. Nebraska was outscored 16-10 from the charity stripe in the contest and
outrebounded by a 35-27 margin. Aleks Maric did all he could to keep the
Huskers in the game, as he posted 20 points and 13 rebounds. Charles Richardson
and Jamel White pitched in 11 points apiece in defeat. Maric is averaging 18.2
ppg and 7.9 rpg to lead the team in both categories, and his 62.2 percent
overall shooting is sensational.