Monday , Jan , 22 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Cowboys and Sooners meet in Stillwater

Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – Bitter Big 12 rivals will collide
in Stillwater tonight, as the 13th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys host
the Oklahoma Sooners.

Oklahoma has won back-to-back decisions to improve to 11-6 overall and 3-2
in league play. The Sooners were completely dominant in Saturday’s 91-51 romp
over Baylor, but they carry an 0-3 record in true road games into
tonight’s contest.

Oklahoma State hopes to bounce back strong from a lopsided 67-49 loss
to Texas A&M on Saturday. It is no surprise that the Cowboys
suffered a letdown, as they were coming off a triple-overtime victory
over Texas in what is considered to be perhaps the game of the year thus far.
OSU is now 16-3 overall, but the club is just 2-2 in Big 12 action.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series between these rivals by a 121-87
margin, and the Sooners won the most recent meeting by a score of 67-66 last

Strong defense has been the strength of the Oklahoma team, as it is
limiting opponents to just 56.9 ppg on 37.8 percent shooting from the floor,
including 32.9 percent from three-point range. Longar Longar is just a
freshman, but the center is scoring 11.9 ppg on 57.6 percent shooting from
the field to pace the squad. Longar is also pulling down 7.3 rpg, and he
will be a more formidable player once he improves on his subpar free throw
shooting. Michael Neal adds 10.5 ppg, and Tony Crocker is contributing 10.4
ppg for the Sooners. In the 40-point romp over Baylor on Saturday, Nate
Carter posted 22 points and nine rebounds, while Neal scored 16 points
on 4-of-7 accuracy from three-point range. The Sooners connected on 57.6
percent of their field goal attempts, and they earned a 42-30 rebounding

The Cowboys are coming off a miserable offensive effort against Texas A&M
on Saturday, as they shot only 33.3 percent from the floor and finished
with a mere six assists against 21 turnovers. Defensively, Oklahoma State
surrendered 48.8 percent shooting from the field. JamesOn Curry led the way
in defeat with 20 points on the strength of 4-of-7 accuracy from three-
point range. Mario Boggan added 11 points and eight rebounds, a far cry
from the 37-point, 20-rebound effort that he managed in the win over Texas
in the previous outing. Heading into the game against A&M, Boggan was
averaging 22.0 ppg and 8.1 rpg, and he is certainly a strong candidate for
both Big 12 and National Player of the Year honors. Curry is scoring nearly 20
ppg, and those two players form one of college basketball’s finest duos.