Saturday , Feb , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Cowboys try to lasso Buffaloes

Boulder, CO (Sports Network) – The 12th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys will
take on the lowly Colorado Buffaloes this afternoon in a Big 12 Conference
clash.

Oklahoma State has been idle since last Saturday when it posted a 62-50
decision over Iowa State. The Cowboys have now won back-to-back games to
improve to 18-3 overall, including 4-2 in league play. It should be mentioned
that OSU has only played two true road games this season, and both have
resulted in lopsided losses.

Like many teams, Colorado plays its best ball at home, but that isn’t saying
much considering that Buffs are just 4-7 in Boulder. They are a woeful 5-13
overall, including 1-7 in Big 12 action, and they enter today’s tilt with a
four-game losing skid. The most recent loss came on Tuesday by a 97-83 final at
Baylor.

While Oklahoma State does own a 57-46 advantage in the all-time series with
Colorado, the Buffaloes won last season’s only meeting by an 80-78 final in
overtime.

Oklahoma State possesses one of the top duos in the Big 12, as Mario Boggan and
JamesOn Curry put up big numbers for the club. Boggan is scoring 20.8 ppg on
57.1 percent shooting from the floor, and he is pulling down 7.8 rpg. As for
Curry, a talented backcourt performer, he adds 18.5 ppg and has dished out 87
assists. The Cowboys are scoring 80.8 ppg this season while holding the
opposition to 69.5 ppg. Last weekend against Iowa State, defense was the name
of the game for Oklahoma State, as the club limited the Cyclones to 50 points
on 32.2 percent shooting from the floor, including 4-of-16 from three-point
range. Terrel Harris came off to bench to tie his career high with 21 points
for OSU, and he fouled out of the game after 27 minutes of action. Boggan
totaled 17 points and nine rebounds, while Curry contributed 14 points.

The only player to start all 18 games for Colorado is Richard Roby, and while
he leads the team with 17.5 ppg, there is plenty of room for improvement in his
game. Roby is shooting just 36.9 percent from the floor, including 26.2 percent
from three-point range, and he has 28 more turnovers than assists. The
Buffaloes are surrendering 80.8 ppg this season, as they are permitting teams
to connect on nearly 42 percent of their three-point attempts. Against Baylor
earlier this week, Colorado allowed the Bears to rack up 97 points on 57.9
percent shooting from the field, including 14-of-25 from three-point range.
Xavier Silas led the way in defeat for the Buffs with 24 points, while Roby and
Jeremy Williams contributed 18 points apiece.

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