Oklahoma State hosts Delaware State onTuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 pm inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. It will be the first-evermeeting between these two schools on the hardwood. The contest will betelevised by the Cowboy Sports Network and broadcast on Fox College SportsAtlantic (see listings below), with Mike Wolfe handling the play-by-play dutiesand Bryndon Manzer providing expert analysis.
Seventh-ranked Oklahoma State is 9-1this season following a 70-55 victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon inthe All-College Classic in Oklahoma City. The Cowboys are averaging more than88 points per game this season with five players averaging double figures.Marcus Smart leads the scoring attack with 19 ppg, tops in the Big 12Conference. Markel Brown is averaging 15.9 ppg, while Le'Bryan Nash (13.8 ppg),Phil Forte (11.7 ppg) and Brian Williams (10.1 ppg) are all averaging doublefigures.
OSU is shooting 49.8% from the floor,including 39.5% from beyond the arc. The Cowboys have a scoring margin of 23.8points per game. They also have a +2.9 rebounding margin and a +5.6 turnovermargin. OSU's defense has allowed more than 70 points just three times thisseason, giving up 64.6 ppg and 38.6% FG defense.
Delaware State is 2-8 on the seasonfollowing a 64-62 overtime loss to Howard in the Barclays Center in BrooklynSunday evening. The Hornets are led by junior forward Tyshawn Bell who isaveraging 11 ppg and is 31-of-35 (88.6%) from the free-throw line. Senior guardCasey Walker is the only other Hornet averaging in double figures at 10.8 ppgand he's also leading the team with 6.2 rebounds per contest. Two other players— Kendal Williams and Kendall Gray — are averaging 9.9 and 9.7 ppg,respectively.
As a team, DSU is averaging 60.3 ppg whileshooting 40.5% from the floor and just 30.6% from beyond the arc. The Hornetsare averaging just 11.7 turnovers per game. Delaware State is coached by GregJackson, in his 14th season as head coach. He is four wins shy of becoming theHornets' all-time winningest coach.
Against the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Oklahoma State has played just threetimes against current members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, onceagainst three different teams and all in Stillwater. The Cowboys defeated NorthCarolina A&T 81-67 on Dec. 2, 1996, beat Savannah State 83-56 on Jan. 6,2009, and defeated Coppin State 79-61 on Jan. 5, 2010. Other members of theconference which OSU has never played are: Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M,Hampton, Howard, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State, NorthCarolina Central and South Carolina State.
OSU Ties to Delaware
There really aren't any, at least notwith the current members of either team. The only player in Cowboy Basketballhistory to hail from the state of Delaware is Janavor Weatherspoon, who playedfor Oklahoma State from 2003-05. He was from Camden, which is a suburb ofDover, home of Delaware State. Weatherspoon was a member of OSU's 2004 FinalFour team, which will be reunited for the Bedlam game on Feb. 15, 2014, tocelebrate the 10-year anniversary.
Up Next for OSU
Oklahoma State will travel to LasVegas, Nev., this weekend to play Colorado in the featured game of adoubleheader in the MGM Grand Showcase at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tipoff isscheduled for 10:30 pm CT (8:30 pm local time), and the game will follow amatchup of New Mexico vs Marquette. It will be Oklahoma State's final gamebefore a break for the holiday.
OSU will then take off nine days beforehosting Robert Morris on Monday, Dec. 30, at 6 pm in a game televised by ESPNU.It will be the final non-conference game of the regular season before theCowboys open Big 12 Conference action on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Kansas State.
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