Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Tip-off: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have an opportunity to earn a share of the Big 12 title, however YouWager experts think that this team is going to need a pair of top 10 teams to falter during the final week of the regular season while it finishes with two hard games ahead.
The 13th-ranked Oklahoma State will begin with that tough stretch tonight when they play the Iowa State Cyclones, who have lost once on their own court all season.
The Cowboys (22-6, 12-4) trails No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks and ninth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats by 1 1/2 games in the conference. Kansas ended their season Saturday night versus the Baylor Bears, while Kansas State finished with a game against the Cowboys earlier in the day.
However, before Oklahoma State can even consider that showdown, they must first concentrate on Iowa State (19-10, 9-7). The Cyclones were 15-0 at home before the Jayhawks came to town and left with a 108-96 victory Feb. 25.
Iowa St beat the visiting Wildcats 73-67 on Jan. 26, and they’ll now be looking to stop the Cowboys from winning six straight conference road games in a single season for the sixth time in school history and first since 1950-51.
Oklahoma State has come out victorious in 14 of 17 in this series, however the last three meetings have come down to a basket in the final five seconds. Freshman Marcus Smart hit the winning shot with 3.1 seconds left to lift the Cowboys to a 78-76 home win Jan. 30.
Oklahoma State’s forward Le’Bryan Nash hit a tiebreaking fadeaway jumper with 4.7 seconds remaining in a 69-67 win at home last season after Scott Christopherson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 71-68 Cyclones victory in the first matchup of 2011-12.
Tyrus McGee led the way Saturday with a career high-tying 22 points for the Cyclones, which never recovered after the Oklahoma Sooners jumped out to a 12-2 advantage.