Stillwater News Press

January 3, 2014

Cowboys set for Big 12 opener


Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State aims at keeping its success going when the Cowboys make a trip to Manhattan, Kan., Saturday.

No. 6 ranked Cowboys will play at Kansas State at 3 p.m. Saturday for their Big 12 opener.

For the second year in a row the Cowboys will go to Kansas State to begin coference play.

OSU is 11-6 in conference openers since the Big 12 formed in 1996-1997. The Cowboys will have a tough test in Manhattan, sporting a 3-5 record when opening league play on the road.

The Cowboys and the Wildcats have a seasoned history together. Kansas State owns the history with a 74-49 record over OSU. The Cowboys have not had a lot of success in Manhattan with a 15-36 record.

Do not let the overall record fool you though. Since 1990, the Cowboys are 27-12 against Kansas State.

Kansas State is 10-3 this year with a 7-1 record at home. While the Wildcats are currently unranked, the team has received votes in the latest AP Poll.

OSU is averaging close to 87 points a game and has four players in double figures. Marcus Smart is averaging 17.2 points a game and is one of the top leaders in the Big 12. Markel Brown is averaging 16.5, LeBryan Nash with 13.5 and Phil Forte averages 12.2 points a game.

Kansas State’s offense is averaging just 67.4 points a game but allows a league best 57.8 points a game.

The Oklahoma State and Kansas State game is scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.