Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia: Full Game Preview

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Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia: Full Game Preview
(14) Oklahoma State
(19-6, 5-4 away)
West Virginia
(13-13, 9-3 home)
Venue: WVU Coliseum
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Oklahoma State M Brown 15.9 M Cobbins 6.4 M Smart 4.3
West Virginia A Murray 9.2 A Murray 6.4 J Staten 3.2

On Saturday, No. 14 Oklahoma State visits WVU Coliseum to take on West Virginia. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Cowboys beat the Mountaineers 80-66 on Jan. 26.

Oklahoma State is in third place in the conference, West Virginia is in seventh place.

In spite of 20 points and 5 rebounds from Markel Brown, the Cowboys came up short 68-67 against Kansas on Feb. 20. He leads the team with 15.9 points per game. For the Mountaineers, Juwan Staten finished with 8 points and 8 assists in the 71-61 loss to Kansas State on Feb. 18. With 3.2 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Oklahoma State has a statistical advantage over West Virginia in one significant category, scoring, where the Cowboys have an edge over the Mountaineers, 72 points per game to 65 points per game. Areas of strength for West Virginia include: free throw rate at 42.7 percent and offensive rebounding percentage at 37.4 percent.

West Virginia StatSmack

  • Oklahoma State has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than West Virginia this season (four vs. zero).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Oklahoma State is superior to West Virginia (Latest AP Poll: No. 14 vs. Not Ranked).
  • Be afraid. Oklahoma State has blown out more teams than West Virginia this season (eight blowouts vs. three).
  • The Oklahoma State steals leader (Marcus Smart, 72 steals) has more steals than the West Virginia steals leader (Juwan Staten, 32 steals).
  • Even computers respect Oklahoma State more. Oklahoma State has a better RPI this season than West Virginia (RPI: No. 32 vs. No. 93).
  • Oklahoma State is ranked higher than West Virginia in the Big 12 (No. 3 vs. No. 7).
  • Oklahoma State has a better record at home than West Virginia this season (13-2 vs. 8-3).
  • Michael Cobbins is ranked 8th in the Big 12 in blocks.
  • It's only wins and losses, but Oklahoma State has a better overall record than West Virginia this season (19-6 vs. 13-13).
  • The Oklahoma State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than West Virginia (92 percent vs. 71 percent).
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Marcus Smart 33 15 6 4 3 1 3
A- Markel Brown 35 16 5 2 1 1 2
B Le`Bryan Nash 32 13 4 2 1 0 3
B Phil Forte 26 11 2 1 1 0 1
B Michael Cobbins 26 7 6 0 0 2 1
C J. Olukemi 20 9 3 1 1 0 2
C Philip Jurick 18 3 6 0 0 1 1
C Kamari Murphy 19 4 4 1 0 1 1
C Brian Williams 14 4 2 1 0 0 1
C- Marek Soucek 8 2 1 0 1 0 0
D+ Kirby Gardner 11 1 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Christien Sager 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Ford Stuen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Mason Cox 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Alex Budke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
WVU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Aaric Murray 21 9 6 1 1 1 1
C+ Juwan Staten 29 8 3 3 1 0 2
C Deniz Kilicli 22 9 4 1 0 0 2
C Terry Henderson 19 7 3 1 1 0 1
C Eron Harris 20 9 2 1 1 0 1
C Jabarie Hinds 24 8 2 2 1 0 2
C Gary Browne 22 6 3 2 1 0 1
C- Kevin Noreen 18 3 4 1 0 0 1
D+ Keaton Miles 12 3 2 1 1 1 0
D+ Matt Humphrey 10 5 2 0 1 0 1
D+ D. Rutledge 12 2 3 0 0 0 1
D Richard Romeo 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Aaron Brown 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Volodymyr Gerun 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Aric Dickerson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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