Opponent: UTSA Roadrunners (0-2, 0-0 C-USA)
Date / Tipoff: Nov. 14, 2018 / 7 p.m. CT
Site: Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
Series: OSU leads 9-0 • In Stillwater: 9-0 • Last: 90-85 OT in 2011
Tickets: Start at $5 at okstate.com/tickets or 877-ALL-4-OSU
TV: Fox-Plus (Mike Wolfe, Bryndon Manzer)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb)
Satellite Radio: XM 388
Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com (Password: cowboys)
OSU Game Notes
Oklahoma State begins the 80th season of basketball in historic Gallagher-Iba Arena when the Cowboys host UTSA for their home opener on Wednesday night. The Cowboys are coming off a heartbreaking loss in their season opener at Charlotte, but will look to regroup against a Roadrunner squad that is taking on its second straight Big 12 opponent. OSU is led by its junior captains Cameron McGriff, Lindy Waters and Thomas Dziagwa, who all scored 15 points or more in the season opener on Saturday. UTSA fell to 0-2 after an 87-67 loss to Oklahoma on Monday, but is led by the duo of Keaton Wallace (15.5 ppg) and Nick Allen (15.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
The season opener at Charlotte showed how explosive the Cowboys can be, and at the same time, how young and inexperienced the team is. OSU raced out to an 18-point halftime lead thanks to 65 percent shooting in the opening frame, and even stretched that lead to 24 points with 14 minutes to play. That's when OSU's shooting touch went cold. The Cowboys were 2-of-20 from the floor for the rest of the contest and the 49ers relied on their veterans to take advantage. Charlotte's Jon Davis, a career 1,500 point scorer, posted 20 second-half points, including the banked in 3-pointer with 0.6 on the clock to hand OSU a 66-64 loss.
►Home Opener Success
Saturday marked the beginning of the 110th season of Cowboy basketball. The Cowboys are 97-12 (.889) all-time in home openers, including a 76-3 (.962) record in home openers in Gallagher-Iba Arena. In fact, OSU has won 42 straight home-openers in GIA dating back to 1974-75. OSU's last home-opening loss came at the hands of No. 11 Alabama, 74-67, on Dec. 2, 1974.
►The Series Against the Roadrunners
The Cowboys lead the all-time series against the Roadrunners, 9-0, with every meeting coming since the 1999-2000 season. The average margin of victory in the series is 19.0 points. All nine previous meetings have been played in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The last matchup in 2011 needed an overtime period thanks to six points from Cowboy freshman Cezar Guerrero inside the final 18 seconds of regulation forced the extra session.
►Against Conference USA
This will be the third straight C-USA opponent for the Cowboys, and OSU is the second straight Big 12 opponent for UTSA after taking on Oklahoma on Nov. 12. Oklahoma State is 42-9 (.824 percent) all-time against current members of C-USA, but fell to Western Kentucky to end last season and Charlotte to begin this year. The Cowboys are 15-1 against North Texas and 8-2 against Rice, which are OSU's most frequent C-USA opponents.
►The Man in Charge - Steve Henson
Steve Henson is in his third season in charge at UTSA, and is coming off a banner season. The former Oklahoma assistant led the Roadrunners to 20 wins and a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament quarterfinals. For his part, Henson was named the 2017-18 Conference USA Gene Bartow Coach of the Year and the NABC District 11 Coach of the Year.