- The 2021-22 Cowboys will attack the season with a 17-man roster, including five newcomers and four returning starters from last year's squad.
- Speaking of new - Oklahoma State welcomes three new assistant coaches (Terrence Rencher, Larry Blunt and David Cason) and a new strength coach (Mark Mitchell).
- The Cowboys return four starters from last season’s squad that returned OSU to the postseason and have added four key transfers with ambitions of pushing past the NCAA Round of 32. Setting its sights on a deep run in March, Oklahoma State returns 73 percent of its points from a year ago, 94 percent of its offensive rebounds and 74 percent of its assists.
- Oklahoma State is set to compete in 17 games against 2021 NCAA Tournament foes.
Facing No. 14 Texas - Here's The Scout
- Oklahoma State is set to continue Big 12 play with its second contest of back-to-back home games against ranked foes that started with No. 6 Kansas on Tuesday night and concludes Saturday against No. 14 Texas at 1 p.m. on CBS. Brad Nessler and Bill Raftery will be on the call.
- OSU won the last game in the series, in Stillwater, with a double-overtime thriller that saw the Cowboys take down the Longhorns, 75-67. It was the first double-overtime game for OSU since a triple-overtime loss to Iowa State on Feb. 3, 2014 and its first double-OT win since defeating SMU 68-58 on Dec. 28, 2011.
- Texas comes into the game winners of its past six games.
- The Longhorns are under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Beard. In 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Beard has compiled a 252-103 (.710) overall record and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments.
Through 12 - Where We're At And Where We're Going
- Oklahoma State moved to 7-5 with its loss to No. 6 Kansas earlier in the week in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
- In those seven wins, OSU has dominated on the defensive side. It has held its foes to 38.1 percent from the field while forcing 20.4 turnovers per game. Along with the turnovers, it has recorded 7.9 blocks per game in the victories, as well as 12.0 steals.
- For comparison, in the five losses teams are shooting 41.7 percent and turning the ball over 17.2 times per game while OSU has recorded 4.0 blocks per contest.
- It's been Bryce Williams, Avery Anderson III and Kalib Boone leading the charge in the seven wins as the trio has averaged 13.2, 12.0 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. On the boards it has been Moussa Cisse, as he's averaged 5.9 rebounds in those contests.
Tough Stretch - But We Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
- According to Kenpom's rankings, OSU has faced the No. 55 (Wichita State), No. 30 (Xavier), No. 157 (Cleveland State), No. 5 (Houston) and No. 4 (Kansas) teams in the country in its past five games with No. 14 (Texas) upcoming. When you stretch it out to the next four games, that adds No. 40 West Virginia, No. 20 Texas Tech and No. 1 Baylor all on the road in the same week.
Defense First - Because It Wins Games
- Oklahoma State has allowed just five of its 12 foes to score more than 70 points in a game and has delivered the 20th-best adjusted defensive efficiency, according to Kenpom.
- A big point of that has been turnovers. OSU has forced a turnover on 25.7 percent of defensive possessions, which comes in at 10th-best in the country. If teams haven't turned the ball over first, they're also getting blocked on 17.3 percent of their possessions, the sixth-most in the country.
- But don't expect things to get any easier without a turnover or blocked shot. OSU hasn't given up many easy looks inside the three-point line, leading to teams shooting 43.2 percent from inside the arc, the 16th-lowest percentage in the country according to Kenpom.
The New Sheriffs In Town
- 2021 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and former five-star big man Moussa Cisse certainly stands out in this year’s group of newcomers. Listed at 7-0 and a springy 225 pounds, Cisse started every game for Memphis as a freshman in 2020-21 and helped lead the Tigers to the NIT Title.
- Joining Cisse is 2020 McDonald’s All-American and former Kansas standout Bryce Thompson. A unanimous five-star talent, he finished his time at Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School as the nation’s No. 19 recruit according to Rivals. He comes to Stillwater as the seventh-highest rated Cowboy signee in the recruiting rankings era (since 2003).
- Former Texas Tech Red Raider and four-star recruit Tyreek Smith will be complementing the duo. The 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Conference selection was the 2018 TAAPS 5A Player of the Year for Trinity Christian High School in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, where he averaged 17.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a senior.
- Rounding out the highly-anticipated class is Woody Newton. A former Rivals four-star recruit out of District Heights, Maryland, Newton is coming off a freshman campaign at Syracuse in which he posted a 46.4 shooting percentage, 38.9 percent clip from 3-point and averages of 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Single Game Records Taken Down And Top Performances So Far
- The Cowboys 43-point victory on opening night against UT-Arlington was the largest since the 51-point victory vs. Southeastern Louisiana on 12/29/19.
- The Cowboys were able to finish the first half with a 43-14 lead in that game. The 29-point lead matches the 12th largest halftime lead in school history and the largest since 2016.
- Oklahoma State logged 11 steals in the first half against Prairie View A&M on 11/14, which tied for the third most in a half in school history and was the most since 11/23/16 vs. Georgetown.
- Oklahoma State had six total players score in the double-digits against Charleston on 11/22, which marked the first time this season and the first time since Iowa State in January of 2020.
- The Cowboy centers made their impact known in that game on the defensive end as Moussa Cisse recorded a career high in blocks with six and Kalib Boone recorded five of his own. The team as whole totaled 16 blocks, which is the most in all of college basketball this year and tied the school record set in 1989 vs. Oklahoma.
- Bryce Williams recorded a career-high in points with his 29 and a career high in three-pointers made with five in the win over Cleveland State on 12/13. Avery Anderson III also posted 29. This marked the first time OSU had two 20-point scorers since Anderson and Cade Cunningham did it against Baylor in the Big 12 tournament last season on March 12, 2021.
- Oklahoma State was a perfect 4-0 in overtime games last year, started 2-0 this year after the win over Cleveland State and has won nine of its last 10 OT games dating back to 2016.
- Last year's mark tied for the most overtime games in a season in program history, and the perfect 4-0 record in extra sessions equaled the marks set by the 2006-07, 1982-83 and 1964-65 squads.
- Mike Boynton and the Cowboys are 8-1 in OT games during his career.
An Oklahoma State win would...
- Give Mike Boynton his 18th win over a ranked foe.
- Be Oklahoma State's first win over a ranked team this season.
- Be the Cowboys' third in the last five games played in the Texas series.
- Be OSU's fifth in the last six games in Stillwater in the series.
- Give OSU its first win over a ranked foe (regular season) since taking down No. 6 West Virginia on the road last season, 85-80, in Morgantown.
Streaks and Trends
• OSU has forced at least 10 turnovers 142 times under Mike Boynton.
• OSU has made at least one three-pointer in 709 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 13, 2001, which is the 24th longest current streak in college basketball.
• The 46-45 halftime lead over Cleveland State marked the eighth time in the 12 games that OSU secured the lead after the first half of play.
• The overtime victory also made Mike Boynton 8-1 in overtime games. It also marked the longest overtime win streak in school history with six-straight wins when extra time is necessary.
• Head Coach Mike Boynton went with his fifth different starting lineup of the season in the Big 12 opener against No. 6 Kansas as he started Isaac Likekele, Avery Anderson III, Bryce Williams, Matthew-Alexander Mocrieffe, and Kalib Boone.