PFB - Hoops Preview: Cowboys Travel to Wounded West Virginia

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Feb 17, 2018
STILLWATER — When Oklahoma State travels to Morgantown on Saturday, it will be a battle of teams fighting to not be last in the conference.

The Mountaineers have been without star player Sagaba Konate for the past six games with a knee injury. West Virginia is 2-4 over that stretch. In Konate’s place, freshman Derek Culver has stepped in and averaged 12.2 points a game in his first five games of collegiate basketball.

West Virginia might not be the best matchup for the Cowboys. The Mountaineers are the tallest team in the Big 12 and are second in the conference in rebounding. OSU has some size, but much of it is inexperienced. The Cowboys have also struggled on the glass at times this season, like against Oklahoma where the Pokes where minus-12 on rebounds. Here are things to know entering Saturday’s game:

Viewing Info

Time: 11 a.m. Saturday
Location: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia

Projected Lineups

Oklahoma State Class PPG RPG APG BPG SPG
Isaac Likekele Freshman 7.1 4.3 3.1 0.4 1.3
Thomas Dziagwa Junior 10.7 2.9 1.7 0 0.7
Lindy Waters Junior 11.9 5.1 2.9 0.1 1.4
Cameron McGriff Junior 13 8 1.8 1.1 1.1
Yor Anei Freshman 6.4 3.9 0.4 2 0.2

West Virginia Class PPG RPG APG BPG SPG
James Bolden Junior 10.5 3 2.8 0.2 1
Jermaine Haley Junior 3.3 2.9 1.3 0 0.7
Wesley Harris Junior 8.2 5.1 1.1 0.5 0.6
Esa Ahmad Senior 13.1 5.6 1.8 0.7 0.9
Logan Routt Junior 2.9 2.7 0.1 0.4 0.3
Last Five

Oklahoma State

Opponent Result Score
vs. Central Arkansas W 82-73
vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi W 69-59
vs. Iowa State L 69-63
at Oklahoma L 74-64
vs. Texas W 61-58

West Virginia

Opponent Result Score
vs. Jacksonville State W 74-72
vs. Lehigh W 78-68
vs. Texas Tech L 62-59
at Texas L 61-54
at Kansas State L 71-69
Team Stats

Oklahoma State Texas
Points Per Game 69.5 75.6
Points Allowed Per Game 68.9 71.5
Field-Goal Percentage 43.3 42.5
Rebounds Per Game 36.4 41.3
Assists Per Game 13.6 13.6
Big 12 Standings

Team Conference Record Overall Record
Texas Tech 3-0 14-1
Kansas 2-1 13-2
Iowa State 2-1 12-3
Texas 2-1 10-5
TCU 1-1 12-2
Baylor 1-1 9-5
Oklahoma 1-2 12-3
Kansas State 1-2 11-4
Oklahoma State 1-2 7-8
West Virginia 0-3 8-7
Mike Boynton on West Virginia

“First of all, they’re huge, everywhere. We’ve had some rebound issues, and that’s what they do best. They rebound on the offensive end better than anybody we’ve played so far this year, and it’s an area of concern going into the game because they have a load of guys who can get in there and help them. Their guards are good rebounders. That’s probably the biggest area of concern. Foul trouble is also an area because one kind of leads to the other as we saw down in Norman last week.”

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