Oklahoma State will look to continue its recent resurgence when it travels to No. 14 West Virginia on Tuesday night. The Cowboys improved to 13-12 on the season with an upset win against No. 24 Texas Tech on Saturday. West Virginia is riding a three-game losing skid, but the Mountaineers beat the Cowboys in their first meeting of the season.
Cowboys getting hotOklahoma State had yet to win a Big 12 game two weeks ago. Now, the Cowboys have rattled off wins in three of their last four games. The lone loss was also a solid performance, as they fell by eight points on the road against No. 1 Baylor. Their three wins in the recent stretch have come against TCU, Kansas State and No. 24 Texas Tech. Saturday’s win against the Red Raiders marked the first victory over a ranked team this season. Oklahoma State lost its first eight conference games of the year before this recent positive stretch.
Sophomore guard Isaac Likekele is tied for the team-high in points per game with 11.4. He is adding 5.1 rebounds per game and is the leading distributor with 4.7 dimes per game. Senior guard Lindy Waters III is also scoring 11.4 points per contest. He is adding 4.5 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. Waters III is one of two threats from the perimeter, making 35 of 105 attempts from deep. Senior forward Cameron McGriff is also in double figures, scoring 10.5 points per outing. He is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.8 boards per contest.
Mountaineers needing bounce backWest Virginia is on a disappointing losing skid and has fallen to fourth place in the Big 12. The Mountaineers have dropped consecutive games to Oklahoma, No. 3 Kansas and No. 1 Baylor. Regardless, they are still sitting at No. 7 in KenPom’s rankings and are in-line for a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. The final score of Saturday’s loss to Baylor is a deceiving one. The Bears led by 19 in the first half and were up 53-25 at one point in the second half. West Virginia used some late scoring to cut the final score down to 70-59.
Freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe is scoring 11.6 points per game to lead the team. He is the leading rebounder as well, pulling down 9.2 boards per game. Sophomore forward Derek Culver is the only other player in double figures, scoring 10.3 points per contest. He is also an excellent rebounder, grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Miles McBride is adding 9.4 points per game off the bench. He is one of the best outside shooters on the team, making 35.0 percent of his 60 attempts from long range. Senior guard Jermaine Haley is scoring 9.1 points per game and is grabbing 4.7 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma State is:
- 4-1 ATS in its last five games
West Virginia is:
- 1-5 ATS in its last six games