Cowboys clash with Horned Frogs in Big 12 action

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Stillwater, OK ( - The ninth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys return to the friendly confines of Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday evening for a Big 12 matchup with the TCU Horned Frogs.

After dropping their Big 12 opener to Kansas State, Travis Ford's Cowboys have righted the ship, topping Texas (87-74) and most recently, West Virginia (73-72). With the win in Morgantown last weekend, OSU moved to 14-2 overall and marked the seventh win in the last eight games.

Trent Johnson's Horned Frogs are 9-6 this season, but they haven't been able to add to their win total in conference play, with three straight losses to West Virginia, Kansas State and last weekend's 88-62 rout at the hands of the Baylor Bears.

Oklahoma State has won 19 of the 21 all-time meetings with TCU and is currently riding an eight-game win streak against the Horned Frogs, who haven't recorded a win in this series since 1986.

Freshman Brandon Parrish led the team with 16 points, but the Horned Frogs were no match for the Bears in Waco on Saturday, dropping a 26-point decision. Kyan Anderson and Jarvis Ray finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. TCU was dominated on the glass, getting outrebounded 54-25. Baylor also distanced itself from TCU at the free-throw line, as the hometown Bears went a perfect 21-of-21 from the charity stripe, compared to a 9-of-20 effort for the Horned Frogs.

TCU won't win many shootouts, as the team posts just modest numbers on the offensive end of the floor this season. The Horned Frogs are averaging just 68.1 ppg on .433 shooting. Despite the average numbers, there is some scoring depth with four of the five starters in double figures. Anderson leads the way with 15.6 ppg. Amric Fields is a close second with 13.9 ppg, while Parrish (11.1 ppg) and Ray (10.7 ppg) round out the top scoring threats.

The Cowboys have had no problem with filling up the basket. Oklahoma State is shooting at a near 50-percent clip (.491) and rolling up 85.0 ppg. The success has carried over to the defensive end as well, where foes are being held to just 65.5 ppg. Opponents are converting under 40 percent from the floor (.381), including under 30 percent from behind the arc (.294). All-American Marcus Smart is the straw that stirs the drink in Stillwater. Smart is the team's top scorer (17.8 ppg) and distributor (4.1 apg), as well as pacing OSU in steals (41). Backcourt mate Markel Brown (16.8 ppg) can score at a high rate as well. Le'Bryan Nash (13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg) headlines the play up front, while Phil Forte (12.3 ppg) provides a spark off the bench.

Oklahoma State was taken to the limit by the Mountaineers, but was able to escape Morgantown with a one-point victory. Smart was the driving force once again, as he posted a double-double with game-highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Nash poured in 18 points, while Brown added 12 points and seven rebounds to the mix.

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