The Cowboys (10-9, 2-5) have major work to do if they’re to make any kind of postseason tournament, let alone finish in the top half of the Big 12 conference. That work starts tonight when they host No. 17 Baylor at 8:00 p.m. CT in Gallagher-Iba Arena on the 15th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 10 members of the OSU basketball family. The Cowboys will wear throwback uniforms to 'Remember the Ten.'
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Four of OSU’s five Big 12 losses have come on the road. The Cowboys’ only home loss in conference play was a two-point loss to No. 2 Oklahoma. Freshman point guard Jawun Evans averages 25.6 points per game at home in league play compared to 11.0 on the road.
Jawun Evans earned the Newcomer of the Week award for the third time this season on Monday. He leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring, field goal percentage, assists, free throw percentage, assist/turnover ratio and defensive rebounds. He’s also the third-most accurate three-point shooter in the conference at 48.5 percent from deep (16-of-33 on the year).
Defense Is Key
In Big 12 wins, OSU holds its opponents to 38.2 percent shooting and 31.0 points in the first half. In Big 12 losses, OSU's opponents have shot 50.7 percent from the floor and scored 43.0 points in the first half, and are averaging a 14-point haftime lead. The Cowboys field a solid defensive unit that ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring defense at 66.8 points per game and is holds its opponents to 40.2 percent shooting, which ranks fourth in the league.