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Preview: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State

The 0-6 Cowboys limp into College Station for the SEC/Big XII Challenge (Saturday at 3:00pm; ESPNU)

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NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 3:00pm

Place: Reed Arena


Advanced Metrics via KenPom: Texas A&M has a 43% chance to win

Results of Note

The Cowboys put a strong non-conference slate together, beating Houston on the road and grabbing neutral site wins against Yale, Syracuse, and Ole Miss... but then Big XII play started, where the Cowboys are 0-6 with an average margin of defeat of 14.5 points.

This is a classic case of two teams moving in completely opposite directions.

Things to Watch

The Cowboys employ a similar defensive philosophy, forcing teams to take 45.6% of their overall field goal attempts from beyond the arc. That’s the highest mark in the Big XII and the eleventh highest mark in the country. It may be especially tough for us to work the ball inside, but we’ll need to force the issue because... well, you’ve seen us shoot.

Defensively, we should be in pretty good shape. Oklahoma State’s shooting numbers are pretty bad, and they aren’t particularly strong on the offensive glass.

I won’t project a winner, but I will project this: Bet the under.

Overall Thoughts

The Big XII is much stronger than the SEC this season, so Oklahoma State will (perhaps correctly) see this as an excellent chance to stop their slide. This projects as our second or third easiest game remaining on the schedule, so we’ll likely bring a similar energy.

I think we’ll see a game high on effort and... “less than high” on offensive execution.

BTHO Oklahoma State

Ticket Information

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