Texas A&M-Oklahoma St. Preview
Texas A&M has gotten back on track at the expense of the
lesser teams in the Big 12, but a win in Stillwater is far from a
Facing a fourth straight team with a losing record in conference
play, the 21st-ranked Aggies try to complete a sweep of Oklahoma
State and notch only their third win at Gallagher-Iba Arena on
After losing four of five, Texas A&M (20-5, 7-4) has
rebounded with three straight victories. The Aggies are coming off
a 71-66 win over league-worst Iowa State on Wednesday.
Texas A&M had a 10-point lead cut to one in the second half,
but Khris Middleton hit three foul shots in the final minute to
seal the win and finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and five
While Texas A&M’s last three opponents are a combined 9-24
in Big 12 play, the Aggies have only beaten those teams by a
combined 11 points. They have split eight games since a 16-1
“We’re not playing with the type of toughness we want to be
successful, but it’s a good win for us, especially this type of
year,” coach Mark Turgeon said Wednesday.
Facing lesser competition, Texas A&M’s offense has improved
after stumbling. After being held below 50 points in two of the
previous three losses, the Aggies have reached 70 in all three
Nathan Walkup has provided help for Middleton, Texas A&M’s
leading scorer. Walkup scored 19 points Wednesday and is averaging
16.0 while shooting 65.6 percent the last three games. Before the
winning streak, he was averaging 9.5 points and shooting 48.3
The Aggies will likely need the senior forward’s help again at
Gallagher-Iba Arena, where they’ve lost two in a row and are 2-13
Texas A&M did beat Oklahoma State (16-9, 4-7) 71-48 on Jan.
12. Walkup had 16 points in that victory in which the Aggies
outscored the Cowboys 36-19 in the second half. However, Oklahoma
State has been a different team at home, going 2-1 against ranked
opponents and 11-1 overall.
The Cowboys are returning home after two straight road losses.
They suffered a 73-55 defeat at No. 3 Texas on Wednesday.
Oklahoma State never led, shooting 37.5 percent and committing
17 turnovers. Markel Brown led with 14 points but Keiton Page was
held to seven – nearly half his season average.
“I thought in the first half, we just dug ourselves a hole and I
thought we were fortunate to only be down by 11,” coach Travis Ford
said. “You just can’t go on the road and shoot our percentage and
have 17 turnovers.”
Oklahoma State struggled to score during its road trip,
averaging 54.5 points while shooting 36.8 percent. At home, it’s
averaging 76.3 points and posted wins over previously ranked foes
Kansas State and Missouri.
However, this will be the first home game without starting
forward Darrell Williams, who was suspended indefinitely in the
wake of four felony charges.