OSU basketball: Cowboys, Red Raiders are ripe for a victory

At some point, inevitably, Oklahoma State will win a Big 12 road game. At some point this season, history suggest, Texas Tech will win a Big 12 game — somewhere, anywhere. Something has to give Tuesday night.
by John Helsley Published: January 30, 2012

At some point, inevitably, Oklahoma State will win a Big 12 road game. The Cowboys' current conference road skid has reached 14 games, yet can't continue forever… right?

At some point this season, history suggests, Texas Tech will win a Big 12 Conference game – somewhere, anywhere. While the Red Raiders are winless through eight league contests, only two Big 12 teams (Baylor in '98-99 and Texas A&M in '03-04) have ever failed to win a conference game throughout the course of a season.

Some point has arrived, for one or the other.

Fittingly, the two dubious trends collide Tuesday night in Lubbock, where the Cowboys hope to win in an enemy arena for the first time since Feb. 17, 2010, at Iowa State. And Tech hopes to break through for its first Big 12 victory under coach Billy Gillispie.

Tip time is 7 p.m. inside United Spirit Arena.

For both teams, the opportunity seemingly couldn't be greater.

From a Cowboys perspective, they've already beaten Tech once, 67-59, back on Jan. 4 in the league opener at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Since then, the Red Raiders have fallen seven more times, to sit alone in last place in the Big 12 standings at 0-8.

And in four league losses at home, Tech has been no closer than 13 points.

“Yeah, they haven't won a Big 12 game yet,” said OSU guard Markel Brown, “but we've still got to treat it like it's a big game, like it's another Missouri-type game. We've got to go into their house humble and play hard and get a victory.”

From Tech's vantage point, the Red Raiders get a team that hasn't solved the conference road – not this season or last, when OSU went 0-8 on the Big 12 road.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Reporter Sr.
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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