Tonight former Big 12 standout Oklahoma State takes on Texas in Austin in what is a must win game for the OSU Cowboys. According to a Feb. 11 Pregame report, this game will air on live TV and via NCAA live stream video. The Texas Longhorns would love to pile onto the Poke's current losing streak. They may just have a chance with Oklahoma State taking the court without its leader Marcus Smart.
Marcus Smart is currently serving a three-game suspension after shoving Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr in the waning seconds of the Cowboy's game against Texas Tech over the weekend. For his part, Orr will not attend any more Red Raiders game this season. Will OSU be able to stop the downward spiral without Marcus Smart to lead the team? Right now that is unclear. This is the latest in several blows to the Pokes that include injuries and off court arrests of other teammates.
The Longhorns are four point favorites in Oklahoma State vs. Texas tonight. In the best of circumstance a Big 12 road win can be tough down the stretch, and there is no doubt that right now is certainly NOT the best of circumstances for coach Travis Ford and the Cowboys. Oklahoma State hits the floor tonight at 16-7 with Texas at 18-5 overall. Of course, OSU's success came earlier in the season, and the team has almost inexplicably fallen apart during the past couple of weeks as losses began mounting into a Big 12 Conference losing streak for the Pokes.
Tonight, the OSU Cowboys will see how Markel Brown and the rest can handle picking up the slack from Marcus Smart's absence. Who knows? Perhaps it will be a positive thing for the team since recently Smart has proven to be a distraction for the struggling team.
You can catch Oklahoma State vs. Texas on live TV on ESPN 2 starting at 7 p.m. EST. If you are away from your TV, you can also watch the Cowboys vs. the Longhorns on live stream video via Watch ESPN if you have valid login credentials.