If Oklahoma State hopes to finally break into the win column on the road Wednesday, the team will have to figure out a way to do it against its biggest rival.
The 17th-ranked Cowboys look to bounce back from a disappointing loss and end their futility away from Stillwater when they visit Oklahoma.Oklahoma State (18-4, 4-3 Big 12) lost 89-77 at Colorado on Saturday, falling to 0-3 on the road this season. Dating to the 2005-06 season, the Cowboys have dropped seven straight road games -- six of them against Big 12 opponents.The Cowboys could have a tough time ending that streak at Norman, where they have dropped five of their last six. Oklahoma State, which is playing back-to-back road games for the first time this season, is 3-3 in its last six games after starting the season 15-1."We don't seem to handle success very well," coach Sean Sutton said. "They haven't proved they can win on the road. It's not like they weren't warned, that this is a must win if they wanted any chance to win the Big 12."Junior guard JamesOn Curry, the Cowboys' second-leading scorer with 18.6 points per game, had a team-high 20 points against the Buffaloes despite battling an illness."There is no excuse how we played," said Curry, who has scored in double figures in every game this season. "We definitely came into this game and took it lightly. This loss is very disappointing to us. We keep trying to keep a good mindset."Mario Boggan, whose 20.6 points per game lead Oklahoma State, added 17. The Cowboys rank second in the Big 12 with 80.6 points per game, but have averaged only 63.5 in their last four contests.They'll be looking for a better offensive performance against an Oklahoma defense that ranks second in the conference with an average of just 57.3 points allowed. The Sooners (13-8, 4-4) have won their last two games, including a 75-61 victory over coach Bobby Knight and Texas Tech on Saturday.Nate Carter had 24 points and center Longar Longar, who averages a team-best 11.7 points per game, had 19 points and 14 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and first since he was suspended for two games after elbowing Texas Tech's Esmir Rizvic last month."This was a big win for our basketball team for a lot of reasons," Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said. "I know Longar, a lot's been made about what happened the last time we played them. First and foremost, that was no motivation for us. We didn't come out saying we wanted to do it just because of that."The Sooners have dropped all five of their games this season against ranked teams, each of which has come away from their home court. They are 11-1 at home this season.