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Cowboy basketball: OSU heads to Austin for rematch with Texas

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Avery Anderson

Avery Anderson won Big 12 player of the week after averaging 14 against Oklahoma and Iowa State.

OSU is set to face No. 10 Texas, this time in Austin, the Cowboys' second game in a row against a top 12-ranked opponent.

The Cowboys enter Tuesday's game coming off consecutive home wins against Oklahoma and No. 12 Iowa State, thanks to guard Avery Anderson, who won Big 12 Player of the week after averaging 16 points per game and five assists per game on the week.

Anderson is in the midst of a three-game stretch averaging 14.3 points per game and 4.3 assists per game, and his recent scoring boost will be needed as OSU guard Bryce Thompson's status is uncertain after he exited Saturday's win with an ankle injury.

Kalib Boone continues to produce as the team's primary big man, with OSU center Moussa Cisse playing limited minutes due to an ankle injury. Boone is averaging 15 points per game in his last five contests and has scored in double figures five times in the past six games. The fourth-year senior gave Texas plenty of problems in their previous matchup, posting 16 points and 10 rebounds on 68% shooting.

Texas is coming off an eight-point road win over West Virginia with a 23-point outing from their leading scorer, Marcus Carr. The Longhorns are also 4-1 in their last five games including a win over No. 11 TCU.

Carr is up to 17.4 points per game on the year, ranking fourth best in the conference, and has scored 20 or more points in two of the last three games while shooting 46% from the field. As Carr continues his prolific scoring season, Texas is getting plenty of production elsewhere, too, with Tyrese Hunter, Timmy Allen and Sir'Jabari Rice all averaging ten-plus points per game.

In their last matchup on Jan. 7, both teams shot less than 32% from the field, OSU held Texas to 56 points and the Longhorns limited OSU to 46 points, season lows for both teams. Lead guards for both teams struggled as well. Anderson, Thompson, and John-Michael Wright shot a combined 5-23 from the field while Carr and Hunter were a combined 5-19.

The Longhorns are 11-1 at home while the Cowboys have yet to win a conference road game, but with each squad’s offense clicking, Tuesday’s contest might not be decided until the clock hits zero. Just like virtually every conference game.