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Cowboys honoring Iba, 30 former players returning to Stillwater

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The teams warm up before the Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State men's basketball game on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

The Henry Iba stories could be told for days.

The Munich Olympics. Two national championship runs. More than 30 years doubling as head basketball coach and athletic director. There is even this anecdote about a former player naming his newborn son after Iba.

“I talk about it being coach (Eddie) Sutton’s program, but he is actually the heir to the throne,” coach Mike Boynton said. “It is Iba’s program, there is a reason his name is on the building.”

Iba’s legacy will again be celebrated Saturday, when the Cowboys host No. 14 Texas at Gallagher-Iba Arena Iba, with more than 30 of his former players returning to Stillwater. For Boynton, current Oklahoma State coach, celebrating the history of the program is crucial.

“The blood, sweat and tears they put in to establishing Oklahoma State basketball will be about is something I’m still indebted to,” Boynton said. “I’m glad those guys feel comfortable coming around and wanting to be a part, supporting these guys.”

Boynton said he previously met most of the former players at other OSU events over the past few years, but is eager to once again connect with them.

It is still unknown what former players will be traveling to Stillwater for the recognition. Aptly titled “The Men of Iba”, the celebration of Cowboy basketball’s legacy is something Boynton wants to become a consistent occurrence in Stillwater.

“I think we should try to find out which of our, if any, former players, alumni, coaches and managers that have been here to help build what we believe is a program worthy of national recognition,” Boynton said.

Boynton wasn’t a part of the decision-making process behind the Iba celebration, but said the administration is doing a good job honoring the legacy.

“About everything that happens in this program other than calling timeouts and substitutions, is pretty much somebody else’s idea,” Boynton said.


THE BASICS

No. 14 Texas vs. Oklahoma State

Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena

When: Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

TV: CBS Sports


PROJECTED STARTERS

Oklahoma State (7-5 overall, 0-1 Big 12)

Avery Anderson

Isaac Likekele

Bryce Williams

Kalib Boone

Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe

Texas (12-2, 2-0)

Timmy Allen

Marcus Carr

Tre Mitchell

Courtney Ramey

Andrew Jones


Three things to watch

1. The Cowboys continue to struggle at 3-point shooting, successfully hitting 28% of their attempts this season. They improved in their first conference game this season against Kansas, shooting 43%, success they'll look to carry over against Texas. 

2. Texas forward Timmy Allen currently ranks fourth in the conference in rebounds per game (6.9). Watch for how the Cowboys contain Allen, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound transfer who has excelled at rebounding through 14 games. 

3. The Cowboys have the top two shot blockers in the Big 12, with Moussa Cisse averaging 2.2 blocks per game, and Kalib Boone at 1.8. Watch for how the Cowboys protect the paint against a Longhorn team averaging 72 points per game. 

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