Oklahoma State (17-10) at TCU (9-17)

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GAME NOTES: In their second game since Marcus Smart returned from suspension, the Oklahoma State Cowboys visit the TCU Horned Frogs for a Big 12 Conference clash at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Smart, who was suspended for three games following an altercation with a fan during a 65-61 loss to Texas Tech, came back in a big way on Saturday. He tallied 16 points, 10 assists and six steals in leading the Cowboys to an 84-62 win over the same Texas Tech team he faced two weeks prior. The win ended a miserable stretch for the Cowboys, who had lost seven straight games. They have a tough test next against Kansas.

The entire season has been tough for TCU, which is just 9-17 overall, including a winless mark against the rest of the Big 12 (0-14). The Horned Frogs dropped a 71-60 decision to Iowa State last time out, marking their 14th straight loss. They visit West Virginia in their next outing.

Oklahoma State had no problem against TCU when the two teams met on Jan. 15, rolling to an 82-50 victory. The Cowboys have dominated the all-time series, with 20 wins in 22 total meetings.

Smart was not the only one to play well for Oklahoma State in its win over Texas Tech. The Cowboys sank 56.9 percent of their shots from the floor, with all five starters scoring in double figures. Le'Bryan Nash was the leader with 21 points.

Getting Smart back is obviously a big boost for Oklahoma State. The sophomore guard leads the team in scoring (17.5 ppg), assists (4.5 apg) and steals (2.5 spg), topping the conference in the latter category as well. Markel Brown (17.1 ppg) is another potent scorer on the roster, although he had a meager 11 points to go with five assists against Texas Tech. Nash (14.7 ppg, 6 rpg) and Phil Forte (12.9 ppg) are also reliable, with Forte adding 20 points to the cause against the Red Raiders. In total, the Cowboys are netting 81.3 ppg on 47.1 percent shooting, ranking third in the conference in each category.

TCU hung around in the first half against Iowa State, but could never get past the Cyclones. The Horned Frogs shot 36.7 percent from the field and were outscored, 56-32, in the paint. Kyan Anderson led the way with 18 points, and Karviar Shepherd finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

The Horned Frogs do not have the same type of firepower as Oklahoma State. They are netting just 64.3 ppg on 40.7 percent shooting, ranking last in the Big 12 in each category. They are also the worst rebounding team in the league (30.3 rpg). Anderson (16.9 ppg, 4.7 apg) is one of only two double-digit scorers on the roster, but his partner, Amric Fields (13.1 ppg), was sidelined against Iowa State. Shepherd (8.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg), Brandon Parrish (8.8 ppg) and Jarvis Ray (8.5 ppg) are all decent scorers in their own right, but are not leaned on as much.

With Smart back in the fold the Cowboys are clearly a much better team. They should have no trouble grabbing another win on Monday, especially with Fields' status still up in the air.

GAME NOTES: In their second game since Marcus Smart returned from suspension, the Oklahoma State Cowboys visit the TCU Horned Frogs for a Big 12 Conference clash at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

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