It’s been an odd first year for Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton, who leads a team that seemingly plays better away from Gallagher-Iba Arena than they do at home.
Gallagher-Iba Arena was of the most revered college basketball venues in the country at one point. But the “mystique” is gone, says The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel.
Gallagher-Iba in the salad days was as good of a homecourt advantage as college basketball had. Those days are long gone, of course, but the Cowboys still played much better at home than on the road, until last season.
Oklahoma State’s Big 12 home losses this season inlcude: Baylor by double digits, TCU by double digits, Kansas State by double digits and West Virginia by six points.
The Cowboys Big 12 road wins, on the other hand, include an 84-79 win over Kansas and 88-85 win over West Virginia.
That may seem backwards, but that’s the reality Oklahoma State is facing this season.
The Cowboys likely would be an NCAA Tournament lock if they were able to flip most of their head-scratching home losses. Although, they have knocked off Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa State from the confines of Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Oklahoma State is back on the road on Saturday when it faces TCU for the second time this season. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
The mystique of Gallagher-Iba Arena might be gone, but maybe the Pokes’ road magic will continue.
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