OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS BASKETBALL EXPERIENCE:
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Stadium: Gallagher-Iba Arena
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Rivals: Oklahoma Sooners
Mascot: Pistol Pete
The Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cowboys basketball program is always one of the toughest in the Big 12 conference. With 2 back-to-back NCAA National Championships, multiple conference championships and trips to the Final Four, the Cowboys are always a force to be reckoned with. A home game at the newly expanded Gallagher-Iba Arena also known as “the Madison Square Garden of the Plains” is both rich in history and modern amenities. You'll see the crowd go wild for the “Spirit Run”, where a giant Oklahoma State flag is run all the way around the upper level of the arena while the “William Tell Overture” is played. Don't miss this unique college basketball experience!
Oklahoma State Cowboys first fielded a basketball team in the 1907-1908 season. The team's first success came in the ‘30s and ‘40s when coach Henry Iba led the Oklahoma State Cowboys to be the first team in history to win back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1945 and 1946. Iba coached 36 years, winning 655 games and establishing a reputation for defensive-minded basketball. Oklahoma State would see success again under Eddie Sutton, who took over the coaching job in 1990. Sutton had coached under Iba, and he led the team to 2 NCAA Final Four appearances in 1995 and 2004. Sutton's tenure as coach took a major blow in 2001 when a plane carrying some of the Oklahoma State Cowboys team along with the director of basketball operations, athletic trainers and other members of the organization crashed on the way home from a loss at Colorado. The Oklahoma State Cowboys would use their grief to rally the team and managed still to make a competitive run in the Big 12.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys play their home games as Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The arena holds over 13,000, and is famously so loud that 8,300 students once managed to bust many of the arena lights with the volume of their cheering. The court is the oldest basketball court still in use. Watching a home game at “the Gallagher House of Horrors” is an experience you'll never forget. Buy Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball tickets and be a part of a long-standing college basketball tradition!
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GIA the greatest arena in the land! Some of my fondest memories were made at Cowboy basketball games inside Gallagher Iba Arena. When the place is rockin' it is magical. Seeing a big time game at GIA should be on every fans bucket list! October 25, 2011