Oklahoma vs. Kansas State: Full Game Preview
|Oklahoma||R Osby 13.7||R Osby 6.3||S Grooms 2.6|
|Kansas State||R McGruder 15.3||T Gipson 6.0||A Rodriguez 4.3|
On Saturday, Oklahoma visits Bramlage Coliseum to take on No. 16 Kansas State. It starts at 4:00 EST and you can catch it on Big 12 Network. The Sooners are 3-2 against the Wildcats over the last four years. The last time they met (1/28/2012) they won 63-60.
This game will separate Kansas State and Oklahoma, who currently share 1st place in the Big 12.
In their last game, Romero Osby put up 17 points and 6 rebounds in the Sooners 81-63 romp of Texas Tech on January 16th. He contributes team-best marks with 13.7 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, and 0.8 blocks per game. For the Wildcats, Rodney McGruder put up 21 points and 5 rebounds in the 67-54 win over TCU on January 16th. He leads the team in points with 15.3 per game and steals with 1.2 per game. Kansas State will hope to exploit their strength in offensive rebounding percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 42.2 in this area ranks 1st in the conference and 7th in the country.
Kansas State StatSmack
- Oklahoma is a better free-throw-shooting team (73.2% vs 65.2%) than Kansas State this season.
- Oklahoma players are more experienced than Kansas State players (14,199 minutes played vs 12,488 minutes played).
- Steven Pledger is ranked 4th in the Big 12 in three-pointers.
- Oklahoma is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Oklahoma is 77.5 inches compared to 76.4 inches for Kansas State.
- Oklahoma is better under pressure, and has defeated Kansas State in 5 out of the last 7 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- Oklahoma has more Top 50 Director's Cup finishes than Kansas State (16 vs 1)
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Oklahoma has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Kansas State (8 vs 3).
- Even computers respect Oklahoma more. We have a better RPI this season than Kansas State (RPI: #26 vs #65).
- AP voters think more highly of Oklahoma and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Kansas State (91 vs 48).
- The Oklahoma three-point leader (Steven Pledger) has more three-pointers than the Kansas State three-point leader (Will Spradling).
- Oklahoma has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.700 to 0.568).