Oklahoma State vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview

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Oklahoma State vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview
Oklahoma State
(14-5, 2-4 away)
(2) Kansas
(19-1, 14-1 home)
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Oklahoma State M Brown 14.8 P Jurick 7.2 M Smart 4.6
Kansas B McLemore 16.1 J Withey 8.3 E Johnson 4.8

On Saturday, Oklahoma State visits Allen Fieldhouse to take on No. 2 Kansas. It takes place at 4:00 EST and you can catch it on Big 12 Net, YES, MASN. The Cowboys are 1-5 against the Jayhawks over the last four years. They lost 70-58 the last time they played (2/27/2012).

Oklahoma State is in 5th place in the conference, Kansas is in 1st place.

In their last match-up, Marcus Smart finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds in the Cowboys 78-76 victory over Iowa State on January 30th. On top of his scoring average of 13.6 points per game, he delivers 5.6 rebounds per game. In a 61-56 victory over West Virginia on January 28th, Jeff Withey put up 15 points and 7 rebounds for the Jayhawks. With 8.3 rebounds per game and 4.3 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. A key area of strength for Kansas is effective field goal percentage at 53.5, which ranks 1st in their conference (and 26th nationally).

Kansas StatSmack

  • The Oklahoma State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Kansas (92% vs 80%).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Oklahoma State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (928 to 1000) than Kansas, per the NCAA.
  • Marcus Smart is ranked 10th in the Big 12 in points, 6th in the Big 12 in assists, and 10th nationally in steals.
  • Kansas has to pay up to win. The coach for Oklahoma State has a much lower base salary than Kansas ($1,800,000 vs $3,375,656).
  • At least you keep showing up. Oklahoma State has an average margin of victory of 9 over Kansas in 18 wins since 1980.
  • The Oklahoma State steals leader (Marcus Smart) has more steals than the Kansas steals leader (Travis Releford).
  • Oklahoma State is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Oklahoma State is 216 lbs compared to 205 lbs for Kansas.
  • Phil Forte is ranked 2nd in the Big 12 in three-pointers and 6th in the Big 12 in steals.
  • Philip Jurick is ranked 8th in the Big 12 in rebounds and 8th in the Big 12 in blocks.
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Marcus Smart 32 14 6 5 3 1 3
B+ Markel Brown 34 15 5 2 1 1 2
B Le`Bryan Nash 32 14 4 2 1 0 3
B Phil Forte 27 12 1 1 1 0 1
C+ Michael Cobbins 22 7 5 0 0 1 1
C+ Philip Jurick 20 4 7 0 0 1 1
C J. Olukemi 20 9 3 1 1 0 2
C Kamari Murphy 21 5 4 1 0 1 1
D+ Marek Soucek 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Kirby Gardner 11 2 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Brian Williams 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Ford Stuen 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Christien Sager 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Mason Cox 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Budke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Ben McLemore 31 16 6 2 1 1 2
A Jeff Withey 31 13 8 1 1 4 2
B+ Travis Releford 34 13 4 3 1 0 2
B Elijah Johnson 31 9 3 5 1 0 3
B Kevin Young 22 7 7 1 1 0 1
C+ Perry Ellis 14 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 18 5 1 2 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 11 2 3 0 1 1 1
C- A. White III 6 3 2 0 0 0 1
C- Tyler Self 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
C- Evan Manning 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
C- Niko Roberts 3 1 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ C. Garrett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
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