Kansas State vs. Oklahoma: Full Game Preview
|Kansas State||R McGruder 14.9||T Gipson 5.6||A Rodriguez 5.1|
|Oklahoma||R Osby 14.2||R Osby 6.5||S Grooms 2.6|
On Saturday, Oklahoma welcomes No. 18 Kansas State at Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is at 6:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN 2. The Sooners lost to the Wildcats 69-60 on January 19th and are 3-3 against them over the last four years.
Oklahoma is tied with Kansas State for 2nd in the conference.
In their last game, Steven Pledger put up 20 points and 5 assists in the Sooners 74-71 win over Baylor on January 30th. In addition to his 11.4 points per game, he is also chipping in 3.1 rebounds per game. For the Wildcats, Thomas Gipson put up 17 points and 7 rebounds in the 83-57 blowout of Texas on January 30th. He averages 7.3 points per game in addition to a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game. When considering the Four Factors, Kansas State performs well in offensive rebounding percentage at 39.4. This ranks 1st in the conference and 14th in the country.
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- Oklahoma has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (70.02% to 56.94%).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Oklahoma has had more players drafted by the NBA than Kansas State (4 vs 2).
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Oklahoma has a stronger schedule than Kansas State this season (SOS Rank: #13 vs #64).
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Oklahoma has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Kansas State (8 vs 3).
- Oklahoma players are more experienced than Kansas State players (15,601 minutes played vs 13,888 minutes played).
- Buddy Hield is ranked 9th in the Big 12 in steals.
- Steven Pledger is ranked 5th in the Big 12 in three-pointers.
- Oklahoma is better under pressure, and has defeated Kansas State in 5 out of the last 7 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- At least you keep showing up. Oklahoma has an average margin of victory of 9 over Kansas State in 34 wins since 1980.
- The Oklahoma rebounding leader (Romero Osby) has more rebounds than the Kansas State rebounding leader (Thomas Gipson).
- Diaper Dandies love us. Oklahoma has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Kansas State (7 vs 4).