Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: Strong Guard Play Will Lead Cowboys Past Jayhawks.

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Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: Strong Guard Play Will Lead Cowboys Past Jayhawks.
Oklahoma State freshman guard Marcus Smart. Peter Casey/USA TODAY Sports

It was Oklahoma State that ruined Kansas' 33 home game winning streak on February 2. 

The loss Kansas suffered to the Cowboys that Saturday ended up being worse than they thought. The Jayhawks would go on to lose their next two games at TCU, which so far is the biggest upset this season, and at Oklahoma. 

Since then, though, the Jayhawks have bounced back by blowing out Kansas State, 83-62, and Texas, 73-47, at home. 

Now they must try to keep the streak alive as they travel to a hostile Gallagher-Iba Arena to get revenge and take control of the Big 12. 

The Cowboys may have other plans in store, though, as they try to extend their seven-game winning streak. 

Can Oklahoma State sweep Kansas this season and knock them out of the Big 12 regular-season title race? 

If there is a team in the Big 12 that is going to do it, it is going to be Oklahoma State.

They have become one of the hottest teams in the country and have found themselves in the hunt to win the Big 12 Conference. 

The strong guard play from freshman sensation Marcus Smart and junior Markel Brown has been the key component to the Cowboys' recent success. These two players along with sixth man freshman Phil Forte are going to need to be at their best Wednesday night if they expect to knock off Kansas for the second time this season.

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Marcus Smart has to be in the top five when you think about who the best freshman is this year in college basketball. He can do it all. 

Smart is averaging 15.0 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game and 2.9 steals per game this season. 

He can take over a game and has the ability to be at his best when the game is on the line, as he did at Kansas in early February.

Markel Brown leads the Cowboys in points per game this season with 15.8 and can be counted on to make shots down the stretch of a game. 

Brown made a big impact at Kansas in early February by dropping an impressive 28 points on the Jayhawks.

Phil Forte is not as lethal as Smart or Brown, but he still manages to score at least 11.3 points per game off the bench. Forte is a smart player on the perimeter and has been the most consistent free-throw shooter on the team this season. 

He’s shooting 88.3 percent from the charity stripe, and he hit key free throws in the last minute at Kansas that helped them win the game.

It is going to be a battle until the very end in this game, but if Smart, Brown and Forte all make key plays late in the second half, they have a good shot at knocking off the Jayhawks again. 

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