Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State: Full Game Preview
|Kansas State||R McGruder 14.8||R McGruder 5.2||A Rodriguez 5.5|
|Oklahoma State||M Brown 15.6||M Cobbins 6.3||M Smart 4.3|
No. 13 Oklahoma State plays host to No. 9 Kansas State at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday. Tipoff is at 1:30 p.m. EST and you can see it on Big 12 Network. The Cowboys lost to the Wildcats 73-67 on Jan. 5 and are 3-4 against them over the last four years.
Oklahoma State is in third place in the conference and will be trying to close the gap with first-place Kansas State.
In spite of 24 points and eight rebounds from Marcus Smart, the Cowboys came up short 87-76 against Iowa State on Mar. 6. With 4.3 assists per game and 3.0 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Wildcats, Angel Rodriguez finished with 21 points and 10 assists in the 79-68 win over TCU on Mar. 5. With 5.5 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. Kansas State ranks first in their conference in offensive rebounding percentage at 39.2, which also places them 11th in the country.
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- Oklahoma State has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Kansas State (one vs. zero).
- Michael Cobbins is ranked 7th in the Big 12 in blocks.
- The Oklahoma State three-point leader (Phil Forte, 63 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Kansas State three-point leader (Angel Rodriguez, 46 three-pointers).
- Oklahoma State has an average margin of victory of 12 over Kansas State in 36 wins since 1980.
- Markel Brown is ranked 3rd in the Big 12 in points and 10th in the Big 12 in three-pointers.
- Oklahoma State has come back to win after being down at half against Kansas State five times since 1997.
- Oklahoma State has a stronger schedule than Kansas State this season (SOS Rank: No. 60 vs. No. 79).
- Oklahoma State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (66.8 percent to 57.3 percent).
- Oklahoma State is better under pressure, and has defeated Kansas State in six out of the last six games decided by five points or fewer.
- Marcus Smart is ranked 7th in the Big 12 in points, 6th in the Big 12 in assists, and 3rd nationally in steals.
- The Oklahoma State steals leader (Marcus Smart, 87 steals) has more steals than the Kansas State steals leader (Angel Rodriguez, 42 steals).