Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State: Full Game Preview

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Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State: Full Game Preview
(9) Kansas State
(25-5, 7-4 away)
(13) Oklahoma State
(22-7, 15-2 home)
Venue: Gallagher-Iba Arena
1:30PM ET / 10:30AM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Kansas State StatSmack

  • 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).
K-State Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Rodney McGruder 33 15 5 2 1 0 2
B Angel Rodriguez 27 12 2 5 2 0 2
B- Shane Southwell 25 8 4 3 1 0 1
B- Will Spradling 29 8 3 3 1 0 1
C Thomas Gipson 19 8 5 0 0 0 2
C J. Henriquez 16 5 5 0 0 2 1
C M. Irving 20 5 2 2 1 0 1
C Nino Williams 13 5 3 1 0 0 1
D+ D.J. Johnson 10 2 3 0 0 0 0
D+ Omari Lawrence 9 2 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Adrian Diaz 9 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Shawn Meyer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Michael Orris 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
D- Ryan Schultz 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Marcus Smart 33 15 6 4 3 1 3
B+ Markel Brown 0 16 4 2 1 1 2
B Le`Bryan Nash 32 14 4 2 1 0 3
B Phil Forte 25 11 1 1 1 0 1
B Michael Cobbins 26 7 6 0 0 1 1
C J. Olukemi 20 9 3 1 1 0 2
C Philip Jurick 18 3 6 0 0 1 1
C Kamari Murphy 19 4 4 1 0 1 1
C Brian Williams 16 5 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Marek Soucek 7 2 1 0 1 0 0
D+ Kirby Gardner 10 1 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Christien Sager 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Ford Stuen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Alex Budke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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