The strength of this Oklahoma Sooners squad will meet its match tonight as Lon Kruger and Co. travel to Manhattan, KS to take on the Kansas St. Wildcats. Through the first three games of conference play, OU has faced high scoring opponents. Able to keep pace with a league leading 87 points per game, the Sooners have pushed every team they have face this season. However, K-State brings the Big XII's leading defense to the table by allowing a mere 59.8 points per game, a good thing as they only score 67.2 per contest. Something will have to give as the two teams collide on the hardwood.
Leading the way for Bruce Weber's Wildcats is a newcomer in freshman Marcus Foster. This 6-2 guard has the potential to score in bunches with his career high already set at 25 this season. Foster can create shots off the bounce and will be a formidable force with a bit more experience under his belt. Currently he is averaging a team high 13.7 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Coach Weber has a tall task himself. Although KSU is in the same boat as the Sooner are in being outsized, he will have to find a way to limit Ryan Spangler. The effort starts with Thomas Gipson who not only rebounds the ball well but puts himself in a position to score. Gipson is the team's second leading scorer with 11.8 points per game. However, he will need to have possibly his biggest night on the boards knowing that all three of Oklahoma's losses have come when they have been out-rebounded.
Shane Southwell is a familiar name in the Big XII as he is a senior. Hailing from Harlem, this 6-7 guard rounds out the trio of consistent scorers for Kansas St. Matching up well against a lethal Cam Clark, Southwell could spur a win for his squad known for its defense. With 10.7 points per game he is no sleeper as the Wildcats will work late into the shot clock.