The last time these two programs met, the Oklahoma Sooners found themselves with a 62-56 lead with just over five minutes to play. Unfortunately, Lon Kruger couldn't script the final minutes as the Kansas St. Wildcats outscored their opponent in Manhattan to the tune of 16-4 to steal victory from the hands of defeat.
In the outing, the Wildcats connected on an unusually high number of three-pointers after shooting just 29.6% on the season. Knocking down 11-for-21, Bruce Weber's offensive scheme clicked. However, it was the defense of K-State that was on full display holding Oklahoma to 33.3% shooting, still a season low.
If the Sooners hope to come out of this match-up with a win, getting Cameron Clark going early will be key. Throughout the non-conference play, Clark proved to be the catalyst offensively. Since that point, his production has suffered severely.
Of course, Ryan Spangler attempted to pick up the slack behind a career mark of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Assuming this home-grown talent can continue his consistency, the outside shooters should get open looks. Needless to say, Oklahoma has been shooting lights out from range at home. Hopefully the trend continues as OU separates themselves from their opponent.
From a defensive standpoint, keying in on Marcus Foster is vital. As his confidence grows, so do his abilities on the hardwood as he is averaging 21.6 points per game over the last five outings. Some things are easier said than done...this is one of those moments as Foster could easily become the best player in the Big XII during his tenure.
Adding to the drama, Shane Southwell suffered an ankle injury forcing him to sit out for two games. Will he play against Oklahoma on Saturday at 3 PM and if so, will he be at 100%? Tune into the Big 12 Network to find out!