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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball vs. Kansas State: Preview, thread and how to watch

Oklahoma opens Big 12 Conference play against Lon Kruger’s alma mater.

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Following a 9-3 run through non-conference play, the Oklahoma Sooners host head coach Lon Kruger’s alma mater — the Kansas State Wildcats.

Oklahoma Sooners (9-3) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (7-5): 12 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center

TV/Live Stream: ESPN+ (This requires a prescription, which can be purchased here for $4.99/mo.)

Commentary: Clay Matvick and Bryndon Manzer

Radio: Sooner Radio Network (107.7 FM The Franchise in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Tune In Radio App) with Toby Rowland and Kevin Henry announcing

Line: Oklahoma -7 (as of 10:00 a.m. CT)

About Kansas State

  • The Wildcats have dropped games to Pittsburgh, Bradley, Marquette, Mississippi State and Saint Louis, with the Bradley defeat being the only one coming by a margin over six points (73-60). Based on KenPom’s ratings, K-State’s best win came in its most recent game against Tulsa, who sits at No. 103 nationally.
  • Kansas State is No. 88 in KenPom’s ratings, sitting at No. 193 offensively and No. 38 defensively. The Wilcats are also No. 222 in adjusted tempo, which is par for the course for a Bruce Weber-coached team.
  • K-State is led in scoring by 6’5” senior Xavier Sneed, who is averaging 14.4 PPG. He’s followed by 6’4” junior Carter Diarra at 12.8 PPG.
  • Weber is in his eighth season in Manhattan and has amassed a 69-57 (.548) record in Big 12 play during his tenure.

Two Things:

  • Lon Kruger is 6-10 against his alma mater while coaching the Sooners, but five of those wins have come in Norman.
  • Kur Kuath, who started in place of Kristian Doolittle in Oklahoma’s win over UTRGV, will be facing off against his cousin — forward Makol Mawien. The families of Kuath and Mawein fled South Sudan for Egypt when the former was very young and prior to the latter’s birth. Both families then moved to Utah shortly thereafter. The 6’9” senior Mawien is averaging 7.8 PPG and leads K-State with 5.3 RPG.

Prediction

Oklahoma 68, Kansas State 64