Kansas State seeks revenge on OU
Oklahoma (13-6, 3-3) vs. Kansas State (8-11, 1-5)
Fred Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma goes for the season sweep over Kansas State after winning the previous matchup in Norman. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 4, when the Sooners outshot Kansas State from the field 37.3 percent to 34.9 percent and made 18 more free throws en route to a five-point victory.
VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership could play a big role in this game’s outcome. Cartier Diarra, Xavier Sneed and Makol Mawien have combined to account for 54 percent of Kansas State’s scoring this season. For Oklahoma, Brady Manek, Kristian Doolittle and Austin Reaves have scored 61 percent of the team’s points this season, including 77 percent of all Sooners points over their last five.
BIG 12 BOOST: The Sooners have allowed just 65.7 points per game across six conference games. That’s an improvement from the 69.2 per game they allowed over 13 non-conference games.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Diarra has been directly responsible for 40 percent of all Kansas State field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 30 field goals and 16 assists in those games.
SLIPPING AT 73: Kansas State is 0-5 this year when it allows 73 points or more and 8-6 when holding opponents to fewer than 73.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Sooners have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Wildcats. Kansas State has 44 assists on 78 field goals (56.4 percent) over its past three outings while Oklahoma has assists on 47 of 74 field goals (63.5 percent) during its past three games.
BALL SECURITY: The diligent Oklahoma offense has turned the ball over on 14.5 percent of its possessions, the second-best mark in Division I. 21.8 percent of all Kansas State possessions have resulted in a turnover (the Wildcats are ranked 316th, nationally).