OU faces tough test vs No. 18 Kansas State

March 08, 2019 - 9:09 am

Oklahoma (19-11, 7-10) vs. No. 18 Kansas State (23-7, 13-4)

Fred Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 18 Kansas State presents a tough challenge for Oklahoma. Oklahoma has won two of its seven games against ranked teams this season. Kansas State is coming off a 64-52 win at TCU on Monday.

SAVVY SENIORS: Kansas State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Barry Brown Jr., Dean Wade, Kamau Stokes and Makol Mawien have combined to account for 64 percent of the team's scoring this year and 73 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.

JUMPING FOR JAMES: Christian James has connected on 33.7 percent of the 178 3-pointers he's attempted and has made 12 of 30 over his last five games. He's also converted 76.2 percent of his free throws this season.

WINLESS WHEN: Oklahoma is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 19-3 when scoring at least 63.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Wildcats have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Sooners. Kansas State has 36 assists on 62 field goals (58.1 percent) over its past three outings while Oklahoma has assists on 39 of 81 field goals (48.1 percent) during its past three games.

STINGY STATE: Kansas State has held opposing teams to 59.3 points per game this season, the fourth-lowest figure among all Division I teams.

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