No. 1 seed and No. 2 ranked KU is 29-2 following its 70-66 victory at Missouri on Saturday.
SCOUTING Oklahoma State
The No. 9 seed Cowboys (19-12, 6-10 Big 12) have won three of their
last four games and are coming off a 53-52 victory over Nebraska in the
opening round of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday. Junior guard Keiton Page led OSU with 16 points, while senior forward Marshall Moses added
10 Oklahoma State shot 7-of-15 from three-point range, while
holding NU to 34.5 percent field goal shooting, including just 22.6
percent in the first half.
Moses leads the Cowboys in scoring at 14.5 points per game.
ROUND TWO WITH OSU
Kansas is looking for its second straight win over Oklahoma State this
season after beating the Cowboys, 92-65, in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb.
21. Junior forward Marcus Morris led KU with 27 points, while Moses
also paced OSU with 27. Kansas shot 54.4 percent from the field and
outrebounded OSU 38-25.
The Cowboys have great respect for KU.
"Kansas is probably the best team in America," Moses said. "They're
efficient defensively. Offensively they've got two really good guys
inside (Marcus and Markieff Morris). They've got shooters. A great
point guard. They've got depth on the bench. Basically what I took
(from the game in Lawrence) is that in order to have a chance against
winning, it's going to be a team effort and we all have to be ready to
play and give our best effort for 40 minutes."
GREAT SIXTH MAN
The Jayhawks are looking forward to playing at Sprint Center, just 45
minutes away from their home in Allen Fieldhouse.
"We already got the best fans in the country, so they're all going to
be there," Marcus Morris said. "It's like a sixth man at times. That's
the biggest thing."
KU will be extra juiced heading into the OSU game knowing the stakes
are higher than ever in the postseason.
"The pressure picks up," senior guard Brady Morningstar said. "It's
time to really perform well and do a lot of things and stay focused
because one slip-up, it could be season ending."
MCMORRIS WANTS Texas
Marcus Morris insists the Jayhawks aren't looking past their
opening-round game of the tournament.
"We won't skip over anybody," Morris said. "We're going to take one
game at a time to make sure we get the win."
But when asked Monday if he had a preference between Nebraska or
Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals, Morris said no, yet quickly added
he would love to play Texas in the championship game to get revenge for
KU's earlier loss to UT this season in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 22.
"If we get Texas, I think that would be one of the best games we play
all year because we'd be ready to play that game because of what
happened earlier in the season," Morris said.
Morris would also love to play K-State in the semifinals to avenge KU's
loss to the Wildcats in Manhattan on Feb. 14. KSU and Colorado will
play in the quarterfinals Thursday.
"I feel we kind of overlooked (K-State) and they're getting better,"
Morris said. "That would definitely be two quality wins (UT and KSU)."
FUN TOURNAMENT FACTS
KU is the defending Big 12 tournament champion. The Jayhawks have won
11 conference tournament titles, including four of the last six and
seven of the 14 Big 12 championships. Since the Big 12's inception in
1997, KU is 13-1 in its first games, 12-2 in the quarterfinals, 8-4 in
semifinals, and 7-1 in championship games.
Kansas has won more Big 12 tournaments than any other school with
seven. KU won the first three events in 1997-99, then the 2006-07-08-10
titles. Kansas has won four of its seven titles as a No. 1 seed —1997,
1998, 2007 and 2010.
KU coach Bill Self has the highest winning percentage in Big 12
tournament history with a 14-3 (82.4 percent) record.
Scouting Oklahoma State (Redux)
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