Scouting Oklahoma State (Redux)

News, notes and quotes on KU's matchup with Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (CT) at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on ESPN2.

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."

JUICES FLOWING

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.

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