Pregame Breakdown: OSU vs. Kansas

It's senior night in Stillwater complete with the "Pack it for Page" promotion to honor outgoing senior and team captain Keiton Page and both teams are coming in riding high after big wins on Saturday.

Oklahoma State (14-15, 7-9 Big 12) beat Texas A&M 60-42 without star freshman Le'Bryan Nash. No. 5 Kansas came back from a 19-point deficit at home to upend No. 3 Missouri 87-86 in overtime. The game is set for an 8 p.m. tip in Gallagher-Iba Arena and will be featured as a part of ESPN's Big Monday broadcast.

Five-on-Five

Oklahoma State

1) It's senior night for Keiton Page and it could be a special night for more than that reason alone. Page needs to make two 3's against the Jayhawks to become the school's career leader in made 3-pointers. Page has hit 278 in his four years at OSU.

2) The Jayhawks come into Gallagher-Iba ranked in the top five on 12 occasions and seven times have left with a loss. OSU has won the past two meetings in Stillwater. OSU upset the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks in their last visit on Feb. 27, 2010. Before that, the Cowboys upended the Jayhawks 61-60 in 2008. KU didn't lose again on its way to the 2008 national title.

3) OSU is 53-8 in GIA under coach Ford and has posted a 7-6 record against ranked opponents. The Cowboys are 11-3 at home this season.

4) Le'Bryan Nash's availability is up to one man at this point: Ford. The freshman forward is out indefinitely after suffering a fracture in his left hand against Oklahoma. Nash will be reevaluated before the game on Monday night. His injury will not require surgery.

"They basically have left it up to me. I'll decide on Monday," Ford said. "He really wants to play, but I'll decide on Monday what's best for him and we'll see."

5) Coach Ford is asking fans to show up early to support Page in his pregame senior ceremonies. The 8 p.m. tip should help in this department.

Kansas

1) National player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson recorded his Big 12-leading 20th double-double of the season with 28 points and 12 rebounds against Missouri. Robinson has 11 double-doubles in 16 Big 12 games. He is the only player in the country to average a double-double this year.

2) Kansas locked up at least a share of its eighth-straight Big 12 regular season championship with its victory against Missouri on Saturday. That gives Kansas 55 regular season conference titles, which is now the most in the nation in Division I.

3) The Jayhawks have tied or outrebounded 23 of their 29 opponents this season. KU has nine games with a plus-10 rebound margin, including a season-best 50-21 (+29) vs. Oklahoma State on Feb. 11.

4) KU leads the conference in field goal percentage defense (38.1), rebounding margin (plus-6.1), rebound defense (31.2) and blocked shots (5.8). The Jayhawks ranks in the top three in eighth other categories, as well.

5) Center Jeff Withey's production has been up and down for KU this season but he was a key figure in the Jawhawks' victory against OSU a few weeks ago. In fact, he was so effective against OSU he was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week. He had 18 points, 20 rebounds and seven blocks against OSU in Lawrence.

Projected Starters

Oklahoma State

C Philip Jurick (6-11, 270, Jr., 1.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

F Michael Cobbins (6-8, 220, Fr., 5.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

G Brian Williams (6-5, 205, Fr., 8.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

G Keiton Page (5-9, 165, Sr., 16.2 ppg, 2.1 apg)

G Markel Brown (6-3, 190, So., 10.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Kansas

G Tyshawn Taylor (6-3, 185, Sr., 16.7 ppg, 5.0 apg)

G Travis Releford (6-6, 210, Jr., 8.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

G Elijah Johnson (6-4, 195, Jr., 9.0 ppg, 3.8 apg)

F Thomas Robinson (6-10, 237, Jr., 17.8 ppg, 11.9 rpg)

C Jeff Withey (7-0, 235, Jr., 9.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg)

Prediction

OSU has had plenty of success against Kansas in Stillwater and will need fan support and energy to combat a Kansas team that manhandled them in Lawrence on Feb. 11. OSU trailed at one point by 29 before rallying in the second half to lose by 15. The Cowboy team is sure to be fired up to play hard for their senior captain in his final home game and their is always a little added excitement when KU is in the building. I expect OSU to put up a solid fight but overcoming the loss of Nash will be a far greater task against the No. 5 Jayhawks than it was against the floundering Aggies. Prediction: KU 70, OSU 65


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