OU-Kansas State Part II Hoops Preview

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated breaks down OU's contest against the Kansas State Wildcats Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.

Overview:

Head coach Lon Kruger coaches against his alma mater for the first time in Manhattan, Kan., when the Sooners and No. 22 Kansas State Wildcats meet at 6 pm. CT Saturday. The two play the second of two meetings this year, as OU won the first in an 82-73 triumph at Lloyd Noble Center. OU has gone just 1-2 since beating the Wildcats, though, while Kansas State has won three straight, including their most recent 69-47 victory over Texas Tech.

Sooner Notes:

--OU holds a 103-91 all-time series lead against the Wildcats, but it is just 35-35 in Manhattan.

--The Sooners rank 18th nationally in offensive rebounds per game with 14.6 and 36th in total boards per game with 38.6.

--Guard Steven Pledger is averaging 20 points on 56.9 percent field goal shooting in OU's 12 wins but just 12.7 points on 33.3 percent shooting in their seven setbacks.

--OU ranks third in the conference in free throw percentage, converting 76.5 percent of its attempts.

--The Sooners scored 75 points just seven times all of last year, but have done it 10 times in 19 tries this season.

Looking at the Wildcats:

--They are tied for fourth in the conference with Iowa State (both are 4-3). The Wildcats are 9-1 at home this season, and the lone loss came to No. 4 Baylor, a 75-73 defeat.

--Kansas State leads the league in rebounding with 39.8 boards per contest.

--Guard Rodney McGruder leads the team and conference with 20.6 points per game during Big 12 play.

--Forward averages 10.5 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds, while guard Will Spradling provides 10.4 points and 2.7 assists per game.

--Head coach Frank Martin is in his fifth year as head coach of the Wildcats, with a 110-47 overall record.

Projected Starters:

OU:

F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 247, Jr., 13.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg)

F Romero Osby (6-8, 232, Jr., 12.1 ppg, 8.3 rbg)

G Sam Grooms (6-1, 203, Jr., 6.5 ppg, 5.5 apg)

G Steven Pledger (6-2, 205, Jr., 17.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

G Cameron Clark (6-6, 198, So., 8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg)

Kansas State:

F Jamar Samuels (6-7, 230, Sr., 10.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg)

F Thomas Gipson (6-7, 275, Fr., 8.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

G Angel Rodriguez (5-11, 180, Fr., 6.9 ppg, 2.3 apg)

G Rodney McGruder (6-4, 205, Fr., 15.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg)

G Will Spradling (6-2, 180, So., 10.4 ppg, 2.7 apg)

Sooners Illustrated's Take:

Kruger and the Sooners took his alma mater once, but twice in the same year? That doesn't figure to happen. SI projects that if OU can't win at Texas A&M, one of the weaker teams in the conference, they won't do it against one of the better teams in the league. They will compete, though, but come up short. (Big 12 Prediction Record: 4-3)

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