MBB Preview: Oklahoma vs. Kansas State

Nate Carter (pictured) and the Sooners and Wildcats will tip-off at 2:38 p.m. (CST) Saturday in Manhattan. Carter leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage (85.6 percent). The Sooners have won the last eight meetings between the two schools and lead the overall series 101-87.

The Teams
Oklahoma (15-13, 6-9) vs. Kansas State (20-10, 9-6) -- 2:38 p.m. (CST) -- Manhattan, Kan. Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)

Today's game will be televised regionally by ABC. Ron Franklin (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will call the action. The game, which is also available with the ESPN Full Court Package, can be heard on the Sooner Radio network on KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City.

Radio Broadcast Info | Live Stats

The Matchup
Kansas State comes into today's game alone in fourth place in conference play at 9-6 and needing a win to secure a first-round by in next weekend's Big 12 Tournament, while Oklahoma is tied with Iowa State for eighth at 6-9.

The Wildcats, who will honor five seniors before the game, are led their sixth man Cartier Martin, who comes off the bench to average 16.5 points per game. They are 12-2 overall at Bramlage Coliseum and 5-2 at home in Big 12 play with their two lone home losses came against Texas Tech and Kansas.

They are 8th in the leauge in scoring offense (71.5) and 6th in scoring defense (65.9), while the Sooners are 10th in scoring offense (67.7) and 2nd in scoring defense (67.7).

Oklahoma leads the all-time series 101-87, but the Wildcats hold a 53-34 edge in Manhattan. However, the Sooners have won eight straight games in the series, including the last three at Bramlage Coliseum. OU is also 9-2 against KSU since the Big 12 was formed.

Oklahoma Game Notes | Kansas State Game Notes

Jeff Capel on Kansas State
"They're a very tough team. Bob Huggins has done a great job, which everyone knew he would. He inherited some guys that are pretty good. Cartier Martin is one of the elite players in our league, and (David) Hoskins has had a very good season for them.

"He's (Cartier Martin) a very talented young man. Great body, very good athleticsm. He really has a knack for scoring and a good touch and feel for the game. That's one of the reasons why he's one of the better players in our league. David (Godbold) will most likely draw that matchup for us when he comes into the game.

"They're tough, they're physical, well-coached, they play hard. You know it will be an emotional afternoon for them being Senior Night and to play in what's become a very hostile place. So it will be a tough challenge for us, but we'll be ready for it.

"We feel like there's a lot play for still left in our season. Obviously, the past couple weeks have not turned out like we would've liked them to. But I feel like we've fought and done some things to get better. I think, defensively, we've done a lot of really good things. Hopefully, over these last couple weeks we can shore up our offense. I think if we can get going offensively it would really help us out and make us an even better defensive team.

"With what we've gone through down the stretch playing against two of the best teams in the country in a 48-hour span, and doing some positive things in both of them, hopefully that helps us and gives us more confidence going into this final conference game and going into the conference tournament."

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
F -- 32 -- Taylor Griffin -- 6-7, 232, So. -- 6.5 ppg, 5.3 rbg
F -- 24 -- Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Sr. -- 11.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg
G -- 2 -- Michael Neal -- 6-3, 198, Sr. -- 10.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg
G -- 15 -- David Godbold -- 6-5, 215, Jr. -- 7.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg
G -- 3 -- Bobby Maze -- 6-3, 160, So. -- 5.8 ppg, 2.1 apg

More on the Sooners
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Kansas State Projected Starters:
F -- 50 -- Luis Colon -- 6-10, 260, Fr.. -- 2.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg
F -- 15 -- David Hoskins -- 6-5, 225, Jr. -- 14.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg
G -- 34 -- Akeem Wright -- 6-6, 190, Sr. -- 6.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg
G -- 3 -- Lance Harris -- 6-5, 190, Sr. -- 10.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
G -- 5 -- Clent Stewart -- 6-4, 190, Sr. -- 6.5 ppg, 2.7 apg

More on the Wildcats
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