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Kansas State (20-9) at Oklahoma State (19-10)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Monday, March 3, 9 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) -- Stillwater, Oklahoma. Television: ESPN. Home Record: K-State 15-1, OSU 12-3. Away Record: K-State 2-6, OSU 3-6. Neutral Record: K-State 3-2, OSU 4-1. Conference Record: K-State 8-6, OSU 7-9. Series Record: Kansas State leads, 74-50.

GAME NOTES: After both teams took down nationally-ranked foes over the weekend, the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Kansas State Wildcats will attempt to keep their momentum going on Monday night in a Big 12 Conference showdown at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Kansas State hosted Iowa State on Saturday and came away with an impressive 80-73 victory, giving it wins in three of its last four games to improve to 20-9 overall and 8-6 in league action. While the Wildcats have been excellent at home this season (15-1), their performance on the road has been a different story (2-6).

Oklahoma State hit a tailspin earlier this month with a season-long seven- game losing streak which appeared to have crippled its NCAA Tournament hopes, but it has since rebounded with three straight victories to move to 19-10 and 7-9 in the Big 12. The Cowboys registered arguably their most impressive victory of the season on Saturday night when they downed No. 5 Kansas at home, 72-65, to improve to 12-3 in Stillwater.

The sides met up in the Big 12 opener back on Jan. 4, with Oklahoma State losing at Bramlage Coliseum, 74-71. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 74-50, but the Cowboys are 28-12 since 1990.

The Wildcats beat Iowa State at its own game over the weekend, as it outlasted the Big 12's top-scoring team by shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 23- of-29 from the free-throw line while holding the Cyclones to less than 35 percent shooting, and they used an 8-1 run late in the game to pull away. Pacing five players in double figures was Shane Southwell, who knocked down 4- of-6 from 3-point range on his way to 13 points. Thomas Gipson and D.J. Johnson both netted 12 points, while Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu scored 11 points apiece.

On the season, Kansas State's offensive output has been rather modest, shooting 43.6 percent from the field for 69.3 ppg, but the main reason it has been one of the Big 12's best teams is due to its stout defense, which yields only 64.1 ppg on 40 percent shooting. Foster is the team's top scoring threat with 15.1 ppg, and the freshman has stepped up his game down the stretch, averaging 19.6 ppg over the past eight contests. Gipson has been solid in the frontcourt with 11.7 ppg (on 55.7 percent field-goal shooting) and 6.3 rpg, while Southwell brings 9.9 ppg to the table.

The Cowboys appeared to be down for the count midway through the second half against Kansas trailing by 10, but they stormed back by ending the game on a 30-13 run, with Kamari Murphy's layup with 1:37 left proving to be the game- winner. They shot just 42.6 percent from the field, but they held the Jayhawks to only 40.4 percent shooting, outscored them at the free-throw line, 27-14, and forced 22 turnovers. Marcus Smart and Markel Brown scored 21 points apiece, with the latter knocking down all 10 of his foul shots. Le'Bryan Nash was also integral with 16 points and four blocks.

Even with their slide a few weeks back, Oklahoma State is one of the nation's most well-rounded teams this season, as it outshoots its opponents from the field, 46.9 percent to 40.4 percent, and its scoring margin (+12.0) is 12th- best in the country. It also boasts an outstanding +3.5 turnover margin and has made 72.1 percent of its free-throw tries. Smart stuffs the stat sheet on a consistent basis with 17.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.7 apg and 2.6 spg, although he's been off the mark from 3-point range at just 29.3 percent. Brown is an excellent second option with 16.9 ppg, while Nash (14.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Phil Forte (12.9 ppg) also add regular contributions.

As good as Kansas State has been this season, it is simply not the same team on the road as it is as home, and with Oklahoma State returning to its early- season form of late, the Cowboys should be in line to continue their surge.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma State 72, Kansas State 68

03/03 13:00:49 ET

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Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
IND 91
TOR 104
Final
DET 95
CLE 103
Final
MIA 102
MIL 109
Final
DAL 90
MEM 109
 
2nd
GSW 37
CHI 33
 
2nd
LAL 46
WAS 28
 
Final
AKR 59
BST 47
 
Final
KSU 63
CMICH 53
 
Final
VCU 72
GWU 48
Final
TOL 70
UMO 65
 
Final
MICH 58
NEB 44
Final
BGU 56
NILL 46
 
Final
EMICH 76
OHIO 40
 
Final
VT 70
PITT 67
Final
LAS 53
STJOE 48
Final
TULA 55
TULSA 62
Final
UGA 70
VANDY 62
Final
KYST 59
WVU 65
Final
BUF 77
WMICH 71
 
Final
GEOR 53
XAV 66
Final
EVAN 89
INDST 78
 
Final
ORU 94
TABOR 53
 
Final
OKST 64
BAY 53
 
9:00pm Tonight
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
Final
ALA 50
UF 52
 
9:00pm Tonight
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
Final
ARK 69
TENN 64
 
2nd
AUB 61
TEXAM 71
 
Final
UTST 56
WYO 44
Final
SDST 58
FRES 47
 
2nd
CALST 54
SDCHR 39
 
2nd
NEV 39
UNLV 40
 
1st
BSU 11
COLST 5
 
Final
PHI 4
ARI 3
Final
NYI 4
NYR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 3
Final
PIT 5
WIN 3
Final
MON 3
DAL 2
Final
FLA 4
DET 5
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
NAS 4
COL 3
3rd
CAL 2
BUF 1
 
2nd Intermission
EDM 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
VAN 0
ANA 1