Oklahoma St. faces tough test vs No. 23 Kansas State
Oklahoma State (10-16, 3-10) vs. No. 23 Kansas State (20-6, 10-3)
Fred Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 23 Kansas State presents a tough challenge for Oklahoma St.. Oklahoma State has won one of its four games against ranked teams this season. Kansas State is coming off a 65-51 win at West Virginia in its most recent game.
SAVVY SENIORS: Kansas State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Barry Brown Jr., Dean Wade, Kamau Stokes and Makol Mawien have collectively accounted for 65 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 77 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.
CREATING OFFENSE: Isaac Likekele has made or assisted on 45 percent of all Oklahoma State field goals over the last five games. The freshman guard has accounted for 26 field goals and 23 assists in those games.
COLD SPELL: Oklahoma State has lost its last four road games, scoring 64 points, while allowing 73.8 per game.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Cowboys have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Wildcats. Kansas State has an assist on 36 of 73 field goals (49.3 percent) across its previous three matchups while Oklahoma State has assists on 32 of 60 field goals (53.3 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Kansas State defense has allowed only 59.8 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Wildcats fourth among Division I teams. The Oklahoma State offense has averaged 67.8 points through 26 games (ranked 259th, nationally).