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Preview: Oklahoma State at Kansas State

Oklahoma State looks to avenge another conference loss to a purple team.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

After a solid win at home against TCU snapped an eight-game losing streak, the Cowboys head to Manhattan to take on the Kansas State Wildcats for the second time this season. In the first meeting, the Cowboys struggled to an 18-point loss at home. They look now to carry their momentum into a better result this time around.


Who: Kansas State (20-6, 10-3 Big 12)

Where: Bramlage Coliseum - Manhattan, KS

When: Saturday Feb. 22, 2019 - 3:00 p.m. CST

TV: ESPN2

Web Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network / TuneIn

Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com


Injury Report:

Oklahoma State:

Trey Reeves: Out for season (Foot)

Kansas State:

Dean Wade: Probable (Foot)

Kamau Stokes: Probable (Foot)

Cartier Diarra: Out Indefinitely (Hand)


Projected Starters:

Oklahoma State:

Kansas State:

G Barry Brown Jr. (Sr), G Kamau Stokes (Sr), F Makol Mawien (Jr), F Dean Wade (Sr), F Xavier Sneed (Jr)


The Opponent:

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Baylor Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State (KenPom no. 30) has only lost a single game since their tilt the Pokes on February 2nd to Iowa State at home. Other than that they’ve maintained their lead at the top of the Big 12 with a game advantage over Kansas and Texas Tech.

Kansas State has maintained a high level of defensive efficiency without creating a ton of offense, but the Cowboys have struggled to find consistency on both sides of the ball. It will take a monumental effort for the Pokes to avenge a game they lost at home a few weeks ago. If any of the “probables” on injury report end up being “outs”, that could also have a major affect on Kansas State’s starting lineup.


Statistics:


Three Things to Watch For:

  1. Purple Revenge Pt. 2:

The Cowboys found a way to avenge their close loss to TCU in their previous game at home. The only difference this time is it’s away, and the previous loss to Kansas State was not close. So basically the same.

2. Kansas State has a lot to play for:

Kansas State is currently leading the Big 12 and has no room to sleep on any of their opponents. This puts all the pressure on their side, but is that enough to make a difference? Kansas State is also looking forward to a matchup with in-state rival Kansas next, so maybe they look ahead to that game as well.

3. Road woes:

The Cowboys haven’t won a road game since their January 12th win at West Virginia, which was also their only true road win this season. The Cowboys will have to overcome their depth deficiencies to fight even more as they fight a hostile crowd in Manhattan, Kansas.