K-State Continues Road Trip at 2/1 Oklahoma Saturday


GAME PREVIEW
JAN 9, 3:30 PM

Lloyd Noble Center
Norman, Okla.

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
10-4 (0-2 Big 12)

2/1
OKLAHOMA
SOONERS
12-1 (1-1 Big 12)

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COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 385-197/18th season
At K-State: 72-42/4th season
vs. Oklahoma: 5-1

Oklahoma: Lon Kruger (Kansas State ’75)
Overall: 573-354/29th season
At Oklahoma: 94-50/5th season
vs. Kansas State: 5-6

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (10-4, 0-2 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (9.0 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (12.6 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (13.1 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (10.8 ppg., 6.1 rpg.)
F: #41 Stephen Hurt (6.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg.)

2/1 Oklahoma (12-1, 1-1 Big 12)
G: #10 Jordan Woodard (14.9 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)
G: #11 Isaiah Cousins (12.5 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
G: #24 Buddy Hield (26.3 ppg., 5.5 rpg.)
F: #00 Ryan Spangler (11.3 ppg., 10.8 rpg.)
F: #12 Khadeem Latin (6.2 ppg., 6.5 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Oklahoma leads 105-96 (series began in 1920)
In Big 12 era: Oklahoma leads 13-11 (7-4 at home)
In Norman: Oklahoma leads 60-27 (last meeting - 1/10/2015)  
Current Streak: K-State, 2
Last Meeting: K-State, 59-56, in Manhattan, Kan., on 2/14/2015
Weber vs. Oklahoma: Weber leads 5-1 (2-1 on the road)
Weber vs. Kruger: Weber leads 6-1 (2-1 on the road)

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State (10-4, 0-2 Big 12) concludes its brief 2-game road swing Saturday as the Wildcats travel to Norman, Okla., to face No. 2/1 Oklahoma (12-1, 1-1 Big 12) at a sold-out Lloyd Noble Center at 3:30 p.m. CT. 
Saturday’s game is the first meeting with a No. 1 team (in either poll) since knocking off the top-ranked Jayhawks, 84-68, on Feb. 14, 2011 at home. It is the first against a No. 1 team not named Kansas since beating top-ranked Missouri, 65-58, at home on Feb. 8, 1990.
K-State has faced Oklahoma twice as the No. 1 team in 1988-89, losing 90-82 at home on Feb. 1, 1989 and 86-82 in Norman on Feb. 22, 1989. 
K-State is 20-68 (.227) all-time against AP Top 5 opponents, including 5-13 (.278) vs. the AP’s No. 2 squad. The Wildcats have lost 3 in a row to the nation’s No. 2 team with the last win coming against No. 2 Kansas, 84-75, on Jan. 30, 2008 at Bramlage Coliseum.
Of the 20 wins vs. Top 5 teams, 4 have come in true road environments, including a 68-64 win at No. 1 Kansas on Jan. 17, 1994. The others came at No. 5 Wichita State (94-86) on March 14, 1964, at No. 5 Missouri (57-56) on Feb. 24, 1982 and at No. 3 Missouri (78-68) on Feb. 21, 2012. 
Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger has a long history with K-State as both a player and coach, twice earning Big Eight Player of the Year honors (1973 & 1974) during his playing career from 1971-74 before serving as an assistant coach from 1977-82 and head coach from 1986-90. 
K-State and Oklahoma will play for the 202nd time Saturday with the Sooners holding a 105-96 advantage in the all-time series. The Wildcats swept the season series in 2014-15, winning 66-63 in overtime in Norman on Jan. 10, 2015 and 59-56 at home on Feb. 14, 2015.
The Sooners hold a 60-27 lead in games played in Norman, including a 7-4 mark in the Big 12 era. However, the Wildcats have won 4 of the last 6 meetings on the road, including wins in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2015. 
K-State has opened Big 12 play 0-2 for the first time since 2010-11 after suffering a double-overtime loss to No. 19/17 West Virginia (83-87) and at Texas (57-60) by a combined 7 points. The squad has not opened 0-3 in league play since losing their first 4 league games in 2008-09.
K-State has already equaled its win total away from home from 2014-15, posting a 2-3 record, including a 1-2 mark in true road tilts. The Wildcats knocked off Georgia, 68-66, on Dec. 4 before losing at No. 25 Texas A&M, 78-68, on Dec. 12 to go with its recent 60-57 loss at Texas on Tuesday.