_FAN’S SCOUTING REPORT
Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma Sooners are off to a 3-Three begin in Massive 12 play, with a 7-Four report general.
The Sooners’ finest win is over West Virginia, plus they have already got the season sweep over TCU. Oklahoma’s Massive 12 losses are to Baylor, Kansas and Texas Tech, along with a non-conference loss to Xavier.
The Sooners performed their final two video games with out two of their high seven gamers, as Brady Manek and Jalen Hill have been each in Covid-19 protocols. In addition they had their Saturday sport vs Oklahoma State postponed on account of Covid-19.
Their offensive power is taking good care of the ball and the Sooners lead the Massive 12 in turnover price allowed at 15.1 p.c.
Oklahoma is pretty common at every part else, that includes an offensive effectivity of 1.05 (sixth) and an efficient area objective proportion of 48.8 (seventh), whereas making 48.9 p.c of their twos (eighth) and 32.Four p.c of their threes (seventh).
The Sooners solely rebound 29.zero p.c of their misses (seventh) and do not get to the free throw line typically, with a price of 26.2 p.c (eighth), however they do make 76.Eight p.c of their free throws (second).
Oklahoma’s protection has been strong in Massive 12 play, rating third within the league at 1.00 factors per possession allowed (third).
They’re one of many league’s finest defensive rebounding groups, solely permitting opponents to rebound 27.zero p.c of their misses (second).
They’re strong at forcing turnovers (19.Eight p.c, fourth) and never sending groups to the free throw line (26.zero p.c free throw price, fourth).
The Sooners permit opponents to make 48.Three p.c of their two-point makes an attempt (sixth) and 37.2 p.c of their pictures from past the arc (ninth) for an eFG% (efficient area objective proportion) allowed of 51.2 p.c (sixth).
There is not a single stat the place Kansas State has a reputable benefit going into this sport utilizing Massive 12 stats, although the Sooners do not have large benefits in most, both.
It looks as if a sport the place Okay-State might stick round a bit if they’ll hit some pictures towards a protection that is not dominant, and if they’ll make the most of a Sooner offense that hasn’t been nice at making pictures.
Oklahoma’s finest participant has been Wichita State switch Austin Reaves and he has continued to point out the power to attain at a excessive price in his second 12 months. Reaves leads the group with 15.Eight factors per sport, together with 5.2 assists and 5.Four rebounds.
Nonetheless, his 3PT% (three-point proportion) has dipped to 26.1 p.c.
Brady Manek remains to be in Norman with actually good stretch-Four expertise and is predicted to return after lacking two video games below Covid-19 protocols.
Manek’s scoring and rebounding are down barely this 12 months to 13.Four factors per sport and 4.Four rebounds, however he’s hitting 41.2 p.c from three-point land, the perfect taking pictures of his profession.
De’Vion Harmon has proven enchancment in his second 12 months at Oklahoma, scoring 11.6 factors per sport to go together with 2.Three assists whereas hitting 37.1 p.c from three.
Junior faculty switch Alondes Williams is one other second 12 months participant averaging 8.zero factors per sport and three.9 rebounds, however he’s solely making 16.7 p.c from past the arc.
Kur Kuath is one other JuCo switch in his third season (medical redshirted his first 12 months at Oklahoma) and has been strong on the ‘5’ spot with 7.5 factors per sport to go together with 5.zero rebounds.
North Texas switch Umoja Gibson has supplied strong depth on the perimeter with 8.9 factors per sport, whereas making 44.Eight p.c from three.
Cal St-Northridge switch Elijah Harkless offers perimeter depth and had two begins whereas Manek was unavailable.
Within the frontcourt, second 12 months participant Jalen Hill has been strong with 3.7 factors per sport and three.7 rebounds, together with one other second 12 months huge, Victor Iwuakor, and his 6.2 factors per sport and 4.Three rebounds per sport.
Oklahoma’s solely contributing freshman is three-star recruit Trey Phipps who performs sparingly on the perimeter.
The Sooners are a strong group, however a greater matchup for Kansas State and it looks as if a sport the place the Wildcats could be extra aggressive.
I do not assume Okay-State can have sufficient offense to seize the street win, however I anticipate this sport to be aggressive for a lot of the approach, earlier than Oklahoma pulls away late.
Sooners 68 – Cats 61
FLANDO’S PREDICTION: Oklahoma 79, Kansas State 69
Kansas State is on a 4 sport shedding streak and now head to Norman to face a very high quality Oklahoma group. The Sooners, like many different Massive 12 squads, had certainly one of their two video games postponed final week.
They did, nonetheless, play TCU. With out Brady Manek, they throttled them by nearly 40 factors. Manek will likely be again for the matchup with the Wildcats. However they’ve already proved they’ll deal with the underside of the Massive 12 with out their finest participant.
Okay-State is in determined want of no less than taking part in a extra aggressive contest.
Final trip the Wildcats have been dealt with quite simply in Austin and each groups have been lacking key items. The younger unit must be wanting to get that loss out of their minds and, on the very least, maintain the sport tonight fascinating in Norman.
In the end, the poor protection will catch as much as Kansas State, prefer it has many occasions this season, and the Sooners will draw back.
The highest seven groups within the Massive 12 will likely be licking their chops to attempt to dismantle the Wildcats. The objective will likely be to remain aggressive sufficient to maintain the group believing that they’ll win some video games sooner or later.
Kaosi Ezeagu (knee): questionable
DaJuan Gordon (ankle): possible
Luke Kasubke (foot): wholesome
Montavious Murphy (knee): out indefinitely
Nijel Pack (COVID-19/contact tracing): uncertain
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY SPORTS INFO DEPARTMENT PREVIEW
INJURIES, YOUTH DEFINE SEASON SO FAR FOR Okay-STATE
Only a few groups within the nation have needed to take care of the combination of accidents, COVID-19 protocols and youth fairly like Okay-State has in 2020-21.
Already one of many nation’s most inexperienced groups with simply Four returning lettermen and 11 whole underclassmen, the Wildcats have seen 7 completely different gamers miss no less than 1 sport this season, whereas solely 2 gamers (senior Mike McGuirl and sophomore DaJuan Gordon) are presently energetic who began the season opener with Drake on Nov. 25.
Okay-State is certainly one of simply 6 faculties nationally (Duke, Kentucky, James Madison, North Carolina and Washington State) to begin no less than Three true freshmen in a single sport this season, whereas the 31 mixed begins by Wildcat true freshmen are second solely to Kentucky’s 39.
GAMES MISSED IN 2020-21 
Luke Kasubke – 13 (made his season debut at Texas)
Kaosi Ezeagu – 10 (has not performed since 12/5/20)
Montavious Murphy – 10 (anticipated to overlook remainder of season)
Carlton Linguard, Jr. – 4 (missed first Four video games however again now)
Antonio Gordon – 4 (returned to motion at Texas)
Nijel Pack – 2 (has not performed since 1/5/21)
Seryee Lewis – 1 (returned to motion at Texas)
Kansas State (5-9, 1-5 Massive 12) concludes its 2-game street journey on Tuesday night time, because the Wildcats journey to Norman, Okla., to tackle Oklahoma (7-4, 3-Three Massive 12) at 5:30 p.m., CT on the Lloyd Noble Heart. Okay-State is on the lookout for its first street win within the sequence since a 74-61 win on Jan. 16, 2019, its solely win within the final 5 visits to Norman. Tuesday’s sport will air on the FOX Sports activities Oklahoma (together with FOX Sports activities Kansas Metropolis) with Chad McKee (play-by-play) and Bryndon Manzer (analyst) on the decision. The sport may even air on all the FOX Sports activities Kansas Metropolis footprint.
Okay-State will as soon as once more meet lettermen and former head coach Lon Kruger, who’s getting into his 10th season at Oklahoma. Kruger is certainly one of 10 Wildcats to have their jerseys raised to the rafters, because the Silver Lake, Kansas, native was a 2-time Massive Eight Participant of the Yr (1973, 1974) and 2-time Tutorial All-American for Okay-State from 1971-74. Kruger led the Wildcats to 61-22 (.735) report throughout his taking part in profession, which included 2 Massive Eight titles and pair of NCAA Match appearances. He later served as assistant (1978-82) for Hartman earlier than succeeding him as head coach in 1986 the place he grew to become the primary head coach at school historical past to guide the Wildcats to 4 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, posting an 81-46 (.638) report.
Okay-State is coming off an 82-67 loss at No. 4/Four Texas on Saturday, because the Wildcats couldn’t overcome a poor begin in falling for the fourth consecutive time in January. The Longhorns linked on 57.1 p.c within the first half, together with 46.7 p.c from 3-point vary, whereas holding the Wildcats to a season-low 30 p.c, together with 33.Three p.c from lengthy vary, to construct a 20-point lead on the break. Okay-State lastly go some offensive rhythm going within the second half, connecting on 57.1 p.c from the sphere to outscore Texas, 43-38. Freshman huge man Davion Bradford led 4 gamers in double figures with 14 factors on 6-of-10 taking pictures with team-high 7 rebounds, whereas junior Rudi Williams added 12 factors, 6 rebounds and three assists.
The sport at No. 4/Four Texas was the primary for Okay-State in every week since taking a pause to actions on account of a restricted variety of gamers brought on by each accidents and COVID-19 protocols, which pressured a postponement of the Iowa State house sport on Jan. 13. The Wildcats obtained some excellent news with the return of sophomore ahead Antonio Gordon, who began instead of the injured DaJuan Gordon after lacking Four straight video games, and obtained the season debut of freshman guard Luke Kasubke, who had missed the primary 13 video games on account of a foot harm. In all, seven gamers have missed no less than one sport this season, together with season-opening starters Kaosi Ezeagu, Montavious Murphy and Nijel Pack.
Okay-State will likely be taking part in in simply its fourth street contest and up till Saturday’s loss at No. 4/Four Texas had performed nicely in these earlier 2 matchups, knocking off Iowa State, 74-65, on Dec. 15 to snap a 9-game street Massive 12 shedding streak earlier than the 82-71 loss at No. 18/19 Texas Tech on Jan. 5.
Okay-State has began Three true freshmen (Bradford, Selton Miguel and Pack) in 7 of 14 video games, together with Four of 6 Massive 12 video games, whereas no less than 2 true freshmen have began every of the final 9 video games. The Wildcats are certainly one of 6 groups (Kentucky, Duke, James Madison, North Carolina and Washington State) to begin no less than Three true freshmen in no less than one sport, whereas the 31 mixed begins by true freshmen rank second solely to Kentucky’s 39.
NOTES ON OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma (7-4, 3-Three Massive 12) has now performed since an 82-46 win over TCU on Jan. 12 after seeing its rivalry sport with Oklahoma State on Saturday get postponed on account of COVID-19 protocols inside the OSU program. The win over the Horned Frogs snapped a 2-game skid by the Sooners, as 4 gamers scored in double figures led by sophomore De’Vion Harmon’s game-high 22 factors, whereas senior Austin Reaves added 11 factors and seven assists.
Oklahoma is averaging 77.Eight factors on 44.Eight p.c taking pictures, together with 34.Three p.c from 3-point vary, with 37.5 rebounds, 15.5 assists, 7.5 steals and three.6 blocks per sport, whereas permitting 68.Four factors on 41.Eight p.c taking pictures, together with 37.7 p.c from 3-point vary. The group has linked on a Massive 12-best 79.Three p.c from the free throw line.
The Massive 12’s second-best scoring offense group has seven gamers averaging 6 or extra factors, together with 15.Eight factors per sport from Reaves, who’s hitting on 44.Eight p.c from the sphere with team-bests in each rebounding (5.Four rpg.) and assists (5.2 apg.) in 31.zero minutes per sport. Fellow senior Brady Manek is averaging 13.2 factors on 45.1 p.c taking pictures, together with 41.2 p.c from 3-point vary, with 4.Four rebounds, whereas Harmon is averaging 11.6 factors on 46.5 p.c taking pictures with 2.Eight rebounds in 28.6 minutes per sport.
Oklahoma is led by 10th-year head coach Lon Kruger, who has a 186-121 (.606) report, which incorporates 6 NCAA Tournaments and the 2016 Last 4 . He’s 665-425 (.611) in his 35th season as a head coach, which incorporates an 81-46 (.638) mark and Four NCAA Tournaments at Okay-State from 1986-90.
Okay-State and Oklahoma will meet for the 212th time of their histories with the Sooners holding a 109-102 benefit in a sequence that dates to 1920. The Sooners are 64-28 at house, together with a 26-11 mark on the Lloyd Noble Heart with Four wins within the final 5 conferences.
Okay-State has gained Eight of the final 12 conferences with Oklahoma, which features a break up of the sequence a season in the past with the Sooners profitable 66-61 at house within the first convention sport on Jan. 4, 2020 earlier than the Wildcats earned a 61-53 victory at house on Jan. 29.
Head coach Bruce Weber is 11-5 all-time towards Oklahoma, together with a 3-5 mark on the street, whereas he’s 11-5 towards head coach Lon Kruger. Kruger is 9-11 all-time towards his alma mater, together with 7-Three at house.
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UP NEXT: 14/15 WEST VIRGINIA (9-4, 2-Three Massive 12)
Okay-State is predicted to return house from its 2-game street swing on Saturday afternoon, because the Wildcats play host to No. 14/15 West Virginia (9-4, 2-Three Massive 12) at Three p.m., CT at Bramlage Coliseum. This would be the first assembly between the faculties this season after they break up their 2 matchups in 2019-20. The Wildcats knocked off the Mountaineers, 84-68, at house on Jan. 18, 2020 earlier than dropping a 66-57 resolution in Morgantown on Feb. 1.