March 3, 2007

Hardwood Analysis: Oklahoma at K-State

Kansas State knew a late season stretch against Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and a trip to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 Conference Tournament would determine its postseason fate, and the Wildcats started out its own version of Bedlam with a loss to the Cowboys in Stillwater. That defeat leaves K-State now facing a virtual must win against an OU team fresh off a hard-fought 67-65 loss to Kansas earlier this week.

Hardwood Analysis: Oklahoma (15-13, 6-9) vs. Kansas State (20-10, 9-6)
Saturday, Mar. 3
Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan.


Backcourt
The dish: Oklahoma lacks a star in its backcourt, but what the Sooners do have is versatility and depth. Five different OU guards make significant contributions, and most do it in different ways. Senior Michael Neal is perhaps the team's best 3-point shooter and averages 10.7 points a game, and 6-foot-3 sophomore point guard Austin Johnson leads his team in assists (3.1) while also contributing 7.5 points per outing. Junior David Godbold chips in with 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, and a pair of talented freshman, Tony Crocker (8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds) and Bobby Maze (5.8 points, 2.1 assists), are also capable of providing a spark. It's important that Wildcat guards Clent Stewart and Lance Harris find a rhythm offensively, but K-State also needs to do a better job guarding on the perimeter after giving up 22 points to both Terrel Harris and JamesOn Curry of Oklahoma State in the Wildcats' most recent outing. The Sooners don't physically outmatch K-State in the backcourt, but they have been more productive.
EDGE: OKLAHOMA

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