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Bring on the PodCats with the Tulsa World’s Kelly Hines

Tulsa beat writer Kelly Hines said Kansas State will see some familiar faces Saturday when it goes on the road to try and avenge last season’s worst loss.

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This guy somehow grabbed eight rebounds in K-State’s baffling loss to Tulsa last season.
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We’d all prefer to forget last year’s 61-54 loss to Tulsa in Wichita, but K-State gets a great shot at revenge Saturday in Tulsa’s own building. The Golden Hurricane bring back two starters plus perhaps its best player, DaQuan Jeffries, who missed the game in Wichita with an injury. Eric and I talked to the Tulsa World’s Kelly Hines about why the Tulsa is going through some struggles right now during a tough stretch of their schedule, and what that could mean for Frank Haith’s future.

We also discussed the Golden Hurricane’s tendency to play a matchup zone and how K-State might be able to beat it, especially since the Tulsa has no one to match the height of Dean Wade. This might be another slow game, but Kelly and Eric agree both teams are actually at their best offensively when they’re moving the ball up the floor quickly and especially when they’re forcing turnovers. Rebounding and effort could also be a critical component in deciding who wins Saturday’s game.

Be sure to check out all of Kelly’s Tulsa coverage at the Tulsa World website and you can follow her on Twitter @KellyHinesTW.