The Kansas State Wildcats (7-5, NR/NR) go on the road to start the Big 12 portion of the season against the Oklahoma Sooners (9-3, NR/NR). There aren’t really any easy games on the Big 12 schedule, so the Wildcats will need to take all the opportunities they can.
Cartier Diarra played the role of hero against Tulsa late last decade, scoring 25 points, dishing out seven assists, and grabbing five rebounds and hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 21 seconds left.
Also over the winter break, the Sooners comfortably defeated UT Rio Grande Valley, 91-72, on Dec. 30. Brady Manek led Oklahoma with 29 points on 13 shots and 7 rebounds.
Historically, the Kansas State/Oklahoma rivalry is fairly even, with the Sooners holding a 108-101 edge, including 63-28 at Oklahoma. But K-State has won the last two installments in the series, and Bruce Weber is 11-4 all-time vs. Lon Kruger.
Vegas Insider shows the Sooners as 6.5-point favorites, with an over/under of 138.5. That projects to a final score of 72-66 or 73-66, Oklahoma.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 12:02 p.m. CST at the Lloyd Noble Center (capacity 11,562) in Norman, Okla.
The game will stream on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and Bryndon Manzer (analyst) on the broadcast.
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) will call the action on the K-State Sports Network. XM satellite radio will carry the game on channel 387. The audio will also be available for free on TuneIn and at kstatesports.com.
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