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January 17, 2014

A Closer Look At Oklahoma State and more

On Saturday afternoon, No. 15/18 Kansas plays host to No. 9/9 Oklahoma State. For a closer look at the Cowboys, come inside.Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a closer look at the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

A closer look at the Oklahoma State Cowboys

#1 Ford Stuen: 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard (So.)

#2 Le'Bryan Nash: 6-foot-7, 235-pound wing (Jr.)

#4 Brian Williams: 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing (RS JR.)

#5 Stevie Clark: 5-foot-11, 175-pound guard (Fr.)

#12 Jackson Perez: 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard (Fr.)

#13 Phil Forte: 5-foot-11, 185-pound guard (So.)

#14 Marek Soucek: 7-foot-0, 240-pound post (Jr.)

#15 Christian Sager: 6-foot-4, 205-pound wing (Jr.)

#20 Michael Cobbins: 6-foot-8, 230-pound post (RS JR.)

#21 Kamari Murphy:6-foot-8, 220-poumd post (So.)

#22 Markel Brown: 6-foot-3, 190-pound wing (Sr.)

#23 Leyton Hammonds: 6-foot-7, 205-pound wing (Fr.)

#24 Alex Budke: 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard (Jr.)

#30 Jeffrey Carroll: 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing (Fr.)

#33 Marcus Smart: 6-foot-4, 220-pound guard (So.)

#34 Gary Gaskins: 6-foot-10, 200-pound post (Jr.)

#53 Mason Cox: 6-foot-10, 230-pound post (RS SR.)

Record: 15-2

Home Record: 9-0

Away Record: 2-1

Neutral Record: 4-1

Big 12 Conference Record: 3-1

National Ranking: 8/9

Wins: Mississippi Valley State, Utah Valley, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Memphis, Purdue (Kissimmee, Fla.), Butler (Kissimmee, Fla.), South Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Delaware State, Colorado (Las Vegas, Robert Morris, Texas, @ West Virginia, TCU

Losses: @ Memphis (Kissimmee, Fla.), @ Kansas State

Upcoming games: @ Kansas, West Virginia, @ Oklahoma, Baylor, Iowa State, @ Texas Tech, @ Texas, Oklahoma, @ Baylor, Texas Tech, @ TCU, Kansas, @ Iowa State

Scoring Leaders:

Marcus Smart: 17.9 (39)

Markel Brown: 16.6 (27)

Le'Bryan Nash: 13.5 (22)

Phil Forte: 12.0 (22)

Brian Williams: 8.4 (15)

Rebounding Leaders:

Le'Bryan Nash: 5.9 (10)

Kamari Murphy: 5.9 (8)

Marcus Smart: 5.5 (13)

Markel Brown: 5.2 (11)

Assist Leaders:

Marcus Smart: 4.2 (8)

Stevie Clark: 3.3 (9)

Markel Brown: 2.9 (7)

Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Brian Williams: 52-of-93 (55.9%)

Le'Bryan Nash: 81-of-155 (52.3%)

Markel Brown: 93-of-186 (50.0%)

Marcus Smart: 94-of-203 (46.3%)

Phil Forte: 56-of-122 (45.9%)

Stevie Clark: 19-of-49 (38.8%)

3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Phil Forte: 46-of-96 (47.9%)

Stevie Clark: 16-of-36 (44.4%)

Markel Brown: 21-of-59 (35.6%)

Marcus Smart: 29-of-84 (34.5%)

Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Phil Forte: 46-of-51 (90.2%)

Markel Brown: 76-of-96 (79.2%)

Brian Williams: 36-of-47 (76.6%)

Marcus Smart: 87-of-123 (70.7%)

Le'Bryan Nash: 67-of-95 (70.5%)

Odds and Ends: Oklahoma State Cowboys:

A closer look at the starting five:

#33 Marcus Smart: Started all 17 games

#22 Markel Brown: Started all 17 games

#2 Le'Bryan Nash: Started all 17 games

#4 Brian Williams: Started all 17 games

#21 Kamari Murphy: Appeared in 16-of-17 games, including four starts

A closer look at the reserves:

#13 Phil Forte: Appeared in all 17 games

#5 Stevie Clark: Appeared in 12-of-17 games

#23 Leyton Hammonds: Appeared in 15-of-17 games

#15 Christian Sager: Appeared in 14-of-17 games

#14 Marek Soucek: Appeared in 14-of-17 games

Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: Numbers breakdown

Record: Kansas (12-4; 3-0); Oklahoma State (15-2; 3-1)

Rankings: Kansas (15/18); Oklahoma State (9/8)

Points/GM: Kansas (78.9); Oklahoma State (84.8)

Points Allowed/GM: Kansas (68.8); Oklahoma State (64.6)

FG%: Kansas (.500); Oklahoma State (.490)

Rebounds/GM: Kansas (38.9); Oklahoma State (38.0)

Assists/GM: Kansas (15.9); Oklahoma State (14.4)

Blocks/GM: Kansas (6.3); Oklahoma State: (6.0)

Steals/GM: Kansas (5.4); Oklahoma State: (8.1)

Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: The Series:

The Kansas-Oklahoma State series dates back to 1926 with KU holding a 107-54 all-time advantage. KU has won five of the last six meetings and the series is 7-3 in favor of KU in the last 10 matchups. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 18-7 versus OSU: 14-5 in regular-season play and 4-2 in the Big 12 Championship. The Jayhawks are 58-11 against the Cowboys in games played in Lawrence, including a 43-9 record in Allen Fieldhouse. Last season OSU ended KU's 33-game home-court winning streak with an 85-80 win in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 11-8 all-time against his alma mater, including a 10-5 record while at Kansas, while Travis Ford is 2-6 versus KU. Kansas current players career stats versus Oklahoma State are on page 39 of the game notes.

A Kansas Win Would….:

Improve KU to 13-4 on the season... Keep Kansas as the only undefeated team in Big 12 play at 4-0... Make KU 4-0 in conference play for the third-straight season, the seventh time in the Bill Self era and the 12th time in the 18-year history of the Big 12... Make the Kansas-Oklahoma State series 108-54 in favor of KU, including 19-7 in the Big 12 era... Make KU 706-109 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, including 168-9 in the Bill Self era and 7-1 this season... Make Bill Self 12 8 all-time against Oklahoma State, 313-63 while at Kansas and 520-168 overall... Make KU 2,114-816 all-time.

A Kansas Los Would….:

Drop Kansas to 12-5 on the season... Makes Kansas 3-1 in Big 12 play, making the 2002 Jayhawks the only team to have gone through the Big 12 regular-season undefeated (16-0)... Make KU 3-1 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2010-11 when KU was also 3-1... Make the Kansas-Oklahoma State series 107-55 in favor of the Jayhawks... Give KU its second home loss in the same season for the first time since 2006-07... Make KU 6-2 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 167-10 under Bill Self and 705-110 all-time in the facility... Make Bill Self 11-9 all-time against Oklahoma State (10-6 while at Kansas), 312-64 in his 11th season at Kansas and 519-169 in his 21st season overall... Make KU 2,113-817 all-time.


-- Kansas improved to 3-0 for the eighth-straight time and the 10th time in the 11-year Bill Self era.

-- The win marked KU's 50th victory on ESPN's Big Monday in the Big 12 era (50-16).

-- KU's 53 rebounds were a season-high and the first time the Jayhawks have recorded 50+ rebounds since pulling down 50 vs. North Carolina (3/24/13).

-- The Jayhawks saw three or more players score in double figures for the 15th time this year.

-- Junior G Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23 points. It was the second time in his career he scored 20 or more points with the other being 20 versus Toledo earlier this season.

-- Freshman G Andrew Wiggins finished with 19 boards, the most by a Jayhawk since Jeff Withey grabbed 20 vs. Oklahoma State (2/11/12). The mark was one short of the KU freshman record (20, Eric Chenowith vs. Texas A&M, 1/14/98).

-- In the first half alone, Wiggins pulled down 12 rebounds with 2:52 still remaining in the first half, breaking his career-high (previously 11) before the break. He had his second career double double by halftime (11 points/12 rebounds).

-- Freshman C Joel Embiid recorded five blocked shots, marking his third game of the year with five or more blocks.

-- For the second-straight game, Embiid finished just one rebound shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Embiid had 11 points and nine boards versus Kansas State (1/11).

-- Freshman G Wayne Selden.led the floor with a career-high six assists


-- Kansas held Iowa State (1/13) to a season-low 16 percent three-point field goal percentage (4-for-25). After stifling Kansas State (1/11) to 9.1 percent (1-for-11), the Jayhawks have now held opponents to under 20 percent three-point performances in back-to-back nights for the first time since Oklahoma State shot 19 percent (2/20/13) and Texas shot 9.5 percent (2/16/13).

-- Kansas is 9-1 when shooting 50 percent or better in the game.

-- In 10 of KU's 12 victories, the Jayhawks have scored at least 80 points.

-- Kansas has outrebounded 14 of its 16 opponents this season. KU has eight games with a +10 rebound advantage and its +17 at Iowa State (1/13) was a season best. KU has a +10 rebound advantage in five of its last eight contests.

-- KU has held all but one opponent (Duke, 51.7) under 50 percent shooting this season, while the Jayhawks have shot 50 percent or better in 10 games, including five of their last seven contests and six of the last nine outings.

-- After shooting 7-for-10 against Kansas State, freshman G Wayne Selden has shot 50 percent or better in six of his last 10 games and is 13-for-26 (50.0 percent) from three-point range in his last six games. Selden's nine threes in the last three games are more than any other KU player in a three-game span this season.

-- After his 7-for-8 effort at Iowa State (1/13), freshman C Joel Embiid is 31-for-43 (72.1 percent) from the field in his last seven games with 13.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg averages in that span. Embiid has 32 blocked shots in his last 10 games.

-- Junior G Naadir Tharpe has topped the team in assists 11 times, including seven of each of the last eight games (which includes ties). Tharpe has 21 assists and five turnovers in his last four games.

-- After his 19 rebounds at Iowa State (1/13), freshman G Andrew Wiggins has now led Kansas in rebounds three times this season. He leads the Big 12 freshman class in scoring (15.8 ppg) and field goal percentage (44.6).

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