The Kansas State Wildcats (27-6, 14-4) used stifling defense and a good night from Rodney McGruder to beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys (24-8, 13-5) 68-57. The Wildcats avenged a loss to the Cowboys in Stillwater last weekend. With the win, the Wildcats advance to the Big Twelve title game against a Kansas team that beat the Wildcats two times in the regular season.
McGruder led the Wildcats with 25 points and 8 rebounds while Angel Rodriguez pitched in 17 points and Jordan Henriguez-Roberts had 11 rebounds. Kansas State led by double digits for most of the second half behind a defense which held Oklahoma State to 30.5% shooting.
Oklahoma State was led by Marcus Smart who scored 18 points. Le’Bryan Nash was the only other Cowboy in double figures with 11 points. The Cowboys were able to keep in the game thanks to a 16-20 showing from the charity stripe. K-state, however, shot even better at a 17-21 clip.
After splitting the regular season meetings, this match-up had big implications in terms of tournament seeding. With a victory tomorrow, K-State may be able to vault up to a #2 seed. They face a tough task in a Kansas team that is playing really great basketball right now. Tomorrow’s game will be at 5:00 CT. After splitting the regular season championship with Kansas, the Wildcats will be eager to claim sole possession of the Big Twelve crown. On the other side is a Kansas team looking to capitalize on Duke and Georgetown losses in order to secure a coveted #1 seed. This combined with the natural rivalry between the two schools should make for a great game.