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These guys again: Oklahoma State

Kansas forward Perry Ellis makes his way to the locker room as Oklahoma State students storm the court following the Cowboys' 72-65 win on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis makes his way to the locker room as Oklahoma State students storm the court following the Cowboys' 72-65 win on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

Stillwater, Oklahoma is not always a pleasant place for the Kansas basketball team to visit.

The Jayhawks have lost three of their last five trips to Oklahoma State’s Gallagher-Iba Arena, dating back 2008, when the eventual national champs lost 61-60 at OSU.

The Cowboys are 15-7 overall this season and 5-5 in the Big 12. What have they done well in order to remain competitive in the league? For starters, they play defense and limit opponents’ scoring. Looking at conference games only, OSU enters the weekend:

  • 1st in scoring defense: 60.3 points allowed

  • 3rd in FG percentage defense: 40.9%

  • 4th in blocks: 5.5 per game

  • 2nd in steals: 7.4 per game (West Virginia dominates this category, with 10.3)

Oklahoma State is coming off one of its most impressive victories of the season, too — a 65-63 overtime win at No. 25 Texas. On the road, the Cowboys got UT to turn the ball over 18 times.

Although No. 8 Kansas (19-3 overall, 8-1 Big 12) beat OSU, 67-57 on Jan.13, Bill Self wasn’t pleased with how the Jayhawks played. One would expect OSU to perform better on its home court, meaning KU has to be ready for this one.

To refresh everyone’s memories: Here are the Cowboys Kansas will have to worry about down in Stillwater.

COWBOYS STARTERS

No. 13 — Phil Forte III, 5-11, junior G

Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte III (13) throws up a shot after drawing contact from Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. At left is Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1).

Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte III (13) throws up a shot after drawing contact from Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. At left is Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1). by Nick Krug

— Jan. 13 at Kansas: 18 points, 4/8 FGs, 1/2 3’s, 9/9 FTs, 2 rebounds, 4 TOs, 1 steal in 35 minutes

Wednesday night, Texas gave the small guard trouble, holding him to 3-for-13 shooting and keeping him from even getting off many 3-pointers — 1-for-3. But Forte had the last laugh in Austin, Texas.

After missing a free throw late in the second half, Forte had the ball in his hands in the final seconds of overtime. He drove to the paint and drew a foul on Cam Ridley. The junior hit both of his free throws — 7-for-8 in the game — to send OSU home with a win.

Not too surprising, considering the guy has taken 119 free throw attempts this season and has hit 85% of them.

In Big 12 play, Forte averages 17.2 points (second in the league to Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, who puts up 20.1 a game). He’s also shooting 49.1% from the floor in conference action (fourth in Big 12), leading the league in free-throw shooting (88%), hitting 46.2% of his 3-pointers (fourth in Big 12) and leading the conference in minutes played (35.9 per game).

Earlier this week, Self called Forte “tough as nails.”

Forte has scored in double figures in 21 of his las 22 games, and in all five of his career meetings with KU.

He has shot 50 percent or better from the field in four of his last five games.

hoop-math.com update: Sure, Forte can drill the long ball. But he also drains jumpers inside the arc. He shoots 47.5% on 2-point shots away from the rim, making 28 of 59.

No. 2 — Le’Bryan Nash, 6-7, senior F

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v71IoEufXo

— Jan. 13 at Kansas: 21 points, 5/14 FGs, 0/1 3’s, 11/12 FTs, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 TOs, 1 block, 1 steal in 38 minutes

Averaging 15.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 10 Big 12 games, the athletic wing also has blocked 15 shots in conference action.

Though he scored 17 points in OSU’s win at Texas, he shot 6-for-19 (31.6%). As is often the case, Nash made up for a poor shooting night by getting to the foul line — 5-for-5 at UT. On the year, he takes 7.0 free throw attempts per game and hits 78.4% from the line.

Not once this season has the senior failed to reach double digits in scoring.

Nash is not a good 3-point shooter. Wisely, he has only taken 7 from behind the arc in conference play. He hit one of them, giving him a success rate of 14.3%.

— hoop-math.com update: Nash takes just more than half of his shots on 2-point jumpers and has hit 41.2% from that range. He’s better off when he gets to the rim — 55.9%.

No. 12 — Anthony Hickey Jr., 5-11, senior G

— Jan. 13 at Kansas: 5 points, 2/9 FGs, 1/4 3’s, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 0 turnovers, 1 steal in 33 minutes.

No, he didn’t play great at Allen Fieldhouse, but few do in their first trip to the venue.

It’s easy to see Hickey playing a much more prominent role at Gallagher-Iba.

In 10 Big 12 outings, Hickey averages 8.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Maybe even more impressive, he swipes 2.3 steals a game.

In OSU’s 15 wins, Hickey averages 9.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.1 steals and shoots 45.8% from the floor, 39.3% from deep. He shoots 33.3% from the field and 27% from 3-point range in OSU losses.

In league games, he has made 15 of 41 3-pointers (36.6%).

At Texas, Hickey went for 15 points and made all three of his 3-pointers, while failing to pass out an assist for the first time this season. But he wreaked havoc on defense, with 4 steals in the crucial win.

— hoop-math.com update: Almost half (49.7%) of Hickey’s shots have come from 3-point range (32-for-93). But he’s not just a catch-and-shoot guy. Thirteen of his three-pointers have come without an assist.

No. 20 — Michael Cobbins, 6-8, senior F

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) fights for a rebound with Oklahoma State forward Michael Cobbins (20) during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) fights for a rebound with Oklahoma State forward Michael Cobbins (20) during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 13 at Kansas: 6 points, 3/4 FGs, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 2 steals, 5 fouls in 20 minutes

Not much of a scorer — his 7 points apiece vs. Texas Tech and at Kansas State are his most in Big 12 games — Cobbins makes his presence felt in the paint.

Since the start of conference play, he has blocked 4 or more shots on three occasions:

  • 4 at Iowa State

  • 5 vs. Texas Tech

  • 5 vs. Baylor

OSU won those two home games and only lost by two at ISU.

Cobbins’ 2.3 swats per game in the Big 12 ranks third, behind Jameel McKay (2.33) and Myles Turner (3.0). He averages 2.4 blocks in four career matchups with KU.

The big man is shooting 17-for-37 in Big 12 games (45.9%) and has a team-best 13 offensive rebounds. His 5.3 total boards per game in conference play leads OSU.

— hoop-math.com update: Cobbins has converted 39 of his 47 shots at the rim this season, but only 6 of those buckets have come on put-backs, via the offensive glass.

No. 22 — Jeff Newberry, 6-2, junior G

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) puts up a shot after being fouled by Oklahoma State guard Jeff Newberry (22) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) puts up a shot after being fouled by Oklahoma State guard Jeff Newberry (22) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 13 at Kansas: 4 points, 1/6 FGs, 0/2 3’s, 2/4 FTs, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 TOs, 1 steal in 22 minutes

Another low-key offensive player for OSU, which relies so heavily on Forte and Nash, the junior contributes 6.3 points in Big 12 play and has only made 18 of 54 field goals (33.3%) and 6 of 26 3-pointers (23.1%).

A backup earlier this season, he has started since the last week of December. He had 13 points and a career-high 6 rebounds in OSU’s home win over Texas Tech. Later, he went for 10 points and 4 boards in a home victory against Baylor.

A streaky shooter, Newberry failed to make a 3-pointer in six of his last seven games.

— hoop-math.com update: When opponents coax him into 2-point jumpers he has only made 8 of 31 (25.8%).

COWBOYS BENCH

No. 5 — Tavarius Shine, 6-5, freshman F

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) hustles for a steal from Oklahoma State orward Tavarius Shine (5) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0).

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) hustles for a steal from Oklahoma State orward Tavarius Shine (5) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0). by Nick Krug

— Jan. 13 at Kansas: 0 points, 0/5 FGs, 0/3 3’s, 1 assist, 1 TO, 1 steal in 14 minutes

Just a freshman, he has become the most used backup on an OSU team that isn’t very deep.

He and Tyree Griffin played 9 minutes each at Texas to lead OSU in reserve minutes played.

In Big 12 games, Shine averages 4.8 points in 16.0 minutes. He scored a season-high 11 points and nailed all three of his 3-point tries in the Cowboys’ home win vs. Baylor.

In his last three games, Shine has made 5 of 7 3-pointers.

In Big 12 play, he shoots 45% from the floor and 37.9% from 3-point land.

— hoop-math.com update: 68.3% of his shots have come from 3-point range, but he’s better off attacking, with a 76.5% success rate on shots at the rim (13-for-17).

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One more time: Oklahoma State and Kansas tangle again

Both times Kansas and Oklahoma State met on the basketball court during the regular season, the Cowboys' guard-oriented attack gave the Jayhawks some trouble.

The first time around, KU held off a second-half OSU surge to earn an 80-78 win at Allen Fieldhouse.

In the rematch, the Jayhawks weren't as lucky, and lost, 72-65, at Gallagher-Iba Arena, in Stillwater, Okla.

Now comes Cowboys vs. Jayhawks, Part 3 — in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals at 2 p.m., at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Mo.

One of the preseason Big 12 favorites is going home to regroup for the NCAAs. And it could be No. 10 Kansas (23-8) if the Cowboys (21-11) have their way.

OSU, after all, has won five of its last six games since Marcus Smart's return from his suspension, with its only loss coming in overtime at Iowa State — on the Cyclones' Senior Day.

Meanwhile, Kansas has lost two of its last three.

After Oklahoma State disposed of Texas Tech, 80-62, Wednesday night, coach Travis Ford uttered some words that should frighten any team that faces OSU from this point on: "I thought we ran our offense — for the first time — pretty complete for 40 minutes. We took good shots, we had good possessions."

That's right, the man in charge of this ultra-talented, if underachieving, group said Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, Le'Bryan Nash and Phil Forte had not run the offense full throttle until now.

Of course, Texas Tech (14-18) isn't Kansas. But think about it this way: a team that already has split with KU is just starting to get it. And Kansas doesn't have 7-foot freshman center Joel Embiid to protect the paint this time.

OSU plans to attack KU off the dribble to get points in the paint. And if that works, Nash pointed out, it could mean difficulties for Kansas on more than one front.

"They bench is shorter now," Nash said Wednesday night. "We get 'em in foul trouble, maybe it can work out for us."

On that note, here's a brief refresher on OSU's core six players.

Marcus Smart, No. 33

6-4, 220, so. guard

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart celebrates before the Kansas bench as the Cowboys close out the game on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart celebrates before the Kansas bench as the Cowboys close out the game on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 at KU: 16 points, 3/14 FGs, 0/6 3s, 10/10 FTs, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, 3 turnovers in 39 minutes.

— March 1 vs KU: 21 points, 5/14 FGs, 2/7 3s, 9/14 FTs, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers in 36 minutes.

Too strong to be slowed down by a foul, one of the nation's elite guards finishes through the contact he creates. Smart had a blast dismantling Texas Tech Wednesday night at the Sprint Center, where he made 6 of 10 shots, scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished seven assists and feasted on the Tech backcourt with six steals.

The Cowboys will go as far as Smart and Brown can take them in the next few weeks, and their first legit postseason test comes today, against Kansas.

Smart's season averages: 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.7 steals.

Markel Brown, No. 22

6-3, 190, sr. guard

Kansas players Joel Embiid and Jamari Traylor watch as Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown comes down from a dunk during the second half on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas players Joel Embiid and Jamari Traylor watch as Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown comes down from a dunk during the second half on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 15 points, 5/13 FGs, 5/9 3s, 0/0 FTs, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 5 fouls in 28 minutes.

— March 1 vs KU: 21 points, 4/7 FGs, 3/5 3s, 10/10 FTs, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers in 38 minutes.

The chemistry Brown has with Smart in the backcourt makes OSU's talented backcourt all the more difficult to handle. The two can make eye contact on the perimeter and the next thing you know, Brown is catching a lob above the rim for an alley-oop.

Brown will step on the floor today feeling good, because he went for 20 points and hit 3 of 6 3-pointers against Tech less than 24 hours earlier.

While Brown can burn you on the perimeter with his touch (38.6% on 3s), he will gladly drive by his man for a layup or slam, too.

He averages 17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds, plus 3.0 assists.

Le'Bryan Nash, No. 2

6-7, 235, jr. wing

Kansas guard Frank Mason tries to hook a pass around Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash during the second half on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Frank Mason tries to hook a pass around Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash during the second half on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 10 points, 5/11 FGs, 0/2 FTs, 5 rebounds (3 offensive), 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 4 fouls in 22 minutes.

— March 1 vs KU: 16 points, 6/9 FGs, 4/5 FTs, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 blocks, 2 turnovers in 33 minutes.

Le'Bryan "Slash" took a back seat to Smart and Brown most of the Big 12 Tournament opener, but still produced 10 points — mainly by getting to the foul line, where he went 6 of 7.

Like Smart and Brown, Nash is too quick and strong for many perimeter defenders to deal with. He averages 14.0 points and 5.6 rebounds, and makes 52.5% of his shots.

Phil Forte, No. 13

5-11, 185, so. guard

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe hoists a three over Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte during the first half on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe hoists a three over Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte during the first half on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 23 points, 7/11 FGs, 7/10 3s, 2/2 FTs, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 0 turnovers in 30 minutes.

— March 1 vs KU: 2 points, 1/6 FGs, 0/4 3s, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover in 39 minutes.

It's almost bizarre to think OSU defeated Kansas in Stillwater with Forte going 0-for-the-game from 3-point range and only scoring two points.

It appeared the sophomore sniper might end up having a similar night against Tech on Wednesday. Forte didn't hit a shot until the 15:43 mark of the second half. Not that it mattered. The sophomore guard's 91st three-pointer of the season put Tech's deficit at 51-32. And he went on to score 14 points on 4 of 9 3-point shooting.

The kind of 3-point marksman Kansas hopes Conner Frankamp can become, Forte has made 94 3-pointers this season on 208 attempts (45.2%). Seventy-six percent of his shots come from behind the arc.

Kamari Murphy, No. 21

6-8, 220, so. post

Kansas center Joel Embiid and Oklahoma State forward Kamari Murphy tangle for position during the first half on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas center Joel Embiid and Oklahoma State forward Kamari Murphy tangle for position during the first half on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 12 points, 5/10 FGs, 2/2 FTs, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 4 fouls, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 2 blocks in 38 minutes.

— March 1 vs KU: 8 points, 3/8 FGs, 2/2 FTs, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 turnover and 5 fouls in 30 minutes.

Even with Embiid playing, Murphy enjoyed more success against Kansas than he has, on average, this season.

If KU help defenders come over to cut off drives by Smart, Brown and Nash, Murphy figures to benefit with open looks at the rim.

He averages 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds this season, and leads OSU with 40 blocked shots (five more than Brown).

Murphy only scored two points and had one rebound against Tech, and he picked up four fouls in 14 minutes.

OSU bench

Brian Williams, No. 4

6-5, 210, jr. wing

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 2 points, 1/5 FGs, 0/1 3s, 3 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal in 21 minutes.

— March 1 vs KU: 4 points, 1/2 FGs, 2/2 FTs, 3 steals and 1 turnover in 11 minutes.

Williams scored five of his six points against Tech in the first half, and went 4 for 5 at the foul line in OSU's easy win.

On the year, he averages 6.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Note: Fellow backup Leyton Hammonds gave OSU its first points of the game Wednesday night against Texas Tech, with a 3-pointer, after the Pokes fell behind, 8-0, prior to the first media timeout. Hamonds had gone scoreless in OSU's three previous games in limited minutes.

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Getting reacquainted with Oklahoma State

Game officials break up a skirmish between the Kansas and Oklahoma State players during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Game officials break up a skirmish between the Kansas and Oklahoma State players during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

You thought things got intense the last time Kansas University's men's basketball team played against Oklahoma State? Just wait until Saturday night.

What a way to kick off the month of March. The Cowboys (18-10 overall, 6-9 Big 12) have not lived up to their potential this season — they struggled even before Marcus Smart got suspended for his altercation with a Texas Tech fan — and this ESPN College Game Day matchup doesn't have the ramifications most thought it would before the season began. Still, you won't find a much more dangerous bubble team in the nation right now than OSU. Time is running out for the Cowboys to prove they belong in the NCAA Tournament (despite losing seven straight games from Jan. 27 to Feb. 17), and nothing would solidify their spot in The Big Dance more than beating No. 5 Kansas (22-6, 13-2).

Gallagher-Iba Arena figures to shake with noise as long as Oklahoma State can stick around with Kansas, and the Cowboys have enough talent in their backcourt to beat any team in the country.

Since Smart's return to the lineup, OSU has blown out the two teams at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, Texas Tech and TCU.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpjrP00XSWE

Even though the Cowboys have lost 10 times, eight of those were by two possessions or less, including two overtime losses: 3OT vs. Iowa State and OT at Baylor. Four losses were in one-possession games.

Since Travis Ford took over at Oklahoma State in 2008-09, the Cowboys are 9-10 at home against Top 25 teams. One of those victories came in November vs. Memphis. But the Cowboys are only 2-4 against ranked opponents overall this season.

For the Cowboys to earn the kind of hey-look-at-us victory that has eluded them to date, they will need significant production from their top four leading scorers. So let's get reacquainted with Smart and his highly skilled allies, who would like to keep the Jayhawks from winning the Big 12 outright today in Stillwater, Okla.

Marcus Smart, No. 33

6-4, 220, so. guard

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart goes to the bucket against Kansas defenders Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins (22) late in the second half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart goes to the bucket against Kansas defenders Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins (22) late in the second half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 16 points, 3/14 FGs, 0/6 3s, 10/10 FTs, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, 3 turnovers in 39 minutes.

One assist shy of a triple-double in OSU's two-point loss at Kansas, the troubled soon-to-be NBA lottery pick put up a great stat line despite missing 11 of his 14 shots.

Smart is strong in every facet of the game. In his two appearances since serving his three-game suspension, he has delivered 16.5 points, 8.5 assists, 5.5 steals and 5.5 rebounds.

On the season, the bull of a point guard averages 17.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and shoots 42.1% from the floor — but only 29.3% from 3-point range (39 of 133).

Markel Brown, No. 22

6-3, 190, sr. guard

Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown (22) walks off the court after his second technical with teammate Marcus Smart during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown (22) walks off the court after his second technical with teammate Marcus Smart during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 15 points, 5/13 FGs, 5/9 3s, 0/0 FTs, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 5 fouls in 28 minutes.

Two technical fouls limited Brown's productivity in OSU's loss at Kansas. And he still made five 3-pointers.

The high-flying shooting guard averages 16.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, makes 47% of his shots and 36.7% of his 3-pointers (44 of 120).

Brown is the first player in OSU history to record career numbers of 250 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks. And he is only the second Cowboy in the program's record books to get to 500 career rebounds (Brown has 555) playing under the height of 6-4. The other was Randy Rutherford.

Le'Bryan Nash, No. 2

6-7, 235, jr. wing

Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash loses the ball before Kansas defenders Frank Mason (0) and Wayne Selden on the final possession as time expires during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash loses the ball before Kansas defenders Frank Mason (0) and Wayne Selden on the final possession as time expires during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 10 points, 5/11 FGs, 0/2 FTs, 5 rebounds (3 offensive), 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 4 fouls in 22 minutes.

Not that long-range daggers are his specialty, but Nash had a chance to defeat Kansas with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at Allen Fieldhouse in January. However, on the Cowboys' final possession, he was stripped by Frank Mason (see above photo).

A slashing junior forward, Nash has never scored more than 11 points against Kansas in four career games.

This season, Nash averages 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. He's a 52.7% shooter, but doesn't have to be worried about behind the arc, where he has missed all six of his attempts.

Phil Forte, No. 13

5-11, 185, so. guard

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe puts up a three over Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte with seconds remaining in the second half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. Tharpe hit the three to widen the Jayhawks' lead.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe puts up a three over Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte with seconds remaining in the second half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. Tharpe hit the three to widen the Jayhawks' lead. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 23 points, 7/11 FGs, 7/10 3s, 2/2 FTs, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 0 turnovers in 30 minutes.

A sub the first time these two teams met, one of the most dangerous 3-point shooters in the country can burn opponents from the opening tip now that he's a starter.

Forte averages 13.3 points, 1.3 assists, converts 45.5% field goals and is slightly better from long range, making 45.8% of his 3-pointers.

The 5-11 guard makes 3.1 3-pointers a game in Big 12 action. He torched Kansas for seven the first time around. He's coming off a 5-for-10 performance at TCU, and he made all six of his 3's at Oklahoma in January.

In 86 tries at the free-throw line this season, Forte has only missed nine times. His 89.5% success rate leads the Big 12.

Kamari Murphy, No. 21

6-8, 220, so. post

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) and guard Brannen Greene (14) position for a rebound against Oklahoma State's Kamari Murphy (21) in the Jayhawks 80-78 win over Oklahoma State Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) and guard Brannen Greene (14) position for a rebound against Oklahoma State's Kamari Murphy (21) in the Jayhawks 80-78 win over Oklahoma State Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. by Mike Yoder

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 12 points, 5/10 FGs, 2/2 FTs, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 4 fouls, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 2 blocks in 38 minutes.

Essentially the lone post player for OSU, the 6-8 forward only had 1 rebound in 38 minutes at KU, back in January.

Murphy averages 6.4 boards this season and surely will make a larger impact in Stillwater. In his last five games, he's averaging 9.8 rebounds to go with 7.2 points.

About 31 percent of his rebounds this season come on the offensive glass, and he makes 57% of his shot attempts — all of which are 2-pointers.

OSU bench

Brian Williams, No. 4

6-5, 210, jr. wing

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins is fouled as he drives around Oklahoma State defender Brian Williams during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins is fouled as he drives around Oklahoma State defender Brian Williams during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

— Jan. 18 vs. KU: 2 points, 1/5 FGs, 0/1 3s, 3 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal in 21 minutes.

Earlier in the season, Williams started for Ford, but that's no longer the case.

He averages 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. While Williams has made 48.6% of his shots overall, he hits just 27.3% of his 3-pointers and doesn't take them too often (3 for 11).

After scoring a season-high 15 points against Iowa State, Williams has gone scoreless in three of his last six outings and hasn't played more than 12 minutes since being moved to the bench.

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