No. 9 Kansas State at No. 13 Oklahoma State
• WHEN/WHERE: 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.
• TV/RADIO: KMCI (Ch. 38); WHB (810 AM)
• ABOUT KANSAS STATE (25-5, 14-3 Big 12): Here are the Wildcats’ championship scenarios: A victory and a Kansas loss will give them an outright title, while victories or losses from both K-State and Kansas will give them a shared championship. … Will Spradling will play against Oklahoma State, but maybe not as much as usual. Spradling, who missed the last game because of a bruised sternum, averages nearly 30 minutes but may only be able to play 15-20, according to K-State coach Bruce Weber. … Rodney McGruder had his best game of the season against Oklahoma State in January. He made five three-pointers and scored a season-high 28 points. Nino Williams also performed well, coming off the bench to score 17 points.
• ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (22-7, 12-5 Big 12): The Cowboys have been tough to beat at home. Their only losses were to No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 4 Kansas. … K-State won at Gallagher-Iba last year, but hasn’t had much success in Stillwater lately. Before then, it hadn’t won at Oklahoma State since 1993. … Freshman Marcus Smart has been Oklahoma State’s best player. He is a contender for Big 12 player of the year and the national freshman of the year. … Markel Brown leads the team in scoring and has brought much-needed experience to the roster. … In their first meeting this season, the Cowboys led the Wildcats 32-30 at halftime but couldn’t contain Rodney McGruder in the second half at Bramlage Coliseum.
• BOTTOM LINE: K-State has worked all season to make this game meaningful. How it handles the pressure of the moment may decide the outcome.
| Kellis Robinett, email@example.com