No. 8 seed Kansas State vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State
▪ WHEN/WHERE: 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sprint Center
▪ TV/RADIO: ESPNU; WHB (810 AM)
▪ ABOUT KANSAS STATE (16-15, 5-13 Big 12): The Wildcats dropped their final game of the regular season at Texas Tech. They hope the friendlier surroundings at the Sprint Center will help them win their first Big 12 Tournament game since 2013, when they advanced to the championship game. Coach Bruce Weber says K-State will need better play out of Barry Brown at point guard. He is one of the team’s top scorers, but Weber wants Brown to focus more on directing the offense. Depth has been an issue for K-State all season, but Weber says he won’t try and rest players for a longer run in the Big 12 Tournament. “We are beyond that point,” Weber said. “It is just going to come down to having passion, having energy, playing together, playing as a team and finding a way to get a win and move forward.”
▪ ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (12-19, 3-15 Big 12): The Cowboys are nearing the end of a difficult season. Oklahoma State has struggled mightily without its top two scorers, Phil Forte and Jawun Evans. Coach Travis Ford has kept games competitive by slowing it down on offense and asking players to shoot late into possessions, but victories have been hard to come by. Oklahoma State has played in front of dwindling crowds at home games this season, causing many to speculate on Ford’s future.
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