Jan 28, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats forward Victor Ojeleye (10) and Oklahoma Sooners guard Cameron Clark (21) wait for a rebound during a game at Bramlage Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: OU basketball heads north for a date with Kansas State

Three games in to Big 12 play and the Sooners are 2-1. Which is not a bad start for a team forced to begin their conference slate with the Texas Longhorns in Austin, #15 Kansas Jayhawks, and #8 Iowa State Cyclones.

As the country has seen, though, this conference is competitive. And there are no guaranteed wins.

The 25th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners head to the Little Apple for a road contest against the Kansas State Wildcats inside the Fred Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats are 12-4 this season and should have a sour taste in their mouth following a blowout loss to their intrastate rivals Kansas Jayhawks. However, Kansas State will be facing another high-powered offense.

Oklahoma went out Saturday and knocked off a top-ten team in Iowa State, and their offense was a huge part of it. The Sooners shot the three ball effectively, and did just enough defensively to hand the Cyclones their first loss of the season.

Things may not come as easy against K-State, though.

While the Sooners have one of the best offenses in the country, the Wildcats have been playing some great defense this year.

Kansas State have surrendered the least amount of points in the Big 12 this season with an average of 59.8 points allowed per contest. However, their offense has scored the least amount of points in the conference.

The Wildcats will want to slow down the pace, so it’s key for OU to force K-State to go out and run with them.

Marcus Foster will be a key ingredient to the Cats’ success, a freshman guard who leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game.

Thomas Gipson (11.8 pts, 6.3 reb) and Shane Southwell (10.7 pts, 4.8 reb, 3.2 ast) are, also, players to watch out for tonight.

Oklahoma is going to need another big game out of Ryan Spangler if Kansas State’s defense can slow down OU’s fast-paced attack. Cameron Clark’s stock continues to rise, and on a national stage, Clark can gain more fans with a big performance.

The Sooners and Wildcats tip off at 6 p.m. CST in Manhattan, KS. This Big 12 contest will televised on ESPN 2 and streamed on WatchESPN.

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