Oklahoma basketball: Sooners riding momentum to Kansas State

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

AMES, IA – FEBRUARY 25: Talen Horton-Tucker #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones passes the ball under pressure from Jamuni McNeace #4, and Jamal Bieniemy #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the second half of play at Hilton Coliseum on February 25, 2019 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 78-61 over the Oklahoma Sooners. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

Things have turned around nicely for Oklahoma basketball following a not-so-nice February as the Sooner men head north to Kansas State for the regular-season finale against Kansas State.

OU head coach Lon Kruger heads back to his old stomping grounds and his alma mater, against whom he has not had the best of success in his eight seasons in Norman. Oklahoma is 6-9 against K-State under Kruger and just 1-6 in games in Manhattan, where the Sooners will be on Saturday.

The Sooner head man not only played at Kansas State (1971-74), where he was a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year, but also was head coach of the Wildcats for four seasons (1986-90), leading them to NCAA Tournament appearances all four seasons.

The all-time series between Oklahoma and K-State, which goes back to 1920, has been fairly closely contested, with OU owning a slight advantage, 108-100.

Kansas State prevailed in the earlier game this season in Norman, 74-61, with senior guard Barry Brown, Jr. leading the way scoring a game-high 25 points.

Oklahoma (19-11, 7-10) is coming off an 81-68 drubbing of 13th-ranked Kansas on Tuesday that served as the final nail in the coffin in the Jayhawks’ quest for an unprecedented 15th consecutive Big 12 championship.

Kansas State (23-7, 13-4) enters the final game of the regular season tied with Texas Tech for first place in the conference standings.

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse