After wrapping up their non-conference schedule with an 11-2 record, the Kansas State Wildcats will play host to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday afternoon to officially open their Big 12 Conference slate.
The Wildcats enter in search of their fifth consecutive win, following a four-game stretch that includes a hard-fought victory over a Florida Gators team with national title aspirations. Kansas State remains one of the most prolific teams in America when it comes to grabbing offensive rebounds, and currently leads all Big 12 schools with an impressive 43.7 percent offensive rebounding rate.
Although no player on head coach Bruce Weber's roster averages more than seven rebounds per game, as many as eight players each haul down an average of three boards on a nightly basis.
Set for the first of two scheduled meetings this season, Kansas State pulled out victories in both games against the Cowboys a year ago in league play. This time around, however, the Cowboys will have the services of star freshman Marcus Smart, a 6'4 scoring guard currently averaging 13.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.
One of the top prospects in America coming out of high school in Texas, Smart posted a career-high 23 points in a narrow loss to Gonzaga on New Year's Eve and will be a player to watch on Saturday.
When: Saturday, Jan. 5
Where: Fred Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan.
Game Time: 12:30 p.m. CT
TV channel: Watch ESPN