Oklahoma State basketball: Four things to watch in OSU's game against Kansas

Storylines to watch in Saturday's OSU-Kansas clash at Allen Fieldhouse.
by John Helsley Modified: January 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm •  Published: January 17, 2014

Storylines to watch in Saturday's OSU-Kansas clash at Allen Fieldhouse:

Age Before Beauty? KU's youth flips a recent storyline in the series, with the Cowboys the more veteran squad for a change. And that could be one edge entering one of college basketball's best homecourt advantages.

“Time is flying,” Williams said. “I remember the Elijah Johnsons, the Thomas Robinsons, the Tyshawn Taylors and they were seniors and we were just learning. Some of the games we played them, it got ugly.

“Now we've learned and we're trying to put what we've learned out on the court.”

Size Matters? The Jayhawks own a decided size advantage, with 7-foot center Joel Embiid and 6-8 Perry Ellis posing possible problems inside. KU's guards are big, too.

The Cowboys have combated bigger teams — including Texas — by sending their athletic guards hard to the hole. Expect that again against the Jayhawks, with the hope of creating foul trouble — which has been a problem for Embiid — or getting to the foul line. Or both.

On the defensive end, the Cowboys could resort to more zone in an effort to avoid foul troubles. And they'll need their guards to rebound.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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