One of Kansas' primary goals Saturday was to limit Keiton Page's opportunities to shoot.
While OSU has seen more scoring options revealed in recent weeks, Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Page is still the guy to contain on defense.
Self also spoke of his respect for Page.
“I've known of Keiton for a long time,” Self said. “If I'm not mistaken, he is in the top 10 in Oklahoma State scoring history. I'm a little disappointed he passed me the second game of his sophomore season in the scoring ranks, but I think he is certainly one of those guys that I admire.
“I love guys like that who are tough. He gets everyone's best shot, everyone's best defender every night and he still finds a way to get his shot off.”
The Cowboys continue a two-game road stretch Wednesday at Missouri.
Game time in Columbia is 8 p.m. with a telecast on ESPN2.
OSU won the first meeting, knocking off the then-No. 2 Tigers 79-72 in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Knowing that KU big man Thomas Robinson would be paired defensively with a smaller man, OSU planned to get whoever he guarded involved off picks and screens.
That also involved the 5-foot-8 Page, who found himself run over by the 6-10, 240-pound Robinson during one attempt at a screen.
“Not good. Not good at all,” Page said. “That was the game plan coming in, for me to set more screens, because we knew Thomas was going to have to either guard Brian Williams or Le'Bryan Nash. So the game plan was for me to come in and set some screens for those guys.
“He got hold of me on that first one over there by Kansas' bench, and it didn't feel very good.”
The game plan was not Page's idea.
“It was Coach (Travis) Ford's,” Page said. “I was all for it until he leveled me like that.”