Mar 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Angel Rodriguez (13) shoots a free throw in the second half of the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Kansas State won 68-57. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Basketball: Kansas State Game Preview

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. central time, the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks and second-seeded Kansas State Wildcats battle for the third time this season. The first two encounters ended in Jayhawks victories, now the third time is for the Big 12 conference tournament title.  The game will be televised by ESPN.

Kansas State defeated Oklahoma State, 68-57 on Friday night in the conference tournament semifinals. Kansas beat Iowa State, 88-73. The Jayhawks improved to 28-5 on the year, and Kansas State is right behind at 27-6.

The Wildcats are led by do-everything guard Rodney McGruder who has played marginally well vs Kansas this season. McGruder scored 20 points in the teams second meeting on Feb. 11th, an 83-62 win for the Jayhawks. Next up, McGruder totaled 13 points on 4-12 shooting in a 59-55 loss to Kansas as the team’s first met in Manhattan on Jan. 15th. Overall, McGruder is averaging 15 points, and five rebounds per contest. Wildcats point guard Angel Rodriguez is also enjoying a great season, averaging 12 points and six assists per game. The guard scored 17 points to go with six rebounds and four assists on Friday night.

Kansas will look to cement their status as a top-seed in the NCAA tournament with a win. Jayhawks center Jeff Withey and guard Ben McLemore both led the way for the team as they dominated Kansas State in the team’s latest meeting. This one tomorrow should prove to be much more interesting as both teams want this title.


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