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Kansas State Wildcats vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/4/14

Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-1) at Kansas State Wildcats (10-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)

The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The sixth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys try to fend off some recent turmoil when they meet the Kansas State Wildcats Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

When the 12-1 Cowboys take the court Saturday to open conference play, they’ll be without top post defender Michael Cobbins, who was lost for the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in Ok State’s 92-66 win over Robert Morris Monday. The junior C averaged 4.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and a team-leading 1.5 blocks per game. The Cowboys could also be without freshman point guard Stevie Clark, whose status for the game is unknown after he was arrested for possession of Marijuana Wednesday morning. Clark has averaged 7.0 points and 3.7 assists in backing up All-American sophomore Marcus Smart. In a word, though, the Cowboys have been dominant, sandwiching their only loss of the season to Memphis Dec. 1, with winning streaks of seven and five games. Led by Smart and his 17.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 4.1 apg, Ok State ranks 7th nationally with 86.8 ppg on an 8th-ranked 50 percent from the field.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/4/14

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Meanwhile, Kansas State has put together a streak of its own in reaching a record of 10-3. After consecutive losses to Charlotte and Georgetown in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Nov. 21 and 22, the Wildcats reeled off eight straight, including impressive wins over Ole Miss, #21 Gonzaga and a72-55 rout of George Washington in their last outing. On the season, K-State is averaging 67.4 ppg on 41 percent shooting and freshman G Marcus Foster has led the way with 13.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg.

Ok State is currently a 7 point favorite in this one and the distractions won't have any impact. The Cowboys are just a far more talented team, averaging over 19 more points a game than K-State and shooting at a much higher percentage. And they won't miss a beat without Cobbins as his backup, sophomore Kamari Murphy, brings the same 6-8 length and even more scoring and rebounding ability. Oh yeah and the Cowboys have one of the five best players in the country. Look for Ok State to cover.

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