With another primetime Big 12 matchup for the Oklahoma State Cowboys tomorrow night, head coach Travis Ford will yet again need his guards to outplay his opponent’s backcourt. This time, the Cowboys core group four perimeter players will need to outplay Kansas State’s dynamic guards Rodney McGruder and Angel Rodriguez.
The entirety of the college basketball world knows just how talented the guys on the perimeter for OK-State are, but which game will they bring? Will Markel Brown, Marcus Smart, Le’Bryan Nash and Phil Forte combine for 55-plus points, or will that crop come up short and shoot below 20 percent from beyond the arc?
The Cowboys are coming off an 87-76 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones in which they shot just 4-23 (17.4 percent) from beyond the arc. In that game, OK-State also only received a pretty inefficient shooting performance from their four star guards in particular. Brown, Smart, Nash and Forte combined to shoot just 19-52 from the field (36.5 percent), Only Nash, who made 5 of 8 attempts from the floor, shot above 40 percent from the field.
Now, these four Cowboys will need to outplay the two standouts on the perimeter for K-State. When four players go up against two, wouldn’t it make sense that the Cowboys have the advantage?
McGruder and Rodriguez average a combined 26.3 points per game for the Wildcats while the four star guards for OK-State combine to average a whopping 55.0 points per game.
These guards just need to get the job done.