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Shockers, Bears prepare for Top 25 clash

WACO, Texas — No. 8/8 Wichita State (5-1) travels to No. 16/16 Baylor (5-1) for a top-25 clash at the Ferrell Center.

The 1 p.m. CT tip will air on ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein (pbp), Reid Gettys (analyst) and Brooke Weisbrod (sideline).

The Voice of the Shockers, Mike Kennedy calls his 1,163rd consecutive game on radio, alongside Bob Hull. Catch the action on 103.7 FM KEYN in Wichita or online at GoShockers.com/Listen.

 

STARTING FIVE:

1 —– ROAD WARRIORS:
Since the start of the 2013-14, the Shockers own the most true road wins (41-6) and highest true road winning percentage (.872) in Division I. WSU has been the decade’s best road team at 67-14 (.827) since the start of the 2010-11 campaign. Per Warren Nolan, WSU’s six-game road winning streak is tied for the second-longest in Division I.

2 —– SERIES NOTES:
This is the start of a home-and-home series between the two programs. Baylor makes a return trip to Wichita in 2018… The series is tied at 2-2 overall… Gregg Marshall is 0-1 against Baylor. The Bears defeated the Shockers 64-55 in the first round of the 2007 Paradise Jam in Marshall’s second game (and first loss) as WSU head coach…  The teams last met on the mainland in December, 1960… This is WSU’s first-ever visit to Waco…  Marshall is 4-3 overall against the Big 12 as Shocker head coach… This is the first of three games against Big 12 teams in 2017-18. The Shockers play at Oklahoma State (Saturday, Dec. 9) and host Oklahoma (Saturday, Dec. 16).

3 —– MARGIN IN CHARGE:
Baylor ranked fourth nationally in rebound margin last year. WSU was second… This year’s Shockers have outrebounded all six opponents this year (five of them by double-digits) and lead the nation in margin at +18.2… In Tuesday’s win over Savannah State, the Shockers outrebounded the Tigers, 67-31. The +36 margin was the second-highest in school history — one shy of the school record set in 1962. WSU’s 67 total boards was the most this year in a game involving two Division I teams and marked the program’s highest single-game total in nearly 55 years… WSU’s Rashard Kellyaverages 4.17 offensive rebounds per game — tied for seventh nationally.

4 —– WSU vs. THE AP TOP-25:
The Shockers try for their first true road win over a top-25 opponent since Feb. 11, 2012 when they upset No. 12 Creighton in Omaha, 89-68. They’ve had only two other opportunities since then. A victory Saturday would be the program’s first non-conference road win over a top-25 foe since the 2006-07 season under Mark Turgeon when they took down No. 20 LSU and No. 15 Syracuse on consecutive Saturdays… WSU is 12-16 against AP Top-25 teams under Marshall. That includes a 9-9 record since the start of the 2011-12 season when they began their run of NCAA Tournaments.

5 —– A BROKEN RECORD:
Conner Frankamp has connected on a three-pointer in each of his last 28 games. If he hits one Saturday, Frankamp will tie Landry Shamet‘s school record (29). Shamet, in turn,  broke Ron Baker’s record (27) last week but came up empty two nights later in the loss to Notre Dame.

RANDOM KNOWLEDGE:        
***Shaquille Morris has recorded a block in 12-straight games, dating back to February of last season. It’s the longest streak of the Marshall Era, topping Ehimen Orupke’s 10-game stretch in 2012-13.
***Rashard Kelly has finished with double-digit rebounds in three of his last four games. His double-double against Savannah State (12 pts, 10 reb) was the first of his career, and he did it in just 16 minutes.
***Rauno Nurger‘s eight rebounds vs. Savannah State were a career-high.

MATCHUP MASHUP:  
***In the summer of 2017, Zach Brown did a 13-day Athletes in Action tour through the Czech Republic and Poland with Baylor’s Tyson Jolly.
***Baylor makes a return trip to Wichita in 2018. It stands to be Charles Koch Arena’s first visit from a Big 12 team since a win over Nebraska in the 2011 NIT and the first regular season game since December, 2009 when the Shockers upset nationally-ranked Texas Tech. (INTRUST Bank Arena hosted last year’s home game with OSU and will host this year’s with OU).
***The Bears have won 19 of their last 21 at the Ferrell Center… Baylor is 3-0 at home this year and was 16-2 last year. Both losses came to schools from the state of Kansas.: Feb. 18, 2017 (Kansas, 67-65) and  Feb. 4, 2017 (Kansas State, 56-54)

WORST. NOTE. EVER. 
***Dec. 2nd (12-3, .800), 5th (16-3, .842) and 9th (13-3, .813) are WSU’s three most successful dates, by percentage (minimum 10 GP). The Shockers play games on all three over the next eight days.

DEADLY DEFENSE:
***WSU has ranked in the top-15 nationally in scoring defense in each of the last four seasons.
***WSU has won 25-straight games when scoring at least 70 points, dating back to December of 2016.

BOARDING SCHOOL   
10 — Consecutive seasons that the Shockers have led their conference in rebounding margin.
+18.2— 2017-18 rebounding margin, No. 1 nationally.
+9.0 — WSU’s rebound margin in 2016-17, 2nd nationally behind UNC. The Shockers have finished in the top-10 four times in the last seven years.
6 — Times WSU was outrebounded in 2016-17 (36 GP).
82.3% — Percentage of games in which the Shockers have finished even-or-better on the boards over the last six seasons (153-of-186).

THE SHOCKS, IN SHORT:
***Landry Shamet (14.2) and Shaquille Morris (13.7) lead the Shocker scoring.
Rashard Kelly is averaging a team-high 9.0 rebounds, and his 4.2 offensive rebounds per game leads the American and rank seventh nationally.
***Conner Frankamp averages a team-high 3.3 assists and has a 5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (second in the American lead and 17th nationally).
***Morris’ 2.6 blocks lead the American and rank 23rd in the nation.
***The Shockers lead the nation in rebounding margin (+18.2) and also lead The American in scoring offense (90.0), field goal percentage (.506), assists (19.3) and defensive rebound percentage (.810).

THREES COMPANY:    
***Conner Frankamp‘s 119 three-pointers rank 16th on WSU’s career list. He needs 16 more to crack the top-10.

POLL NOTES:
***The Shockers dropped two spots in both the AP and Coaches Polls and now rank No. 8 in each.
***Last week’s No. 6 ranking was the school’s highest since March 17, 2014 when the Shockers entered the NCAA Tournament at No. 2 in both polls.
***WSU opened at No. 7 in the AP preseason rankings and No. 8 in the Coaches’ — its highest starting point since the ’81-82 season.
***This is the Shockers’ 22nd AP Top-10 appearance under Marshall (all since 2013-14).

NON-CONFERENCE NOTABLE:
***Since 2011-12, the Shockers are 66-14 (.825) in regular season non-conference games.

A SHOCKER WIN WOULD…
… Make WSU 6-1
… Improve Gregg Marshall‘s record against the Big 12 (as WSU head coach) to 5-3.
… Extend the Shockers’ road winning streak to seven games.
… Improve WSU’s road record to 42-6 since the start of the 2013-14 season and 68-14 since the 2010-11 campaign.
… Give WSU a 3-2 lead in the all-time series.
… Be the Shockers’ first true road win over an AP top-25 opponent since Feb. 11, 2012 (at No. 12 Creighton) and their first non-conference true road win over a ranked team since Dec. 2, 2006 at No. 15 Syracuse.

A SHOCKER LOSS WOULD…
… Make WSU 5-2
… Drop Marshall’s record against the Big 12 (as WSU head coach)  to 4-4.
… Snap a six-game road winning streak and be the Shockers first true road loss since Jan. 14, 2017 at Illinois State.
… Be just the seventh true road loss for the Shockers in the last five seasons (42-7).
… Give Baylor a 3-2 lead in the all-time series.
… Be less good than a win.

UP NEXT:
WSU returns home to face South Dakota State (7-2). The Jackrabbits own wins over Ole Miss (99-97 OT) and Iowa (80-72). Their only losses have come against Kansas (98-64) and Wyoming (77-65). Mike Daum ranked third nationally in scoring last year at over 25 points per game. WSU defeated SDSU last December, 89-67, at Charles Koch Arena.

The game will air on YurView Kansas (Cox HD 2022).

 


 

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