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Shockers, Jackrabbits to square off tonight

WICHITA – No. 6/6 Wichita State (6-1) plays host to South Dakota State (7-3), Tuesday evening at Charles Koch Arena.

The 7 p.m. CT tip will air on YurView Kansas, available in the Wichita area on Cox HD 2022, in Kansas City on Spectrum Sports 2, and on other Cox/YurView affiliates throughout the region (check local listings). Fans beyond the Kansas border can stream the game via ESPN3. Shane Dennis and Bob Hull have the call.

The Voice of the Shockers, Mike Kennedy calls his 1,164th consecutive game on radio, alongside Dave Dahl. Catch the action on 103.7 FM KEYN in Wichita or online at GoShockers.com/Listen.

 

STARTING FIVE:

1 — BUILDING ON BAYLOR:
Wichita State is coming off a strong showing at  No. 16 Baylor. Saturday’s 69-62 victory was the program’s first true road win over a top-25 foe since February, 2012 (at No. 12 Creighton) and its first in the non-conference since winning back-to-back games at No. 20 LSU and No. 15 Syracuse early in the 2006-07 campaign… The Shocker win also ended Baylor’s 46-game non-conference home winning streak.. Conner Frankampwent 5-of-8 from three and scored a team-high 17 points. Shaquille Morris (15 pts), Landry Shamet (11 pts 7 assists) and Darral Willis Jr. (11 pts, 6 reb) joined him in double-figures.

2 — POLL POWER: 
The Baylor win netted the Shockers two spots in both major polls. WSU’s No. 6 ranking on the AP and Coaches lists matches its season high from two weeks ago… The NCAA released its first RPI report for 2017-18 on Monday. The Shockers sit at No. 24. They’re 0-1 in “quadrant 1” games (home vs. 1-30, neutral vs. 1-50, road vs. 1-75).

3 — MARGIN IN CHARGE: 
Wichita State leads the nation in rebound margin (+15.9) through seven games. The Shockers have outebounded 12-straight opponents dating back to last season. Last Tuesday’s +36 margin against Savannah State was the program’s highest since 1962 — one shy of the school record… They were +3 on Saturday against a Baylor team that ranked fourth nationally in that category a year ago.

4 — ONE MORE THREE FOR HISTORY:
Senior guard Conner Frankamp has connected on a three-pointer in 29-straight games — tying Landry Shamet‘s recently-established school record. If Frankamp hits one Tuesday night, he’ll own the record outright. The Wichita native was named to this week’s American Athletic Conference Honor Roll.

5 — BUILDING STREAKS: 
The Shockers have won 13-straight at home, last losing to Oklahoma State on Dec. 17, 2016 at INTRUST Bank Arena. Their streak is one of the nation’s 10-longest… WSU’s 22-game Charles Koch Arena winning streak is tied for the second-longest in the building’s 63-year history (from Feb. 18, 1982 to Dec. 22, 1983 the Shockers won 22-in-a-row at then Henry Levitt Arena)… The Shockers have won 42-straight non-conference games at Koch Arena, last losing in February, 2011 to Final Four bound VCU.

THE SERIES WITH SOUTH DAKOTA STATE:  
The teams meet for the second straight year but for just the third time overall… WSU leads 2-0 (2-0 in Wichita)… Just shy of 40 years ago (Dec. 21, 1977) at then-Levitt Arena, the Shockers defeated SDSU 104-83. Cheese Johnson led a group of five double-digit scorers with 21 points… Landry Shamet‘s six three-pointers lifted WSU over SDSU in the 2016 meeting.

Date (Location) — Result:
12/21/1977 (Wichita) — W, 104-83
12/22/2016 (Wichita) — W, 89-67

SCOUTING THE JACKRABBITS:          
South Dakota State is 7-3 with wins vs. Iowa (80-72 at the Cayman Island Classic) at Ole Miss (99-97 in OT). The Jackrabbits had won four-straight prior to Saturday’s 73-53 setback against Missouri State at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D… SDSU is one of three preseason league favorites on WSU’s 2017-18 non-conference schedule, along with College of Charleston (Colonial) and Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN)… T.J. Otzelberger enters his second year as head coach. He replaced Scott Nagy, who left for Wright State after a 21-year run… Otzelberger spent a year working under former WSU assistant Greg Heiar at Chipola Junior College, and the pair led Chipola to a 33-4 record and a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson… SDSU shrugged off a disappointing sixth-place finish in last year’s Summit League regular season race by winning the league’s tournament title for a second straight year… The Jackrabbits have played in four of the last six NCAA Tournaments, including back-to-back. Last March, as a No. 16 seed, they fell to top-seed Gonzaga in the first round… Summit League Player of the Year, Mike Daum ranked third nationally in scoring as a sophomore at over 25 points per game and set the school’s single season points record (878)… Daum scored a season low seven points on 3-of-14 shooting in the loss, snapping a string of 23-straight double-figure scoring games.

LAST MEETING WITH SDSU (Dec. 22, 2016, WSU 89, SDSU 67):
Landry Shamet scored a career-high 21 points on six three-pointers. He became just the 22nd Shocker to connect on 6+ triples in a game… For the second time, the Shockers tied the school’s single-game three-point record with 15 makes on 34 attempts (they also hit 15 in the win over MDES)… WSU finished non-conference play at 10-3… The Shockers shot 54% from the field with 24 assists on 34 baskets… Markis McDuffie scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go with seven boards and five steals. Darral Willis Jr. missed out on back-to-back double-doubles, ending with 14 points and nine rebounds. Conner Frankamp finished with 13 points, four assists, and Zach Brown chipped in 10 and six assists… SDSU (7-8) went on to earn an NCAA bid as a No. 16 seed by winning the Summit League Tournament… High-scoring sophomore Mike Daum (who ended the year ranked third nationally in scoring) finished with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. It was five points below his final season average (25.1)… The Shockers led by as many as 15 before halftime on the way to a 44-32 lead at the break.

A SHOCKER WIN WOULD…   
… Improve their record to 7-1
… Give them a 3-0 lead on SDSU in the all-time series.
… Extend their home winning streak to 14 games.
… Extend their Charles Koch Arena streak to 23 — the second longest in the building’s history.
… Make them 63-1 at CKA over the last five seasons.

A SHOCKER LOSS WOULD…  
… Make WSU 6-2
… Snap a 13-game home winning streak, and be their first loss since Feb. 13, 2016 vs. UNI.
… Snap a 22-game Charles Koch Arena winning streak and be their first loss since Feb. 13, 2016 vs. UNI.
… Be just their second CKA loss in the last five seasons.
… Be their first CKA loss to a non-conference opponent since a February, 2011 BracketBusters setback against VCU, snapping a 42-game streak.
… Be less good than a win.

UP NEXT:
The Shocker play back-to-back Saturdays against Big 12 opponents, beginning this weekend with a 3 p.m. CT tip at Oklahoma State (ESPN2). Oklahoma invades INTRUST Bank Arena on Dec. 16 (3 p.m. CT, ESPN2). Both OU and OSU earned votes in the latest AP Top-25 poll.

 


 

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