Indiana State (14-3) at (5) Wichita State (18-0)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 18, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Charles Koch Arena (10,506) -- Wichita, Kansas.
Television: ESPN2. Home Record: ISU 7-0, Wichita State 11-0. Away Record: ISU
6-2, Wichita State 5-0. Neutral Record: ISU 1-1, Wichita State 2-0. Conference
Record: ISU 5-0, Wichita State 5-0. Series Record: Wichita State leads, 51-29.
GAME NOTES: First place in the Missouri Valley Conference will be put on the
line on Saturday afternoon, as the fifth-ranked Wichita State Shockers welcome
the Indiana State Sycamores to Charles Koch Arena.
Indiana State has won seven straight games overall, which includes a flawless
5-0 start in the MVC. It is also an impressive 6-2 on the road, but it has yet
to face a task as difficult as this matchup with a top-five team. The
Sycamores last played on Wednesday night and made easy work of Missouri State
at home, 70-55.
At 18-0, Wichita State is one of just three remaining unbeaten teams in
Division I, joining Arizona and Syracuse. The Shockers remained perfect
following a Tuesday night victory at home versus Bradley, 72-50, to keep pace
with Indiana State in the MVC at 5-0.
The season series was split in 2012-13, with each team winning on the road.
Wichita State holds a 51-29 over Indiana State all-time.
The Sycamores opened up a comfortable 12-point lead at the half of their most
recent contest and their advantage was never threatened in the second stanza
by Missouri State. They shot a stellar 48.2 percent from the field in the
triumph and their strong defensive effort was highlighted by allowing Missouri
State to drain only 2-of-14 from 3-point range. Manny Arop, Dawon Cummings and
Khristian Smith all poured in 14 points to pace the effort, while Demetrius
Moore was also solid with 12 points and seven rebounds.
On the season, Indiana State has performed very well on both ends of the
floor, as they shoot a lofty 48.7 percent from the field for 76.7 ppg, while
allowing a mere 68.4 ppg on 44.7 percent shooting. It also owns positive
margins in terms of rebounding (+1.9) and turnovers (+1.6). The balanced squad
has five players averaging in double figures, led by Arop and Jake Odum at
12.5 ppg, with Odum also boasting an excellent assist (88) to turnover (33)
ratio. Justin Gant (11.3 ppg) and Smith (10.6 ppg) both shoot greater than 50
percent from the field, while Cummings (10.9 ppg) has drained 28 3-pointers at
a 38.9 percent clip.
It was far from Wichita State's most impressive offensive outing earlier in
the week, as it shot just 39.6 percent from the floor, but it still cruised to
a 22-point victory by holding Bradley to a mere 35.2 percent shooting and by
winning both the rebounding (41-31) and the turnover (13-9) battles. Fred
VanVleet led the charge with 22 points (on 7-of-10 from the field), seven
rebounds and three assists. Darius Carter helped out in just 14 minutes off
the bench with 11 points.
To no one's surprise, the Shockers have dominated both ends of the court this
season en route to their perfect record, as they outshoot their opponents from
the field, 44.7 percent to 39.7 percent, for a +15.1 scoring margin. Adding to
their impressive resume its their strong margins in the rebounding (+7.9) and
turnover (+3.8) departments, but if they have one weakness it comes from
beyond the arc, where they shoot just 32.7 percent. Cleanthony Early has
proven himself to be one of the MVC's top forwards with 16.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg,
while shooting 82.6 percent from the free-throw line. VanVleet and Ron
Baker patrol the perimeter with 12.8 ppg apiece, and the duo have combined to
hand out 8.5 apg. Tekele Cotton narrowly misses the double-digit scorer's club
with 9.6 ppg.
Indiana State has an opportunity in this one to make claim to the top spot in
the MVC by downing one of the nation's top teams. However, as dominant as
Wichita State has played this season, especially at Koch Arena, don't expect
that to happen.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wichita State 72, Indiana State 65
01/18 10:35:18 ET
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