Shockers Host Indiana State

INDIANA STATE (10-7, 4-1 MVC) at rv/- WICHITA STATE (11-5, 5-0 MVC)
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 | 3:00 p.m. CT
Wichita, Kan. / Charles Koch Arena (10,506)

11169 Telecast —
On Air: ESPN3 (available everywhere)
Announcers: Bruce Haertl & Adam Emmenecker

11224 Radio —
On Air: KEYN 103.7 FM
Announcers: Mike Kennedy & Dave Dahl

9223 Social Media —
Twitter: @GoShockers, @GoShockersLive

• First-place Wichita State (11-5, 5-0 MVC) hosts Indiana State (10-7, 4-1 MVC) in a key Missouri Valley Conference battle, 3 p.m. Sunday on ESPN3.
• The Sycamores enter the weekend in a three-way tie for second-place with Evansville and Southern Illinois at 4-1. UE won at Illinois State on Friday to reach 5-1, and an Indiana State win would create a three or possibly even four-way tie atop the MVC standings.
• WSU already downs victories over UE and SIU. A win Sunday would give them a one-game lead in the standings with victories in hand over each of the three nearest challengers.
• The Shockers have a season-best six-game winning streak and are 9-1 since the Dec. 5 return of Fred VanVleet, who missed four November games with a hamstring strain and was slowed in two others.
• WSU is shooting for its 40th-consecutive home victory. The school-record streak is the nation’s second longest (behind Arizona) and qualifies as the fourth-longest in MVC history.
• Gregg Marshall (215 wins in nine seasons at WSU) needs five more victories to match Ralph Miller as the school’s all-time winningest coach.
• The Shockers own active winning streaks of half-a-dozen or more games against seven of their nine MVC rivals, including a current six-game string against ISU. WSU has won 10-of-11 against ISU in Wichita.
• The Shockers have won 20-consecutive MVC home games – five shy of the school record – and are 50-6 in home conference games over the last seven seasons (.893).
• WSU held a +20 rebounding margin at Missouri State on Wednesday, four days after a +15 effort at Southern Illinois. In that stretch, the Shockers have grabbed almost as many offensive rebounds (32) as their opponents have on the defensive end (37).
• WSU enters the weekend ranked eighth nationally in turnover margin (+5.2) and is 18th in scoring defense (62.8 point allowed).
• Beginning with Sunday’s game, the Shockers play four of the next six at home.

WSU has led at halftime in 10-straight games (winning nine of them). Aside from the Dec. 19 Seton Hall game, WSU hasn’t trailed in the second half of any contest since Dec. 1. Notably, the Shockers haven’t faced a halftime deficit on their home floor in over a year, leading at the midway point in 14-consecutive home games, with 10 of those by double-digits. Bradley is the last visitor to claim a halftime lead (28-27 on Jan. 7, 2015), though WSU ultimately won that game by a comfortable 20-point margin.

• The Shockers lead the all-time series 56-29.
• WSU has won six straight and 15 of the last 17 meetings.
• Gregg Marshall is 16-4 against the Sycamores since arriving in Wichita in the spring of 2007 and is 11-2 against Greg Lansing in their five previous years of battle.
• The Sycamores held Ron Baker to to just eight points in two games last year (5 in Wichita, 3 in Terre Haute) on 2-of-17 shooting.

In Wichita…
• WSU is 32-8 against the Sycamores in Wichita.
• ISU scored a 68-55 win on Jan. 29, 2013, but the Shockers have captured 10 of the last 11 on their home floor.

In Terre Haute…
• WSU’s recent run of success in Terre Haute has helped get them over the .500 mark there at 20-18 all-time.
• The Shockers have won a program-best seven-straight games at the Hulman Center, last losing there in February of 2008.

• Picked sixth in the MVC preseason poll, Indiana State followed up a 6-6 non-conference record by winning three of its first four games in league play. The Sycamores have won seven of their last eight, with the lone loss coming in their Dec. 30 MVC opener at Evansville (70-62). Since then, they’ve won four-in-a-row against Loyola, Drake, Illinois State and UNI.
• Leading scorers Devonte Brown (15.3) and Brenton Scott (14.9) have stepped up their game during conference play and are averaging 18.2 and 18.6 points per game, respectively, through the first five contests. Brenton Scott’s 40 threes are tied for the fourth-highest MVC individual total (all games).
• Opponents are shooting a league-low 31.8 percent against ISU from three-point range, and .410 overall from the field (second-lowest behind Evansville’s .409).
• ISU hasn’t been especially accurate, either, shooting just 40.7% for the year (9th in the MVC) and 33.3% from deep (7th).
• WSU and ISU shared two common non-conference opponents. Both teams lost November games to Tulsa during a five-day window (WSU on the road, 77-67, and ISU at home, 67-59), and both won December games at Saint Louis (WSU, 68-53 in VanVleet’s first game back from injury, and ISU, 76-68).

WSU is 5-0 in league play for the third-consecutive year after accomplishing that feat just four times in the previous 68 years combined.

The Shockers have been good at building leads and even better at putting opponents away. In their last two games, they’ve opened the second half with significant runs…

• Jan. 13 at Missouri State – 14-2 run upped a one-point lead to 13
• Jan. 9 at So. Illinois – 15-2 run increased a 14-point lead to 27
• Dec. 31 vs. Drake – 13-2 run pushed an eight-point lead to 19
• Dec. 22 vs. Nevada – 11-4 run pushed a 15-point lead to 22
• Dec. 5 at Saint Louis – 10-1 run upped a seven-point lead to 16

6.8 — VanVleet’s MVC-leading assist average through five conference games (34 total)
2.6 — VanVleet’s MVC-leading steals average through five conference games (13 total)

In back-to-back games last week, WSU held the MVC’s top-two scorers in check. D.J. Balentine and Anthony Beane were a combined 9-of-31 from the field (.290). The Shockers have kept their opponent’s leading scorer under his season average in each of the first five MVC games.

In his first five MVC games, Conner Frankamp has drilled over half of his three-point attempts (13-of-25, .520). His 13 (2.60 per game) are especially impressive considering he averages just 18.0 minutes per game. When he’s on the court, Frankamp has been the league’s most productive distance shooter, averaging 5.78 treys per 40 minutes – better than five entire MVC teams!

3-Pointers per 40 Minutes (MVC Games Only)
Conner Frankamp – 5.78
Drake – 5.60
Missouri State – 5.00
Evansville – 4.60
Loyola – 4.60
Bradley – 4.40

Frankamp is 11-of-20 from long range during the month of January, and his 6.3 treys-per-40 minutes over that stretch is sixth-highest nationally.

3-Pointers per 40 Minutes in January (Min. 60 minutes played)
1. Zac Seljiaas, BYU – 6.8
2. Gabe Vincent, UC-SB – 6.7
3. Taylor Dyson, Hartford – 6.7
4. Adam Smith, Ga. Tech – 6.7
5. Marshall Wood, Richmond – 6.4
6. Conner Frankamp, WSU – 6.3

Baker is on pace to end the year in eighth place on WSU’s all-time scoring list, beginning the day 18 points shy of the 1,400-mark. He needs to average 12.5 points over the rest of the regular season to move into the top-10.

WSU All-Time Scoring List
10. 1,545 — Greg Carney
11. 1,539 — Toure’ Murry
12. 1,471 — Cliff Levingston
13. 1,463 — Sasha Radunovich
14. 1,382 — Ron Baker
15. 1,359 — Jamie Thompson

Baker (210 career three-pointers) became only the third Shocker to reach the 200-mark on Dec. 19 at Seton Hall. Three days later, against Nevada, he moved into sole possession of second-place on WSU’s all-time list. He’s 37 away from Randy Burns and the all-time lead with 13 regular season games left.

WSU All-Time 3-Pointers List
1. 248 — Randy Burns
2. 211 — Ron Baker
3. 200 — Sean Ogirri
4. 197 — Terrell Benton
5. 196 — Jason Perez

A Shocker Win Would…
… be their seventh-straight and 10th win in 11 tries.
… extend their MVC home winning streak to 21 games.
… be Gregg Marshall’s 216th at WSU – four shy of Ralph Miller (220) for the school’s all-time record.
… be their seventh-straight against the Sycamores and their 11th in the last 12 games vs. ISU at Charles Koch Arena.
… improve them to 6-0 in MVC play for the third-consecutive year.
… give senior Evan Wessel sole possession of sixth-place on WSU’s all-time wins list (95) – two behind Garett Stutz for fourth.
… give senior Fred VanVleet 106 victories for his career – one behind Demetric Williams for second on WSU’s all-time list and 14 shy of Tekele Cotton’s school and conference record (120).

A Shocker Loss Would…
…snap a six-game winning streak.
… end a 39-game home winning streak
… end a 20-game MVC home winning streak
…be just their second loss in the last three MVC seasons.
… end a six-game ISU losing skid against WSU.
… be less good than a win.

• WSU travels to Cedar Falls on Wednesday to take on Northern Iowa (7 p.m. CT, Cox Channel Kansas).
• The McLeod Center is the site of WSU’s lone MVC loss in the past three seasons.
• UNI – then ranked 18th nationally – defeated the 12th-ranked Shockers 70-54 on Jan. 31 of last year. The loss snapped WSU’s modern conference record, 27-game MVC winning streak. WSU rebounded to win its last eight MVC games (the last coming against the Panthers in Wichita in the regular season finale) to take the Valley title.
• The Shockers have won seven of the last nine meetings. A win on Wednesday would even the all-time series at 26-all. Bradley (71-67) and Southern Illinois (48-44) are the only other MVC schools with series leads against WSU.
• UNI owns more wins over Gregg Marshall (8) than any other
active Valley school but is still below .500 against him (8-9 in eight previous seasons).
• Cedar Falls is the only MVC road destination where Marshall has a losing mark (3-5, .375).
• WSU is 10-9 (.526) against Ben Jacobson.

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