Wichita St.-Drake Preview

December 30, 2014 - Finding Carter

Perhaps withdrawal a regard of Hawaii and returning to a cold Midwest can solve Wichita State’s cold shooting.

There might not be a improved place to feverishness adult than wintry Des Moines, Iowa.

The 16th-ranked Shockers demeanour to continue their joining prevalence as they face Drake in their Missouri Valley Conference opener on New Year’s Eve.

After racking adult 35 uninterrupted victories before losing to Kentucky in a third spin of final season’s NCAA tournament, Wichita State (10-2) was a exile favorite to win a MVC this deteriorate by earning 45 of a probable 46 first-place votes. It hasn’t been all well-spoken sailing, however.

The Shockers had a unsure opening in a Diamond Head Classic during Honolulu final week. They indispensable a late shot to kick horde Hawaii in overtime in a semifinal and afterwards fell detached late in a 60-54 detriment to George Washington in a championship diversion on Christmas.

Wichita State shot a total 37.0 percent in those games.

”We’ve got to fire a round better, and we can’t spin it over,” manager Gregg Marshall said.

Ron Baker, who averages a team-best 16.6 points, was in a center of Wichita State’s sharpened woes. He shot 9 of 31 and missed 14 of 17 from 3-point operation in a final dual games after sharpened 49.2 percent and 46.0 percent (29 of 63) from over a arc in his initial 10 contests.

Darius Carter, third on a group in scoring during 11.9 points, also struggled to find his shot in a final, going 3 of 10. The 6-foot-7 brazen shot 50.0 percent or improved in 8 of his prior 9 games.

Wichita State would clearly have improved fitness anticipating a sharpened hold opposite a Bulldogs (3-9), who have authorised opponents to fire 54.0 percent in their final 3 losses.

The Shockers had no difficulty offensively opposite Drake final season, sharpened 52.6 percent to win a dual matchups by a total 46 points. Starting ensure Tekele Cotton, who averages 9.3 points, totaled 29 on 13-of-18 shooting.

Wichita State has won a final 5 meetings by an normal of 19.2 points and has victories in 9 of a final 11 matchups.

With a feat in a joining opener, a Shockers would extend their regular-season MVC winning strain to 19 games, a longest in a discussion given Bradley from 1985-87. Wichita State is also perplexing to turn a initial MVC group to win 10 true highway games given Creighton from 1941-46.

“We know what they paint to a conference, as they’ve been a personality in a discussion a final integrate of years,” Drake comparison Gary Ricks Jr. said. “It’s a good event for us. … we know manager (Ray Giacoletti) will come adult with a good devise and it will be adult to us to govern it.”

That seems like a high sequence for a Drake group picked to finish ninth in a 10-team MVC.

Off to a misfortune start given going 3-24 in 1997-98, a Bulldogs were blown out in their sole diversion opposite a ranked enemy this season, descending 83-54 to then-No. 13 Iowa State on Dec. 20.

Drake resolved a non-conference report final Monday with an 84-62 feat over Division III Simpson. Jordan Daniels had a game-high 24 points for a Bulldogs, who shot a season-best 63.8 percent.

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