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Missouri State (19-10) at (2) Wichita State (30-0)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Koch Arena (10,506) -- Wichita, Kansas. Television: ESPN. Home Record: MSU 14-2, WSU 16-0. Away Record: MSU 4-7, WSU 12-0. Neutral Record: MSU 1-1, WSU 2-0. Conference Record: MSU 9-8, WSU 17-0. Series Record: Wichita State leads, 33-30.

GAME NOTES: The second-ranked Wichita State Shockers will finish off their historic regular season on Saturday when they welcome in the Missouri State Bears to Koch Arena for a Missouri Valley Conference clash.

On Tuesday, Wichita State rolled over Bradley, 69-49, to improve to 30-0 this season. The Shockers are the first team in Division I history to post a record of 30-0 in the regular season. If they win here, they would also set a program record for wins in a season, braking the mark of 30 set by last year's team that went all the way to the Final Four.

Although they have not had the unprecedented success of Wichita State, the Bears are still a team that has enjoyed a strong season. Missouri State is 19-10 overall, although it has had trouble with consistency in league play (9-8). This is also the regular-season finale for Missouri State.

Wichita State is a perfect 17-0 in league play, with only three of those wins coming by single digits. One of those contests came against the Bears, who narrowly lost to the Shockers, 72-69, in overtime back on Jan. 11. Wichita State has won six straight against Missouri State and leads the all-time series, 33-30.

Missouri State was also in action on Tuesday, earning a 72-56 win against Loyola-Chicago for its second straight victory. The Bears connected on an even 50 percent of their shots from the floor and assisted on 17 of their 28 field goals. Christian Kirk went 7-of-8 from the floor and scored a team-high 16 points in 20 minutes off the bench.

There has not been an overabundance of offensive firepower for Missouri State this season. The Bears are scoring 71 ppg, while shooting 44.3 percent from the floor. They have managed to keep their opponents below 70 ppg and 45 percent shooting as well. Jarmar Gulley (14.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg) is normally the player that does much of the heavy lifting on offense. Although he struggled with his shot (4-of-11), he still finished with 10 points to go with 10 rebounds and five assists against Loyola. The Bears have had trouble finding a reliable second option since Marcus Marshall (14.3 ppg) was lost to knee surgery in mid-January.

As they have all season, the Shockers dominated both ends of the floor in knocking off Bradley. Wichita State limited the Braves to 27.1 percent shooting and only eight field goals in each half. The Shockers coupled that with a 48.9 percent shooting effort, which included a 10-of-21 showing from 3- point range.

Gregg Marshall has always been a coach that preaches defense and this year's squad has really bought in. The Shockers are 14th in the country in scoring defense (60.4 ppg) and 25th in opponent field goal percentage (.397). At the other end of the floor, they lead the MVC in scoring (75.6 ppg), while also holding the top spot on the glass (38.6 rpg) among conference teams. Cleanthony Early (15.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg) is the leading scorer among a group of four averaging in double figures. Ron Baker (13.1 ppg, 3.2 apg), Fred VanVleet (12.3 ppg, 5.2 apg, 2 spg) and Tekele Cotton (10.5 ppg) round out the rotation.

Even with a home crowd behind it, Missouri State could not find a way to knock off Wichita State earlier this season. With how well the Shockers play at both ends, it is unlikely the Bears can pull off the upset now that they are on the road.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wichita State 75, Missouri State 61

03/01 11:05:09 ET

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1st
SFG 0
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
 
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
 
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 38
 
2nd
CLEM 3
SYR 3
 
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LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
2nd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
2nd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 13
 
2nd
AUB 7
SCAR 7
 
1st
PSU 0
OSU 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
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HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 3
DAL 2
 
2nd
PHI 0
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
2nd
MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 0
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st
MIN 0
TAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
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CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14