It’s gameday in OKC!
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) December 10, 2016
When it comes to mid-major basketball programs, Wichita State continues to set the pace. Often times leaning on experience over top tier talent, the Shockers found themselves with a No. 11 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Handling Vanderbilt as a part of the First Four, WSU baffled the Arizona Wildcats in the round of 64 securing a spot against No. 3 Miami. However, that’s where the fun ended.
Needless to say, the Shockers are no foreigners to big time match ups against big time programs. On Saturday afternoon, they’ll face the Oklahoma Sooners on a neutral court. Looking to replace the 26.2 points per game of Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet, the program turns to young talent.
Redshirt freshman Landry Shemet remains the player to watch during this season. Yet, it’s sophomore Marcus McDuffie leading the way in scoring to the tune of 11.1 points per game. With only one other player averagind double figures in scoring, there is plenty of room for growth from across the board.
Shaquille Morris anchors a team the outrebounded opponents by a +4 margin throughout the course of 2015-2016. He’ll look to continue shooting high percentage shots while removing the the threat of fast breaks and second chance points by cleaning the boards.
With their only losses coming to perennial powers, the Shockers style of play continues to challenge even the toughest of opponents. Tipoff is set for 3:00 PM CST on ESPN2. Who will win the All College Classic between the Shockers and the Oklahoma Sooners.