|Missouri State||A Downing 13.8||K Pickens 4.7||A Downing 2.7|
|Wichita State||C Early 14.5||C Hall 7.0||M Armstead 4.0|
Wichita State takes on Missouri State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Tournament at Scottrade Center on Friday. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. EST and you can see it on MVC Network. The Shockers defeated the Bears 79-50 on Feb. 9 and are 9-3 against them over the past four years.
The Shockers fell 91-79 to Creighton on Mar. 2. Demetric Williams finished with 18 points and six assists in the loss. He is putting up 8.8 points per game while also averaging 2.6 rebounds per game. For the Bears, Christian Kirk finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in the 61-53 win over Southern Illinois on Mar. 7. He is averaging 8.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
In terms of team stats, Wichita State has an advantage in two key areas. The Shockers will put a stronger offensive effort on the floor with an edge against the Bears in rebounding, 37.9 per game to 29.9 per game. In addition, Wichita State has an advantage in scoring, 69.7 points per game to 59.6 points per game.
However, the Bears don't turn it over as often, 10 per game to 13 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Missouri State is strong in turnover percentage at 16.5. This is good enough for first in the conference and 15th in the nation.
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- Wichita State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (71.6 percent to 53.0 percent).
- Even computers respect Wichita State more. Wichita State has a better RPI this season than Missouri State (RPI: No. 39 vs. No. 200).
- AP voters think more highly of Wichita State and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Missouri State (16 vs. zero).
- Wichita State has a better record on the road than Missouri State this season (7-5 vs. 2-12).
- Boom! Wichita State humiliated Missouri State by 29 points the last time they played (Feb 09, 2013).
- Wichita State is a better shooting team (44.8 percent vs. 40.6 percent) than Missouri State this season.
- A for effort, but Wichita State has emerged victorious against Missouri State the last four times they've played.
- Ehimen Orukpe is ranked 3rd in the Missouri Valley in blocks.
- Wichita State has come back to win after being down at half against Missouri State six times since 2002.
- The Wichita State rebounding leader (Carl Hall, 168 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Missouri State rebounding leader (Anthony Downing, 141 rebounds).
- The Wichita State three-point leader (Malcolm Armstead, 50 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Missouri State three-point leader (Marcus Marshall, 40 three-pointers).
|C||Fred Van Vleet||16||4||2||2||1||0||1|