Wichita State vs. Gonzaga: Full Game Preview
|Wichita State||C Early 13.8||C Hall 7.1||M Armstead 4.0|
|Gonzaga||K Olynyk 17.6||E Harris 7.5||D Stockton 3.4|
No. 9-seeded Wichita State battles No. 1-seeded Gonzaga in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday. Tipoff occurs at 8:40 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT. The Shockers have not played the Bulldogs since the 1994-95 season, when they won 54-53.
The 22 points and five assists by Malcolm Armstead helped the Shockers to a 73-55 cakewalk over Pittsburgh on Mar. 21. With 4.0 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Bulldogs, Kelly Olynyk put up 21 points and 10 rebounds in the 64-58 win over Southern University on Mar. 21. With 17.6 points per game and 1.1 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Analyzing the differences between the teams, Gonzaga has an edge in one important area, scoring, where the Bulldogs have the upper hand over the Shockers, 77.2 points per game to 69.5 points per game. A few of the Four Factors in which Gonzaga stands out are effective field goal percentage at 55.9, offensive rebounding percentage at 37.3, and turnover percentage at 17.1.
- The Missouri Valley had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the West Coast.
- The Missouri Valley has 3 teams - Northern Iowa (76.5 percent), Creighton (75.0 percent), and Evansville (73.7 percent) - that shoot a better free throw percentage than the West Coast leader, Saint Mary's (72.6 percent).
- The Wichita State assist leader (Malcolm Armstead, 135 assists) has more assists than the Gonzaga assist leader (David Stockton, 109 assists).
- The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Creighton (17.2) and Evansville (15.8) - that average more assists per game than the West Coast leader, Brigham Young (15.6).
- Last year the Missouri Valley had a better conference RPI than the West Coast (No. 8 vs. No. 11).
- Wichita State beat Gonzaga by 1 point the last time they played (Dec 29, 1994).
- The Wichita State steals leader (Malcolm Armstead, 66 steals) has more steals than the Gonzaga steals leader (David Stockton, 53 steals).
- The Missouri Valley has a better average team RPI than the West Coast (115 vs. 129).
- Malcolm Armstead is ranked 30th nationally in steals.
- The Missouri Valley has had two more NCAA Tournament teams than the West Coast over the past 10 years.
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