Shockers set for the opening of the exhibition
MISSOURI SOUTH to WICHITA STATE
Pre-season exhibition match
Monday, November 1, 2021 | 6:02 PM HC
Wichita, Kan. | Charles Koch Arena (10,506)
Radio: KEYN 103.7 FM (GoShockers.com/Listen)
Tickets: 978-FANS (3267) or GoShockers.com/Tickets
Live Statistics: shockerstats.com
Wichita State hosts the South Missouri State of NCAA Division II for an exhibit tune-up Monday night at the Charles Koch Arena. Game time is 6:00 p.m. CT.
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IN THE AIR:
Monday’s game will not be televised, but fans can stream it live on KEYN 103.7 FM and online at GoShockers.com/Listen. Division I college basketball longest-serving duo Mike Kennedy (pbp) and Dave Dahl (analyst) are in their 41st season together on radio. Kennedy is in his 42nd season as the Voice of the Shockers.
THE ISAAC BROWN RADIO SHOW:
Starting November 8, join Kennedy and the head coach Isaac brown LIVE from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday of the season at AJ Sports Grill at The Alley, or listen to the show on KFH (97.5 FM / 1240 AM). The show airs in televised format at 9 p.m. Monday evenings and throughout the week on Yurview Kansas (available to Cox subscribers statewide on Channel 22 and HD 2022).
- The Shockers open their 115th season on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Jacksonville State (7 p.m. CT, ESPN +).
- This is the first men’s basketball meeting of any kind between the Shockers and the Lions. The women of the WSU will also host the MSSU at an exhibition this Thursday.
- This is the Shockers’ first exhibition game since the 2019 preseason. The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the start of the 2020-21 campaign by more than three weeks and canceled the entire list of exhibition contests. college basketball.
- Monday night’s attendance will be the largest for a Shocker game since the 2019-20 final when a sold-out crowd (10,506) watched the WSU bury rival Tulsa, 79-57. WSU started the 2020-21 season behind closed doors and gradually increased the arena’s capacity to 25% in February (2,625).
- WSU has won 26 consecutive shows dating back to 2001. The last loss occurred 30 years ago to the day (November 1, 2001 against Athletes First).
- WSU (16-6, 11-2 AAC last season) has played in eight of the last nine NCAA tournaments. Reigning American Athletic Conference Champions Welcome Three Starters Again: AAC Co-Player of the Year Tyson Etienne and fourth year veterans Morris Udeze and Dexter Denis. They are joined by four more return couriers, including the AAC All-Freshman pick. Ricky Council IV. Group of six newcomers includes Division II All-American Qua Grant as good as Joe Pleasant, an All-Southland Conference forward who helped Abilene Christian compete in two NCAA tournaments.
- Isaac brown is back for a second year after successfully completing a four-month test as the Interim Program Manager. His winning percentage in 2020-21 (16-6, .706) was the highest of a first-year head coach in the modern era of the WSU.
- The rules of the show allow eligible players to participate without burning a potential red shirt year, although Brown may not have that luxury with just 13 players.
- Instead of its second show, the WSU contested an Oct. 16 scrimmage with Texas Tech in Wichita Falls, TX.
SHOCKS, IN BRIEF:
- Wichita State sacks four of the top five scorers, including American Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year, Tyson Etienne, of a team that came out of nowhere to win the league regular season title and earn a berth in the NCAA tournament.
- Etienne (6-2, So., G), Dexter Denis (6-5, Jr., G) and Morris Udeze (6-8, Jr., F) started every game.
- Also returning from last year’s rotation are Ricky Council IV (6-6, Fr., G), Craig Porter Jr. (6-2, Jr., G) and Clarence “Monzy” Jackson (6-7, So., F).
- The Board was an AAFC All-Freshman choice last spring. He, Porter and Jackson are ready for bigger roles with the departure of two more starters: the All-AAC selection of the third team Alterique Gilbert (10.2 points per game, 4.1 points per game, the highest of the team) and before Trey wade (6.7 ppg, the team’s highest 5.7 rpg).
- Brown also added a pair of experienced transfers to these positions in the Division II All-American. Qua Grant (6-1, Jr., G, West Texas A&M) and All-Southland forward Joe Pleasant (6-7, Jr., F, Abilene Christian).
- Its first recruiting class also includes a trio of very promising freshmen in Kenny pohto (6-11, Fr., F, Sunrise Christian Academy), Jalen ricks (6-7, Fr., G, Oakl Hill Academy) and Isaac abidde (6-9, Fr., F, Westover HS).
- MSSU is selected fourth in the MIAA pre-season poll after finishing third last year.
- The Lions averaged 83.4 points on 49% shots. Both brands ranked among the top 20 nationally.
- The team’s best returning player is 6-foot-4 senior guard Stan Scott, who averaged 14.1 points and 5.3 rebounds last season en route to All-MIAA Third Team honors. .
- Eighth-year head coach Jeff Boschee led the Lions to three consecutive NCAA tournament nominations from 2018-2020. Boschee was an All-Big 12 artist in Kansas (1999-03) and assisted the Jayhawks at the Final Four 2002.
- The MSSU roster includes six former Division I players. A trio of newcomers – Alex Jones (Lipscomb), Ndongo Ndaw (Indiana St.) and Odell Wilson (State of North Dakota) – join the remnants Scott (Oakland), Avery Taggart (Southern Ill.) And RJ Smith (Sam Houston).
- Notably, Jones faced WSU as Lipscomb’s freshman in the 2019 NIT Semi-Finals at Madison Square Garden.
- The MSSU conference – the MIAA – has traditionally been one of the strongest in D-II. Four of the last seven national champions are from its ranks (Central Missouri in 2014 and Northwest Missouri in 2017, ’19 & ’21).
OTHER TABLES FROM THE EXHIBITION:
- WSU is 23-0 in preseason shows since CKA’s renovation in 2003 (average margin: 26.7 points).
- The closest call in this streak came in 2016 against the University of Augusta (Ga.). All-American Keshun Sherrill hit six threes and scored 28 of his 33 points after halftime to help the Jaguars reduce a 20-point lead over the Shockers to just one point near the 4-hour mark. The WSU recovered for a 73-67 victory and went on to register a 31-5 record.
- The most unbalanced victory came the following year against Newman (113-55, +58). A Shocker team ranked No.7 in the pre-season AP poll had 35 free throws, scored 52 points in the paint and finished +19 on the glass. The WSU bench represented 70 of 113 points.
- Since 2003, when the NCAA reorganized into three divisions, the WSU is 35-0 in regular season games against non-DI programs (including 2-0 last year) and 22-0. in pre-season exhibitions.
A SHOCKING VICTORY WOULD BEâ¦.
… to be their 27th consecutive victory in exhibition.
… make them 24-0 in shows since the 2003 renovation of the Roundhouses.
… does not affect their record for the season.
A LOSS OF SHOCKERS WOULD …
… end a streak of 26 consecutive exhibition wins.
… be their first show setback in exactly 30 years (November 1, 2001, Athletes First, 93-88).
… be worse than a victory but have no impact on their record for the season.
The Shockers open their 115th season on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Jacksonville State (7 p.m. CT, ESPN +).