The Oklahoma State Cowboys will host the Wichita State Shockers in non-conference action Sunday afternoon from the Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Shockers demolished Central Arkansas 95-69 on Thursday, and the Cowboys dropped an 81-74 home decision to Georgetown in their previous action. These teams last met in 2017 in a game Wichita State won 78-66.
Wichita State Rebounds from First Loss with Easy Victory
The Wichita State Shockers have posted several dominating wins this season. They have won by at least 10 points five times this season in a rather easy schedule. The Shockers rebounded from their first loss of the season against West Virginia with a dominating 95-69 home win against Central Arkansas on Thursday to cover the 24 point spread.
Erik Stevenson is locked in, netting at least 19 points in two out of his last three games overall. The sophomore guard is only shooting 41.3% on the season, and he is averaging a team-leading 13.5 points. Tyson Etienne has scored a combined 25 points in his last two games to lift his season average to 10.5 PPG. The freshman guard owns a 44.8% field goal efficiency and is averaging 10.5 points. Jamarius Burton has been one of the Shockers’ most accurate shooters. The sophomore guard is logging 10.3 PPG on 47.4% shooting.
The Shockers are currently positioned 48th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and this is their first true road game of the season. Wichita State is averaging a solid 76.3 points, ranking them 99th overall. Their defense has been sharp and they are holding opponents to 60.1 points, good for 29th in the country.
Oklahoma State Tagged with First Loss
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will look to rebound from their first defeat of the season. They opened the season with seven consecutive wins and fell 81-74 to Georgetown on Wednesday in a game that had the Cowboys labeled as 11 point favorites. Oklahoma State has defeated Syracuse and Ole Miss this season highlighted by terrific defensive play.
Lindy Waters III is coming off a season-high 29 points in the defeat to Georgetown. The senior guard will take several three’s per game and he is shooting 39% from deep. Waters IIII is averaging 14 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Isaac Likekele is having a terrific season, sporting a 56.9% efficiency from the field with an average of 13.7 points along with five assists per game. The sophomore guard is consistently producing, reaching double-digits in points in all but one game. Likekele is questionable for this one with an illness. Yor Anei is has scored at least 13 points in three out of his last four games. The sophomore forward is averaging 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds.
The Cowboys are currently placed at 26th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and feature a 4-1 home record. They are scoring an average of 74.3 points on the season, ranking them 130th in DI. Oklahoma State is holding opponents to 61.3 points, good for 40th overall.
The Wichita State Shockers are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Oklahoma State Cowboys are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.