The Wichita State Shockers (21-0, 8-0) stay undefeated on the season with a 78-61 victory on the road against the Drake Bulldogs (11-9, 2-6).
The Shockers, already ranked 5th in the AP poll, could move up a spot after the Villanova loss to former Missouri Valley Conference member Creighton Blue Jays earlier in the week, and with Michigan State falling to Michigan on Saturday.
The Shockers led by 8 at halftime but an early run in the second half stretched that lead to 65-42 before Wichita State settling in for the 17-point win. Over the past 4 games, the Shockers have averaged 72 points a game while holding their opponents to 53.5 points.
Cleanthony Early led the Shockers with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Ron Baker added 14 points, and Nick Wiggins, older brother to Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins, added 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench.
Wichita State dominated the glass, winning the battle of the boards 34-20. They also recorded 17 assists on 29 made baskets. The Shockers connected on 52.7% of their field goal attempts.
The Shockers average 39.9 rebounds a game, the 23rd highest mark in the country.
In the upcoming week, Wichita State will return home to Charles Koch Arena for two match ups against the Loyola Ramblers (8-12, 3-5) on Tuesday, and the Evansville Aces (9-11, 2-5) on Saturday. It will be the first game against each school this season.
Wichita State still has 10 more games scheduled for the regular season as they make a bid to go unbeaten going into the conference tournament in March. As of now, the Shockers are one of only three teams with unblemished records. Syracuse and Arizona are the other two schools.
If they can avoid stubbing a toe the rest of the regular season, it will be interesting to see where they will be seeded. It would be difficult to keep the Shockers out of a 1 or 2 seed of they are unbeaten, no matter who they have played.
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