DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 1st, 8:05 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Charles Koch Arena (10,506) -- Wichita, Kansas. Television: None. Home Record: Fullerton 1-1, WSU 2-0. Away Record: Fullerton 1-0, WSU 0-0. Neutral Record: Fullerton 1-1, WSU 1-2. Conference Record: Fullerton 0-0, WSU 0-0. Series Record: Wichita State leads, 3-0.
GAME NOTES: Fullerton began the season with three straight wins over the likes of Redlands, Nicholls State and Louisiana, but then the team bowed to Houston Baptist on November 20 as part of the Beryl Shipley Classic in the Cajundome, and followed that up with a 73-66 defeat at the hands of Cal State Bakersfield last weekend at home.
Meanwhile, the Shockers are sporting the same 3-2 record as Fullerton, and most recently took down UAB last Friday night in a lopsided 68-46 final. The 46 points allowed represent the lowest total by a WSU opponent so far this season and came on the heels of the Shockers giving up a season-high 78 points in overtime to Temple just five days prior.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, the Shockers have won all three previous encounters with Fullerton.
Omondi Amoke registered a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but his efforts fell short of keeping the Titans out of the loss column as they bowed to Cal State Bakersfield the last time out. Also scoring in double figures for the hosts were Isiah Umipig and Kwame Vaughn with 19 and 17 points, respectively, while D.J. Seeley notched 10 rebounds and four steals as he tried to cover up the fact that he missed all eight of his field goal tries and finished with just four points in 32 minutes of action. Even though he came up extremely small against Bakersfield, Seeley is still the top scorer for the program with his 16.6 ppg, although his 38.7 percent accuracy could certainly use some fine tuning. Umipig and Amoke account for 14.6 and 14.4 ppg, respectively, as this group generates 81.8 ppg, but those points will be harder to come by as the season wears on.
Playing at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita for a change, the Shockers wiped the floor with UAB in the last outing, winning by a comfortable margin as Garrett Stutz stood as the lone double-digit scorer for the program with his 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor in 17 minutes of action. The team got by with just 39.6 percent shooting from the field and 3-of-14 beyond the arc, but still those numbers were better than the 32.1 percent overall by the Blazers and the 1-of-16 effort out on the perimeter by the visitors. One of only two players to have started all five games, Stutz is third on the team's scoring list with his 10.6 ppg, but is first on the glass with an even eight rebounds per game which is slightly better than the 7.4 rpg being recorded by Carl Hall (5.8 ppg) who fully understands his role at the offensive end of the floor. Defensively, this group has held opponents to just 38.4 percent accuracy from the floor and a meager 24.7 percent behind the three-point line.
If losing to CS Bakersfield were a sign of where the Titans are at this point in the season the visitors had better be ready for another tough battle tonight with a more aggressive opponent.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wichita State 67, Cal State Fullerton 57