Vanderbilt Basketball Preview: Wichita State

The Vanderbilt Commodores will face Wichita State in the first four round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton on Tuesday. Here is your preview of the Shockers.

The Shockers struggled early in their season, going just 2-4 in their first six games while dealing with injuries.   WSU's biggest win was a 67-50 victory over a ranked Utah team.  Most recently the Shockers defeated Loyola Chicago in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament before falling to Northern Iowa. 

Looking at some of WSU's top players, forward Zach Brown is one of those small forward types that have given Vandy problems. He's not a big scorer but he's well known as a defensive stopper.

Senior forward Evan Wessel, a Wichita native, has a knack for getting offensive boards.

Another senior, guard Ron Baker, will play in his 11th NCAA contest in Tuesday's game with Vandy, a school record. The preseason All-America selection is his team's top scorer. 

Sophomore forward Shaquille Morris has 32 blocks. At 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, he has one of those wide, muscular bodies that has caused Vandy trouble.  

Senior guard Fred VanVleet is the team's second-leading scorer and the Shocker's assist leader. 

Looking at the Vandy-Wichita State stat comparison, the Commodores score more points, shoot better from the field and 3-point range, have more assists and blocks.  WSU allows fewer points, shoots better at the line, has more steals, gives up fewer turnovers and has a stronger RPI. 

Vandy will be playing a team that is strong at playing team ball, something the Commodores have struggled at.  To win Vandy needs to establish both inside and outside scoring while stifling the Shockers defensively.  A total team effort for two halves will be required.  

Tuesday's game will start at approximately 8:10 pm central time and can be seen on Tru-TV.

For and Scout, this is Don Yates.

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