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No. 16 MBB Hosts No. 8 Wichita State
Dec. 1, 2017

GAME 7
Wichita State
BAYLOR vs. WICHITA STATE
Dec. 2 | 1:01 PM CT | Ferrell Center | Waco, Texas
ESPNU / WatchESPN | Radio | Live Stats | Twitter | Arena Info
Game Notes: Baylor | Wichita State

MEDIA INFORMATION
TV: ESPNU / WatchESPN
Talent: Roxy Bernstein (pxp), Reid Gettys (analyst), Brooke Weisbrod (sideline)
Radio: Baylor IMG Sports Network / ESPN Central Texas
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 199, Internet 953
Live Stats/In-Game Home: BaylorBears.com
Twitter: @BaylorMBB | #SicWSU
MATCHUP

BAYLOR

5-1, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: 16th - AP, 16th - Coaches
Last Game: Nov. 28, 2017 - loss at No. 21 Xavier, 76-63
Head Coach: Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career Record: 302-192 (16th season)
BU Record: 282-181 (15th season)
vs. Wichita State: 1-0

WICHITA STATE

5-1, 0-0 American
Ranking: 8th - AP, 8th - Coaches
Last Game: Nov. 28, 2017 - win vs. Savannah State, 112-66
Head Coach: Gregg Marshall (Randolph-Macon, 1985)
Career Record: 460-174 (20th season)
WSU Record: 266-91 (11th season)
vs. Baylor: 0-1

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation

One player won't replace the 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds that Terry Maston put up every night before he suffered a broken hand in Tuesday's loss at Xavier.

"You hate when players, especially seniors, are out for an extended period of time," coach Scott Drew said. "But, it gives other people an opportunity to step up. And the good thing is everyone's been playing minutes and everybody has gotten experience thus far this year."

The 16th-ranked Baylor Bears (5-1) host the eighth-ranked Wichita State Shockers (5-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center in the first half of "The Basketball Capital Weekend of Texas." Baylor's ninth-ranked women (6-1) host No. 16/14 Stanford (5-3) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

"There's nothing that one person can really do to make up for him," said 7-foot senior center Jo Lual-Acuil, who is averaging 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. "Collectively, we all have to make up for what we miss rebounding-wise. That's the biggest thing. Offensively, everybody can chip in and make up for that."

Specifically, the Bears have to get more out of 6-9 freshman forward Tristan Clark (6.7 ppg, 3.8 rebounds) and 6-5 redshirt freshman forward Mark Vital (5.7 ppg, 3.3 rebounds).

"It would help if they get better in a hurry," Drew said. "That's the great thing is they're going to learn against guys who have done this for four years in college. You have to be really on-point."

This will be a difficult test for the Bears against a veteran Wichita State squad that starts four seniors has three others off the bench that average at least 6.8 points per game. Sophomore guard Landry Shamet leads the Shockers in scoring at 14.2, they have a potent frontline duo with 6-8 senior Shaquille Morris (13.7 ppg, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks) and 6-7 forward Rashard Kelly (6.0 ppg, 9.0 rebounds).

"He's obviously a load, a very skilled guy," Lual-Acuil said. "Like the coaches say in our locker room, no defensive assignment is meant for one guy. . . . But, I look forward to battles like that. They're always fun, to kind of gauge where your game is compared to other top centers in Division I basketball."

Particularly without Maston, Lual-Acuil will need some help on the boards against a Wichita State team that leads the nation with a plus-18.2 rebounding margin.

In Tuesday's 112-66 win over Savannah State, the Shockers outrebounded the Tigers, 67-31, a plus-36 margin that ranks as the second-best in program history. Kelly is tied for seventh nationally with 4.17 offensive rebounds per game.

"We always talk about Wichita State is a great offensive and defensive team, but any good team is a very good rebounding team," Drew said. "Going against bigger, stronger guys that are just a little bit quicker to the ball, they know it's important that you're moving on the shot versus seeing it when it comes off. Hopefully, Tristan, Mark and everybody else have played enough quality teams to be in position to have the experience necessary to be successful against a really experienced team early in the year."

Saturday's game is a national broadcast on ESPNU, with Roxy Bernstein, Reid Gettys and Brooke Weisbrod calling the action.


STORY LINES

• No. 16 Baylor faces No. 8 Wichita State at 1 p.m. CT Saturday at the Ferrell Center on ESPNU.
• Baylor and Wichita State meet for the 5th time, and the all-time series is tied 2-2.
• BU looks to start 6-1 for the 5th straight season and 10th time in the last 11 seasons -- all except 2012-13.
• Baylor is 20-2 in games against non-Big 12 teams since the start of the 2016-17 season.
• BU has won 46 consecutive non-conference home games, the nation's 2nd-longest streak (Duke, 136). The Bears have out-scored opponents by 1,043 points during the streak (22.7 ppg).
• Baylor's last non-conference home loss was Dec. 4, 2012, a 74-70 loss to Northwestern.
• Baylor has knocked off 18 ranked teams over the last 3+ seasons (18-18 vs. ranked opponents).
• Baylor has posted a combined 132-27 record in November and December games during the Drew era, including a 50-5 mark in November and December games since 2013.
• BU is 23-1 in December games since 2013, with the lone loss at No. 24 Texas A&M in 2015.
• BU is down to seven scholarship players available for Saturday's game. BU has gone at least 8-deep in 265 consecutive games dating back to a 64-62 win vs. Missouri with 7 players on Feb. 13, 2010.
• Baylor won the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic, its 5th tournament title under Drew (2007 Paradise Jam, 2011 Las Vegas Classic, 2013 NIT, 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis, 2017 Hall of Fame Classic).
• BU rallied from 12 down with 18 minutes left to defeat Creighton in the Nov. 21 HOF Classic title game.
• Baylor beat Wisconsin 70-65 on Nov. 20 despite going without a field goal for the final 8:43.
• BU is wrapping up a tough 4-game stretch against perennial powers -- after defeating Wisconsin and Creighton, BU lost at No. 21 Xavier on Tuesday and hosts No. 8 Wichita State on Saturday.
• Baylor has 12 games on its 2017-18 schedule against current AP Top 25 teams.
Manu Lecomte ranks 4th in the Big 12 with 17.7 ppg and 2nd in the league with 35 free throws made.
• Lecomte also ranks 2nd in the league in free throw percentage (.946) and 3rd in 3-pointer made (16).
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. is 1 of 2 Big 12 players averaging a double-double (13.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg).
Jake Lindsey leads the Big 12 with a 13:1 assist-to-turnover ratio and has 4+ assists in 5 of 6 games.
• BU is ranked No. 16 in the latest AP Top 25, marking 21 consecutive polls ranked (school record is 22).
• Baylor returned six letterwinners from last season's 27-8 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team.
• Those six letterwinners have combined to score 83% of Baylor's points (376 of 453) this season.
• Baylor is one of 12 teams to be nationally ranked in each of the last 10 seasons entering 2017-18.
• The Bears are coming off a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
• Baylor is 157-65 over the last 6+ seasons, averaging 25.3 wins per season since 2012.
• Baylor's 157 wins since 2011-12 are second-most in the Big 12 behind only Kansas (185).
• Baylor is 248-112 since 2007-08, the first year Drew's staff had a full allotment of scholarships.
• Baylor has been ranked for 205 of 464 games under Drew (ranked for just 2 games prior to Drew).
• Drew is coaching his 464th game at Baylor (282-181). His .609 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with 40+ games, and his teams have a .689 winning percentage since 2007-08.

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