We have the 2018-2019 Wichita Shockers Basketball Schedule below and then an article after the win loss chart so far this season. The Black And Yellow won the exhibition game handily to kick things off. That symbolic victory has been followed by some exciting games even if we didn’t leave with the win in several of those close match-ups.
We will look at some of the talent and prospects of the Wichita State University basketball schedule and the team as a whole. After the article Iwe have pieced together the same schedule with many more details on game locations, links for ways to listen or get live statistics, and we have even included stadium links to buy tickets if you want them.
How will the Wichita State Shockers fare in the 2018-2019 Basketball Season?
It is that time of the year again when the college basketball season and the Wichita State basketball schedule is in full swing. It has pretty much just kicked off and everyone is so looking forward to watching their favorite team in action and all the thrills and excitement that come with it. Most in the Wichita area are banking on the exciting Shockers team to do well and to go far, way in the tournament.
I must admit that some of the optimism is based on just pure emotion that all sports fans feel about their team, without examining and analyzing other factors that might either support or go against that cause for optimism. The Shockers are playing in the American Athletic Conference (AAC), which has a total of twelve teams, of which the top four will qualify for the playoffs.
But what are the chances of the Shockers going far in this tournament and who are the players that will shine? We will examine how they have done so far and predict where they will end up at the back end of the season.
Early Season Jitters
Up through November 19, 2018, the Shockers have played five (5) games and currently sit at the bottom of the AAC standings with a win-loss ratio of 2-3. All three matches that they have lost have been extremely close encounters with the Shockers lacking the cutting edge to finish off those games.
The closeness of the games are reflected in the overall points that have been scored by the Shockers as opposed to their opponents – the Shockers have scored 362 points in those five games, compared to 374 by the opposing teams. This statistic shows how competitive the Shockers have been in the early season so far without being too successful.
We are hopeful that they will shake off these early season jitters and continue to compete feverishly as the season goes along and hopefully claim some more victories, especially in the close encounters. Please see the data chart below that speaks to the Shockers performance so far in the 2018-2019 season.
2018-19 American Standings
TEAM GB OVR
0-0 – 4-0
0-0 – 3-0
0-0 – 5-1
0-0 – 4-1
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0-0 – 4-1
0-0 – 4-1
0-0 – 3-1
0-0 – 4-2
0-0 – 2-1
0-0 – 3-3
0-0 – 2-3
0-0 – 2-3
The chart above shows the early stages of the season where most teams have played on average five games, Tulsa and Houston are the only teams with perfect records so far, but they have played four and three games respectively. It is way too early to make a call on which team will dominate; we will have a clearer picture after a few more weeks of competition.
Players To Watch On The Shockers Roster
The Shockers have a pretty young but exciting roster of players. Eight of the players are freshmen, four are sophomores, three are juniors, and two are seniors. The team does not have the experience of recent years, but Coach Greg Marshall has proved that he is a genius at developing talent and we are excited to see how the team will perform throughout the season.
We have identified Markus McDuffie, Ricky Torres, Dexter Dennis, and Morris Udeze as potential star players that can carry the team forward in the 2018-2019 season. There are other great players we may get to in a later article.
Markus McDuffie is one of only two seniors on the team and have been a revelation in the season so far; he currently averages 21.6 Points per game (PPG) after five games in the season, which is the best statistic of any Wichita Shocker forward in the past 20 years.
McDuffie was named in the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the week of November 12-18 and was also named co-player of the week in the Conference for the week of November 6-11. He continues to be a shining light for the Shockers, and it is imperative that he keeps flowing in this rich vein of form for the Shockers to continue being competitive throughout the season.
Ricky Torres is one of Greg Marshall’s recruits for the 2018-2019 season. He plays as a Point Guard and Marshall expects him to get a lot of game time in the position for the whole season. He was recruited from Missouri State-West Plains where he averaged 17.2 points per game, and 8.1 assists per game, which was the 3rd best nationally for the 2018 season.
He has also been identified as a leader who can motivate the team and help the unit to play at their very best. We look forward to watching Ricky Torres competing for the Shockers this year and expect him to be one of the team’s top players this season.
Dexter Dennis is a Freshman hailing from the town of Baker, California. He is an extremely athletic and mature player that can play the position of small forward or shooting guard. Pundits, including Greg Marshall, believe Dennis has the potential to play in the NBA due to his supreme natural ability.
He has started the 2018-2019 season with a bang, scoring 19 points and grabbing five rebounds in a really exciting game against Alabama. He was one of the key players responsible for the spirited fightback from the Shockers in the second half of that game which almost took them to victory coming from a deficit of twelve points.
For the season so far, Dennis averages 8.8 points per game, has grabbed ten rebounds and has four assists. We are excited to see what his stats will be at the end of the season!
Morris Udeze is another exciting prospect hailing from Houston, Texas. He is a Freshman that plays the position of small forward and center. Udeze was ranked among the top 15 prospects in the state of Florida in 2018 by 247 Sports after spending a year at the Montverde Academy in Orlando and ranked 18th nationally among centers.
Udeze is a complete athlete, possessing strength, skill, and athleticism which definitely makes him one to watch in the yellow and black for this season!
Prospects For The Shockers This season
The Shockers lost six outgoing seniors at the end of the 2017-2018 season and are currently rebuilding their team. They have one of the best players in the conference in Markus McDuffie on their team and an extremely talented pool of players overall to provide support.
The team, however, lacks experience playing together and might take some time to gel and play as an efficient unit. However, we expect the Shockers to be extremely competitive throughout the season under the expert tutelage of Coach Greg Marshall.
The Shockers will be a force to be reckoned within the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in 1-2 years, and we will see at least glimpses of this potential all season long. We look forward to watching the Shockers play and as usual, we will be supporting them all along the way!
A More detailed schedule with ways to listen, live stats, and how to buy tickets below:
As of 11-23-2018
- OVERALL 2-3
- PCT .400
- CONF 0-0
- PCT .000
- STREAK L 1
- HOME 0-1
- AWAY 0-0
- NEUTRAL 2-2
- OCT 30 (TUE) VS. CATAWBA [EXHIBITION GAME]—W, 75-64
- NOV 6 (TUE) VS. LOUISIANA TECH—L, 58-71
- NOV. 9 (FRI) VETERANS CLASSIC VS PROVIDENCE—W, 83-80
- NOV. 15 (THU) CHARLESTON CLASSIC VS. DAVIDSON— L, 53-57
- NOV. 16 (FRI) 3:30 P.M. VS. APPALACHIAN STATE—W, 82-76
- NOV. 18 (SUN) 12:30 P.M. VS. ALABAMA—L, 86-90
NOV. 25 (SUN) 2:00 P.M. COX YURVIEW KEYN 103.7 FM
DEC. 1 (SAT) 7:00 P.M. CBS SPORTS NETWORK KEYN 103.7 FM
DEC. 8 (SAT) 11:00 A.M. ESPNU KEYN 103.7 FM
DEC. 12 (WED) 7:00 P.M. COX YURVIEW KEYN 103.7 FM
DEC. 15 (SAT) 4:30 P.M.—TV: CBS SPORTS NETWORK RADIO: KEYN 103.7 FM
- DEC.19 (WED) 7:00 P.M. COX YURVIEW KEYN 103.7 FM
- VS. ORAL ROBERTS —WICHITA, KAN. CHARLES KOCH ARENA
- DEC. 22 (SAT) 3:00 P.M. ESPN2 KEYN 103.7 FM
- AT VCU RICHMOND, VA. SIEGEL CENT
- JAN. 3 (THU) 8:30 P.M. CBS SPORTS NETWORK KEYN 103.7 FM AMERICAN
- AT MEMPHIS—LIVE STATS
JAN. 6 (SUN) 3:00 P.M. LIVE STAT
VS. TEMPLE WICHITA, KAN. CHARLES KOCH ARENA
- JAN. 12 (SAT) 7:00 P.M. CBS SPORTS NETWORK KEYN 103.7—
- AT HOUSTON—LIVE STATS—HOUSTON, TEXAS FERTITTA CENTER
- JAN. 16 (WED) 9:00 P.M. CBS SPORTS KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
- VS. UCF—LIVE STATS—WICHITA, KAN. CHARLES KOCH ARENA
JAN. 19 (SAT) 1:00 P.M. CBS KEYN 103.7 FM—
- JAN. 22 (TUE) 7:00 P.M. CBS SPORTS NETWORK KEYN 103.7 FM AMERICAN
- AT USF—LIVE STATS—TAMPA, FLA. YUENGLING CENTER
JAN. 26 (SAT) 5:00 P.M. CBS SPORTS NETWORK KEYN 103.7 FM–
JAN. 30 (WED) 8:00 P.M. ESPN2/ESPNU KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
FEB. 2 (SAT) 1:00 P.M. ESPN2/ESPNU KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
FEB. 6 (WED) 6:00 P.M. ESPNEWS KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
FEB. 9 (SAT) 7:00 P.M. ESPN2/ESPNU KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
FEB. 17 (SUN) 12:00 P.M. ESPN KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
FEB. 20 (WED) 8:00 P.M. ESPN2/ESPNU KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
FEB. 23 (SAT) 7:00 P.M. ESPN2/ESPNU KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
FEB. 28 (THU) 6:00 P.M. ESPN/ESPN2 KEYN 103.7 FM AMERICAN
MAR. 3 (SUN) 1:00 P.M. CBS SPORTS NETWORK KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
MAR. 5 (TUE) 8:00 P.M. CBS SPORTS NETWORK KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
MAR. 9 (SAT) 7:30 P.M. CBS SPORTS NETWORK KEYN 103.7 FM—AMERICAN
- AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
MAR. 14 (THU)-MAR. 17 (SUN)