- Drake and Wichita State played in the Missouri Valley Conference together until 2018
- The Bulldogs started the season 18-0
- Isaac Brown took over for the Shockers when Greg Marshall was dismissed before the start of the season
Wichita State will be looking to extend an 11-game winning streak against Drake dating back to 2012. The Bulldogs finished the season 25-4 and second place in the Missouri Valley Conference behind Loyola-Chicago. The Shockers finished the season 16-5 and won the American Athletic Conference regular-season title.
Drake vs Wichita State Schedule
- Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
- When: Thursday, March 18, 6:27pm ET
- How to Watch: TBS
Drake vs Wichita State Vegas Odds
Drake vs Wichita State Preview
Former Conference Foes Battle in First Four
Drake will be looking to get revenge for the Missouri Valley Conference since Wichita State left for the AAC. This will be the Bulldogs’ first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2005. Drake was a five seed and lost to Western Kentucky 101-99 in overtime.
The Shockers have been to the tournament in 2018, where they were upset by Marshall 81-75 in a 4/13 matchup. Wichita State won a tournament game in every season between 2013-2017
Bulldogs Getting Healthy?
While Drake will still be missing star point guard Roman Penn, Shanquan Hemphill looks like he could make his return after missing the last nine games. Hemphill is the team’s leading scorer (14.1) and second-leading rebounder (6.3).
Joseph Yesufu, the sixth man of the year in the Missouri Valley, has become Drake’s best player with injuries to Penn and Hemphill. Yesufu is averaging 12.1 points and shooting 37.8% from behind the arc.
Drake has the 19th most efficient offense in college basketball. The Bulldogs have the 11th lowest turnover rate at 15.2%.
Drake is ranked 53rd by Kenpom. The defense is a weakness as they are ranked 120th in the country.
Wichita State Rides Hot Finish to Tournament Berth
The Shockers won eight in a row before falling to Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament to end the season. They defeated a top 10 Houston team to give themselves the high-end win they needed to pass other teams on the bubble.
Tyson Ettiene leads the Shockers. Ettiene is averaging 17 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He is shooting 40.1% from the three-point range.
Alterique Gilbert is the other double-digit scorer for Wichita State. Gilbert is averaging 10.2 points and leads the team in assists (4.1) and steals (1.5).
Kenpom has Wichita state ranked 74th. The offense is 56th in efficiency, while the defense ranks 103rd. The Shockers give up an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.4%, which is one of the worst in the nation.
Drake vs Wichita State Prediction
Who will win the Drake vs Wichita State game:
The line moved two points when the news of Hemphill returning broke. The Bulldogs struggled down the stretch without their two best players but beat a good Missouri State team and gave Loyola-Chicago a good game in the MVC Championship game.
Wichita State does everything well on offense except shoot. The Bulldogs aren’t a great defensive team, but the Shockers won’t be able to take advantage as Drake advances in the West Region to take on USC.
Drake 72, Wichita State 68
Drake vs Wichita State Free Pick
- Drake Win