▪ The Shockers face two of the Valley’s top newcomers on Wednesday when they play Loyola at Koch Arena.
Guard Clayton Custer, a transfer from Iowa State, averages 12.7 points and is shooting 48.6 percent from three-point range.
The Ramblers rely on good shooting and low-turnover offense and Custer’s addition is key to helping those goals. Senior Milton Doyle is having his best season and the addition of Custer helps Doyle by relieving some of the ball-handling duties.
Forward Aundre Jackson averages 14.4 points and makes 70.4 percent of his shots, tops in the MVC.
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MVC defenses cooled both off.
Custer averages 9.5 points in MVC games and is 2 for 10 from the field in the past two games. Jackson averages 6.5 points in Valley games and is 10 of 18 from the field. He fouled out against Drake after scoring four points in 17 minutes.
“Early in the year, (Jackson) was getting the ball real easy,” Ramblers coach Porter Moser said. “He’s got to continue to work harder to get the ball. You can see his confidence getting back again.”
Jackson, a transfer from junior college, is 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. As an under-sized post scorer, he relies on pump fakes and footwork to create scoring openings.
He scored 22 points against Saint Joseph’s and 20 against North Carolina State.
“I love guys who know how to get angles,” Moser said. “He’s got really good hands.”
▪ Junior forward Donte Ingram is red-hot in MVC play, averaging 18.3 points and shooting 59.6 percent from the floor.
“They have four guys that lead them in scoring at any given time, and then (Aundre) Jackson – the undersized post player – is out there,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “Much like with our team, they share the basketball. They get in the gaps and kick it out. They shoot a tremendous percentage from the field and the three-point line, so they're hard to guard.”
▪ The Ramblers, so dangerous in most scoring spots, lag at the foul line. In MVC games, they are shoot a conference-worst 59.7 percent and their 37 made free throws are the fewest in the conference.
▪ Loyola relies on creating turnovers to make up for height issues. The guards are aggressive on the perimeter, looking for steals and traps.
The Ramblers create turnovers on 21.3 percent of possessions, which ranks No. 49 nationally, according to kenpom.com.
In Saturday’s 78-62 win at Bradley, the Ramblers jumped to a 15-2 lead by turning two Doyle steals into layups and scoring on six of eight possessions.
Doyle scored 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, both career highs, in that win.
Watching: Cox 22, 2202; Spectrum Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Midwest (blackouts apply); ESPN3.com (blackouts apply)
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at Wichita State
- When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
- Where: Koch Arena
- Records: LU 12-5, 2-2 MVC, WSU 14-3, 4-0
- Radio: 103.7-FM
- TV: Cox 22, 2022
- Video: ESPN3.com (blackouts apply)
Loyola at Wichita State
Loyola (12-5, 2-2 MVC): The Ramblers are among the nation’s best teams, according to kenpom.com, at scoring and avoiding turnovers. Their effective field-goal percentage of 58.2 percent ranks seventh nationally. It commits turnovers on 15.8 percent of its possessions, No. 19 nationally. They are shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 44.6 percent from three-point range in MVC play, both tops in the conference. … F Aundre Jackson, who moved to the bench the past two games after starting the previous seven, leads the Valley by making 100 of 142 shots (70.4 percent). He averages 14.4 points. Jackson played at McLennan (Texas) Community College with WSU walk-on Kaelen Malone in 2015-16. … Doyle (4.4), Richardson (3.6) and Custer (3.5) rank in the top eight of MVC assists leaders. Custer (48.6 percent), Ingram (45.5) and Richardson (45.2) rank in the top seven for three-point accuracy. … Loyola is last in the MVC after making 37 of 62 free throws (59.7 percent) in MVC games.
Wichita State (14-3, 4-0): The Shockers average 83.2 points and 87.5 in MVC play. Tulsa (81.9) in 1993-94 is the last MVC team to average more than 80 for a season. … WSU also leads the MVC in field goal defense by holding opponents to 37.8 percent. It ranks fifth defending the three-pointer at 32.8 percent. … Freshman G Austin Reaves is 22 of 40 (55 percent) from three-point range to lead the MVC. The MVC record is 55.8 (53 of 95) set by Evansville’s Brian Jackson in 1995. Jackson, who died in 2008, played at Heights. … The Shockers lead the series 25-9 and are 7-0 vs. Loyola since it joined the MVC in 2013.
RPI rank as of Tuesday: LU 157, WSU 92.