Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State opens MVC basketball schedule at Indiana State on Dec. 28

Wichita State opens Missouri Valley Conference play at Indiana State on Dec. 28 before playing home games against Bradley and Drake.
Wichita State opens Missouri Valley Conference play at Indiana State on Dec. 28 before playing home games against Bradley and Drake. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State plays at Missouri State on Feb. 25, the first time since 2013 the Shockers will travel for the regular-season finale.

The Missouri Valley Conference and its television partners traditionally set up what they anticipate will be marquee matchups on the final day. WSU can count on playing an opponent projected to ascend in the standings with hopes the pairing produces drama.

This season, it’s Missouri State, with four starters back, set up for the TV cameras. WSU is the three-time defending MVC champions.

The Shockers played at Creighton on 2013 with a share of the regular-season title at stake. In 2015, No. 11 WSU and No. 10 Northern Iowa met with ESPN’s College GameDay at Koch Arena.

Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall talks with reporters about this year's team, their summer practices and their upcoming Canadian tour during a news conference at Koch Arena on Monday. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle)

In 2011, Missouri State defeated the Shockers at JQH Arena to clinch the MVC title on the final day of the regular season.

WSU opens MVC play at Indiana State on Dec. 28. It is WSU’s first MVC opener against the Sycamores since 2005-06 and first on the road since 1999-2000.

Home games against Bradley and Drake follow.

Northern Iowa, WSU’s most consistent challenger in recent seasons, plays host to the Shockers on Jan. 8 and visits Koch Arena on Feb. 18. They play at Illinois State, which finished tied for second last season, on Jan. 14 and face the Redbirds at Koch Arena on Feb. 4.

WSU plays three two-game road swings — at Illinois State and Evansville in mid-January, at Bradley and Drake in late January/early February and at Loyola and Southern Illinois in mid-February.

Game times are expected in early October when TV networks choose games and set their schedules.

The Shockers meet Oral Roberts in a closed scrimmage on Oct. 29 at Koch Arena. It plays NCAA Division II Augusta (Ga.) in an exhibition game on Nov. 5 before opening the season against South Carolina State on Nov. 11.

WSU women’s basketball schedule will be released on Wednesday.

Paul Suellentrop and Bob Hull talk about the Shocker frontcourt heading into the summer and 2016-17 season. Video by Kirk Seminoff/The Wichita Eagle

Paul Suellentrop and Bob Hull talk about the backcourt heading into summer workouts and the 2016-17 season. Video by Kirk Seminoff/The Wichita Eagle

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

WICHITA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Nov. 5 — Augusta (Ga.) (exhibition)

Nov. 11 — South Carolina State

Nov. 13 — Long Beach State

Nov. 16 —Tulsa

Nov. 20 — Maryland Eastern Shore, 2 p.m.

x-Nov. 23 — LSU, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)

x-Nov. 24 — Louisville or Old Dominion 1:30 p.m/8:30 p.m.

x-Nov. 25 — Michigan State/Saint John’s/Baylor/VCU

Nov. 29 — Southern Nazarene

Dec. 3 — at Colorado State

Dec. 6 — Saint Louis

Dec. 10 — Oklahoma (at Oklahoma City), 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

Dec. 17 — Oklahoma State at Intrust Bank Arena

Dec. 22 — South Dakota State

Dec. 28 — at Indiana State

Jan. 1 — Bradley

Jan. 4 — Drake

Jan. 8 — at Northern Iowa

Jan. 11 — Loyola

Jan. 14 — at Illinois State

Jan. 17 — at Evansville

Jan. 21 — Indiana State

Jan. 24 — Southern Illinois

Jan. 29 — at Bradley

Feb. 1 — at Drake

Feb. 4 — Illinois State

Feb. 9 — Missouri State

Feb. 12 — at Loyola

Feb. 15 — at Southern Illinois

Feb. 18 — Northern Iowa

Feb. 21 — Evansville

Feb. 25 — at Missouri State

March 2-5 — MVC Tournament, St. Louis

x-at Paradise Island, Bahamas

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