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.
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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.
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