Wichita State Shockers

Day After: Wichita State 116, Maryland Eastern Shore 79

Wichita State guard Daishon Smith made all four of his three-pointers Sunday vs. Maryland Eastern Shore.
Wichita State guard Daishon Smith made all four of his three-pointers Sunday vs. Maryland Eastern Shore. The Wichita Eagle

Key statistics: Wichita State made 15 of 24 three-pointers to render anything else about the game unimportant. Eastern Shore didn’t seem to mind, so the Shockers kept shooting.

Don’t overlook WSU’s 12 turnovers. In a game that offered plenty of temptation to get sloppy, the Shockers continue to handle the ball carefully.

Bob Lutz and Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle talk about Wichita State's 116-79 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday.

How the game turned: How else? A three-pointer by Shaq Morris, who is now 1 of 2 from three in his career.

His three in the first half gave the Shockers a 33-18 lead and then they made a bunch of free throws.

Records: Eastern Shore 0-4, WSU 4-0

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Rotation watch: When Wichita State signed guard Daishon Smith a year ago, he admitted he needed to improve his shooting.

He made 26 percent of his three-pointers (20 of 77) as a freshman at Eastern Florida State. As a sophomore in 2015-16 at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, he made 36.5 percent (61 of 167).

Smith’s earned the right to reconsider that question. He made 4 of 4 threes Sunday and each one looked perfect. For the season, he is 6 of 12 from behind the arc.

“Over the summer I did put in countless of hours, working on my jump shot, understanding that if I couldn’t shoot at this level, guys would back off me and I’d be a detriment to my team,” he said. “Understanding that shooting will be big at this level made me want to put in more work.”

The Shockers will face better — much better —defensive teams in coming weeks. Smith knows a hot start isn’t anything to celebrate. It is a good place to build a confident shooting stroke.

“I can’t tell you exactly how much better I am, because it’s just confidence,” he said. “It’s just thinking every shot will go in. Last week, I went (0 for 2 from three vs. Tulsa). I don’t want to say I’m all the way. I’ve still got to continue to work.”

Gregg Marshall talks about Wichita State's 116-79 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday.

Somebody said this:

Good: Guard Landry Shamet entered Sunday’s game shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 18.2 percent (2 of 11) from three. If there’s a player for whom a boost of feel-good might have been particularly helpful, it was Shamet.

He made 6 of 7 shots, 4 of 5 threes against the Hawks to score 16 points.

▪ Bad: According to the shot chart, WSU missed three layups. Make one of those and WSU’s shooting percentage rises from 66.0377 to a school-record 67.9.

WSU’s top shooting mark is 66.7, set in 1987 when it made 26 of 39 shots against Austin Peay.

Numbers guy says: WSU, not surprisingly, leads the nation in bench minutes, according to kenpom.com, with reserves playing 50.2 percent of games. the Shockers are No. 18 in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings with a 59.8 percent effective shooting percentage (which accounts for threes worth of one point more than twos). Last season’s team finished with a 48.9 percent effective shooting percentage.

On and on: Forward Zach Brown, since going 2 for 6 in the opener, is 13 of 21 from the field. … Morris made his three and missed two two-pointers, his first misses this season. He entered the game 9 for 9 from the field. … Eastern Shore shot 49.1 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from three, both highs by a WSU opponent this season. … No WSU opponent has record more assists than turnovers.

Next up: vs. LSU (3-0), 11 a.m. Wednesday (ESPN2)

The Tigers own wins over Wofford (91-69), Southern Miss (78-61) and North Florida (78-70). They led North Florida 67-63 with 4:11 to play before pulling away again.

LSU is playing fast, shooting accurately, grabbing offensive rebounds and taking care of the ball. It does allow a lot of offensive rebounds — 16 by Wofford and 14 by North Florida.

Guard Antonio Blakeney averages 18.7 points and is 4 of 14 from three-point range. He is a sophomore who started 24 games last season and averaged 12.6 points. Junior transfer Duop Reath, a 6-foot-10 forward from Australia, averages 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds.

LSU forward Craig Victor II will play against WSU after sitting out previous games for a violation of team rules. He averaged 11.5 point and 5.6 rebounds in 24 games last season.

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