College of Charleston at No. 7 Wichita State
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Koch Arena, Wichita
TV: CBS Sports Network
Streaming: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 103.7-FM and GoShockers.com
Vegas odds: Wichita State -16.5
KenPom prediction: Wichita State 78, Charleston 62
Live stats: GoShockers.com
College of Charleston
Coach: Earl Grant, fourth season, 52-48
Current KenPom ranking: 77
Coach: Gregg Marshall, 11th season, 261-90
Current KenPom ranking: 2
News and notes
▪ Marshall milestone. Gregg Marshall will coach his 353rd game at Wichita State on Monday, tying Ralph Miller (1951-64) for the most in Wichita State history. Marshall (262-90) surpassed Miller as the program’s all-time winningest coach in February 2015.
▪ Brauer back in Koch Arena. Monday will be the first time former Shocker Matt Braeuer has returned to Koch Arena as an opponent. Braeuer is the College of Charleston’s director of basketball operations. Braueer played his senior season for Gregg Marshall at Wichita State and stayed on as a graduate assistant for two seasons. Braeuer was a three-year starter for Wichita State, as he helped WSU to the Sweet 16 in 2016 and hit an iconic game-winning shot to beat Creighton at Koch Arena. Braeuer ranks No. 11 all-time in WSU’s history with 130 career three-pointers and No. 14 with 308 career assists.
▪ Shamet looking for history. Sophomore guard Landry Shamet has a chance to tie Ron Baker’s record for consecutive games with a three-point make on Monday. Shamet currently has a 26-game three-point make streak after connecting on four from distance in the season-opener against Missouri-Kansas City. Senior guard Conner Frankamp isn’t far behind, as he extended his streak to 23 games on Friday — the program’s fourth-longest streak.
▪ More history. Senior forward Zach Brown will play his 100th game on Monday. He is Wichita State’s active leader in starts (62) and minutes (1,732). Senior Shaquille Morris blocked four shots in the season-opener to give him 100 career blocks, as he jumped P.J. Couisnard on WSU’s career block list for the No. 7 spot. Morris can keep climbing the list with Claudius Johnson (109), Gene Wiley (105), Xavier McDaniel (103), and Garrett Stutz (101) all within reach.
▪ Veteran teams. College of Charleston and Wichita State both return all five starters from teams that combined for 56 wins last season. WSU will play without Markis McDuffie, out with a foot injury. The Shockers are just one of five teams in the country that returned more than 90 percent of its scoring from last season. College of Charleston return all five starters from a 25-win team and are the preseason pick to win the Colonial Athletic Association, while Joe Chealey is the preseason CAA Player of the Year.
▪ Up against a defensive test. College of Charleston has a stingy defensive reputation under Grant. The Cougars finished last season No. 56 in the country in points per possession allowed at 0.97. College of Charleston ranked No. 27 nationally in scoring defense at 64.6 points and No. 14 nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense at 30.8 percent. In its season-opening overtime win against Sienna, College of Charleston held Sienna to 0.75 points per possession and 38 percent shooting, including 29 percent shooting from distance.
▪ WSU leads the series 1-0. Wichita State won the only previous meeting between the programs, a 82-75 victory for the Shockers in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NIT en route to the tournament championship. Gabe Blair led WSU with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Andrew Goudelock connected on seven three-pointers and scored a game-high 31 points.
▪ Record-breaking start. Wichita State’s 52-point victory over Missouri-Kansas City to open the season was Marshall’s most lopsided win in his 11 seasons. WSU’s 39-point halftime lead, 62-23, was the program’s largest halftime lead in the modern era. The Shockers’ 26 assists were another best in the Marshall Era.
▪ What almost was. Gregg Marshall’s ties with College of Charleston go all the way back to 1988 when legendary College of Charleston coach John Kresse hired Marshall as an assistant. Marshall would stay until 1996 and later go on to become a head coach at Winthrop. Marshall nearly returned to Charleston in 2006, accepting the head coaching job but changing his mind after the inductory press conference and returning to Winthrop. He would leave for Wichita State the next year.
▪ Charleston as the underdog. College of Charleston is 6-22 all-time against top-25 opponents and 2-9 against teams in the top-10. Their most recent upset came in 2012 when the Cougars defeated No. 21 Baylor, 63-59, in Waco.
▪ Roundhouse advantage. Wichita State has won 60 of its last 61 games at Koch Arena with the lone loss coming to Northern Iowa in February 2016. The Shockers have won 20 straight at Koch Arena, the third-longest streak in the building’s 62-year existence. During the streak, Wichita State has outscored opponents by an average of 30.6 points. The Shockers finished last season 16-0 at Koch Arena and trailed for just a total of 9 minutes, 22 seconds in those 16 games.
▪ Opening scare for Charleston. College of Charleston survived a season-opening scare at home from Sienna, as the Cougars won 68-60 in overtime against a team ranked No. 257 in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. Grant Riller scored 21 points, while Joe Chealey finished with 17 points and seven rebounds and Nick Harris had 11 points and nine rebounds.