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Wichita State will play a familiar Big 12 opponent in a closed scrimmage this month

Wichita State’s Landry Shamet takes in a drive against Oklahoma State in a game last season. The two teams will play each other again this season, this time in a closed scrimmage on October 21, 2018.
Wichita State’s Landry Shamet takes in a drive against Oklahoma State in a game last season. The two teams will play each other again this season, this time in a closed scrimmage on October 21, 2018. The Wichita Eagle

Details on Wichita State’s closed scrimmage later this month have emerged, according to a list compiled by Jeff Goodman at Stadium, and Shocker fans will be excited to learn it’s a familiar opponent from the Big 12.

Wichita State will host Oklahoma State in a closed scrimmage at Koch Arena on Sunday, October 21. The teams recently completed a home-and-home series with the Cowboys beating WSU at Intrust Bank Arena, 93-76, in the 2016-17 season and the Shockers winning in Stillwater, 78-66, last December.

Only one player — Samajae Haynes-Jones and his two minutes of action — return to WSU this season who played in last year’s game at OSU.

It’s a significant upgrade for WSU for its annual closed scrimmage in October, as the last two seasons the Shockers have played Oral Roberts.

After WSU’s intrasquad scrimmage this past Saturday, WSU coach Gregg Marshall pointed out how valuable scrimmages can be for an inexperienced team like the Shockers.

“Just the fact that they were able to come out of the tunnel, be introduced, and play in front of those folks,” Marshall said on Saturday. “We only have that, and then you got the closed scrimmage and then the (Oct. 30) exhibition and after that they’re going to be playing in front of more people than that every single time and it will count whether they win or lose.”

According to Goodman’s list, here are the other closed scrimmages around the American Athletic Conference:

Cincinnati: vs. Notre Dame in Indianapolis on Oct. 28

Connecticut: vs. Harvard on Oct. 27

East Carolina: at North Carolina State on Oct. 21; vs. Wake Forest on Oct. 27

Houston: vs. Texas Tech in Fort Worth on Oct. 27

Memphis: None

SMU: vs. Colorado on Oct. 20; at Baylor on Oct. 26

South Florida: vs. Miami on Oct. 20

Temple: at Georgetown on Oct. 20; vs. Penn State in Harrisburg, Pa. on Oct. 27

Tulane: vs. Nicholls State on Oct. 27

Tulsa: vs. Louisiana Tech at TCU on Oct. 27

UCF: vs. Florida International on Oct. 21

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