Wed. Dec. 31 at Drake @ Des Moines, Iowa Sun. Jan. 4 ILLINOIS STATE in Wichita, Kan. Wed. Jan. 7 BRADLEY in Wichita, Kan. Sun. Jan. 11 at Loyola @ Chicago, Ill. Wed. Jan. 14 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS in Wichita, Kan. Sat. Jan. 17 at Evansville @ Evansville, Ind. Wed. Jan. 21 at Missouri State @ Springfield, Mo. Sun. Jan. 25 DRAKE in Wichita, Kan. Wed. Jan. 28 LOYOLA in Wichita, Kan. Sat. Jan. 31 at Northern Iowa @ Cedar Falls, Iowa Wed. Feb. 4 at Bradley @ Peoria, Ill. Sat. Feb. 7 MISSOURI STATE in Wichita, Kan. Wed. Feb. 11 INDIANA STATE in Wichita, Kan. Sat. Feb. 14 at Ilinois State @ Normal, Ill. Tue. Feb. 17 at Southern Illinois @ Carbondale, Ill. Sun. Feb. 22 EVANSVILLE in Wichita, Kan. Wed. Feb. 25 at Indiana State @ Terre Haute, Ind. Sat. Feb. 28 NORTHERN IOWA in Wichita, Kan.
The Shockers won’t enter the NCAA tournament with a 34-0 record again, especially considering they’ve upgraded their schedule. This is still an extremely dangerous squad that will be more than capable of advancing to the Final Four in March. Wichita State may have two of the top 10 guards in the country in Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker. And Tekele Cotton is one of America’s best perimeter defenders. The key will be replacing NBA draft pick Cleanthony Early on the wing, especially offensively. Look for Baker to take on more of a scoring role. Also, the staff is extremely excited about the progress of forward Darius Carter, who could give Wichita State an offensive touch in the paint that it didn’t have last season.