Emporia State University (0-2)
Location: Emporia, KS
Mascot: Corky the Hornet
Conference: Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – NCAA D-II
Last season: 12-16 (5-14)
Coach: Shaun Vandiver – 5th season at Emporia State
After the loss on the road to Tulsa, the Shockers look to pick up the pieces against the Hornets. Emporia State visits Koch Arena this Saturday at 2 p.m. The NCAA D-II Hornets will be the last test for Wichita State before flying to Orlando, Florida for the Advocare Invitational.
Head Coach Shaun Vandiver leads his Hornets into Koch Arena for the 2nd time. Emporia State lost in 2013, 93-50. The Hornets have lost all 3 games this season, losing to K-State 42-80, University of Sioux Falls 81-85, and Southwest Minnesota State 75-80.
Emporia State’s 14-man roster consists of 10 upperclassmen; 4 seniors, and 6 juniors. The Hornets are led on the court by Wichita, KS native and Wichita Heights High School alumnus, Terrence Moore. The 6’2″ senior guard is averaging 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 assists per game this season. Last season he averaged 2.5 steals per game which was good enough to be ranked 22nd nationally in D-II.
With a win on Saturday, that would put Gregg Marshall at 400 career victories. HCGM has a career record of 2-0 against Emporia State.
The availability of Fred VanVleet is uncertain. Fred may be sidelined to rest his injured hamstring and ankle for next week’s match up with Southern California in Orlando, Florida. Regardless if Fred plays or sits, expect to see the underclassmen get ample playing time. Freshmen Landry Shamet and Ty Taylor look to secure Marshall’s confidence as well as minutes for the future. The pair need to avoid turnovers and foul trouble to make an impact this season.
Shaq Morris, Zach Brown, Bush Wamukota, and Rashard Kelly all look to have better games than what transpired in Tulsa. Bush Wamukota won’t be the only seven-footer on the court, Emporia State’s Bradley Fisher is also 7’0″. Wamukota has only attempted 1 field goal in 14 minutes through 2 games. Wamukota has received the least minutes of any player on the roster that isn’t a walk-on.
Against Charleston Southern, freshmen Markis McDuffie and Eric Hamilton played major roles for the Shockers. However, just a game later, Hamilton played uninspired, and McDuffie didn’t even touch the court against Tulsa. If Hamilton and McDuffie can revert back to their form against CSU, the Shockers will be tough to handle with those two coming off the bench. Look for a re-energized duo on the court working hard for more minutes.
Ron Baker and Anton Grady have played great to start the season. Ron’s off season with Team USA has paid dividends for his development and confidence. Baker is averaging 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists per game. Grady is showing off his offensive prowess in the paint to his new Shocker audience. Anton is averaging 15 points per game, shooting 56.3% from the field, 25% from deep, and 78.6% from the free throw line.
Wichita State will travel to Orlando, Florida next week for the Advocare Invitational. The Shockers’ first game is against the Trojans of Southern California on Thursday, November 26th at 1 pm. Grab some turkey and enjoy watching the Shockers on Thanksgiving. Wichita State will play Alabama or Xavier in the 2nd round.