In a blowout not even predicted by the most hardcore Shocker fans, Wichita State soundly defeated the LSU Tigers, 82-47, in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The Shockers dominated from start to finish, holding LSU scoreless until the 14:32 mark of the first half. While the Tigers drop to 3-1, the Shockers move to 5-0 on the season, beating their 5 opponents by a combination of 455-273.
Markis McDuffie led Wichita State with 15 points, with Landry Shamet being the only other Shocker to score in double digits with 12. It was another typical win for the Shockers with defense, rebounding, and a balanced scoring attack.
Just about everything. The Shockers were motivated, selfless, and the true definition of a team. Although LSU isn’t great, the Tigers were ranked 91 on KenPom before the game began, making them the Shockers’ best opponent yet.
Wichita State’s defense was absolutely stifling for the vast majority of the game. The Shockers held the Tigers to shooting 16.7% from the three-point line and a ridiculous 28.1% from the field.
The Shockers were also dominate on the offensive end. WSU out-rebounded LSU 51 to 39 and had twice as many assists (16 to 8). The Shockers were on fire from three-point land, making 9 of 19 shots. Conner Frankamp made back-to-back deep threes, and Rauno Nurger drained two himself. There were also two times in the game when the Shockers made a shot right before the shot clock expired. That’s a sign of an efficient offense (or at least a lucky one).
— Bobby Gandu (@wheatweet) November 23, 2016
Wichita State beat an SEC team by 35 – how could there possibly be anything bad?! Perhaps, this is being too nit-picky, but the Shockers were a little careless with the ball at times, which allowed LSU to accumulate 9 steals and 5 blocks. Also, the Shockers will need to improve on their defensive rebounding because LSU was able to snare 13 offensive rebounds. In a blowout like this one, these stats don’t matter, but in a closer contest, they could decide the game.
Player of the Game
Landry Shamet. He was dynamic on the offensive end and held his own on defense. His size and ball-handling abilities allowed him to drive the lane at will and also pull up and drain the jumper when needed. Shamet made only 3 of his 12 points from the three-point line but had some incredible drives to the basket, including one nifty reverse layup before halftime. Shamet also passed the ball well, earning himself 3 assists.
The Shockers won the opening tip, started the game on an 11-0 run, and never looked back. The Tigers had a couple mini-runs in the second half but never seriously threatened. Because WSU lead from start to finish, there was no true turning point in this game.
Tweet of the Game
#LSU isnt very good, but dont let that deceive you about Wichita. Top 25 team IMO
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 23, 2016
You know when longtime Shocker critic, Doug Gottlieb, is complimenting your team, you must be doing something right.
Tomorrow, the Shockers will face either #10 Louisville or Old Dominion in Battle 4 Atlantis. Assuming the opponent will be Louisville (and that’s a pretty good assumption), Gregg Marshall will finally be able to have his revenge from the Final Four loss of 2013. While the Wichita State players are probably enjoying the Bahamas today, there’s a decent chance Marshall and his assistants have barricaded themselves in the hotel, scheming for the potentially huge match-up tomorrow.
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