Shockers hit the road to VCU

Dec, 15, 2018; Wichita, Kansas, USA; Wichita State battled the Southern Miss Eagles at Intrust Bank Arena ©Kelly Ross

WICHITA, Kan. (WSU release) Wichita State (7-4) wraps up non-conference play Saturday afternoon with a trip Richmond, Va. to face VCU (7-4).

Watch the game on ESPN2 with Rich Hollenberg and Mark Adams. Streaming is available to ESPN subscribers via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

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OPENING TIPS:

· It's the start of a two-year home-and-home series between the two programs. VCU comes to Charles Koch Arena on Dec. 21, 2019.

· WSU is 2-2 all-time against VCU (1-0 in Richmond). Spurred on by ESPN's Bracket Busters series and later the NCAA Selection Committee, the two emerging powers played three memorable matchups over a 21-month stretch between Feb. 2011 and Nov. 2012. All three games came down to the final possession. The Shockers won the last one -- played Nov. 13, 2012 at Siegel Center -- by a score of 53-51 on a Malcolm Armstead jumper with 3.6 seconds to play.

· VCU has been idle since last Saturday when it suffered its first home loss of the year against a College of Charleston team led by former Gregg Marshall protege and Shocker assistant Earl Grant.

· The Rams are 5-1 this year on their home floor. They've hosted 123-consecutive sellouts, dating back to January, 2011.

· The Shockers are on a season-best three-game winning streak and have won five of their last six overall. WSU downed Oral Roberts on Wednesday night, 84-63, behind 25 points from Markis McDuffie. He was joined in double-figures by Jaime Echenique (19), Ricky Torres (13) and Samajae Haynes-Jones (13).

· McDuffie enters the weekend as the American Athletic Conference's leading scorer (19.0 points per game). He's reached double-figures in 10-straight games and has topped 20 points on four occasions this year.

· Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Shockers own the most road wins (49-9) and highest percentage (.845) in Division I. Three of the nine losses in that span came in OT. WSU has also been the decade's best road team at 75-17 (.815) since the 2010-11 campaign.

· Going back to 2011-12, the Shockers are 78-19 (.804) in regular season non-conference games. Wednesday night's win guaranteed a winning non-conference record for the 21st consecutive season.