Shockers look for 1st road win against ECU

>>> With momentum from two home wins last week, Wichita State (10-11, 3-6) now goes in search of its first true road victory Wednesday night when it travels to Greenville, N.C. to face ECU (9-12, 2-7).

>>> Watch the game on ESPNEWS with John Brickley (pbp) and Mark Adams.

>>> Listen on KEYN 103.7 FM and online at GoShockers.com/Listen. Mike Kennedy, now in his 39th season as "Voice of the Shockers," and Bob Hull tip things off at 5 p.m. with the INTRUST Bank Pregame Show.

>>> Join Kennedy on Monday nights for the Gregg Marshall Radio Show LIVE from 6-7 p.m. at AJ's Sports Grill at The Alley. Listen in on KNSS (98.7 FM / 1330 AM). The show is also rebroadcast in a television format Mondays at 9 p.m. on YurView Kansas (Cox 2022) and online at YurView.com/Kansas. Remaining show dates: Feb. 11, 18, 25 & Mar. 11.
OPENING TIPS:

*This is the second meeting all-time between the programs. WSU won the series debut last year in Greenville, 95-60, behind Landry Shamet’s 11 points and 11 assists. The Shockers set a conference record with 32 total assists (most in any game involving two AAC schools) and shot 70% in the second half to pull away.

*Gregg Marshall is 4-0 vs. ECU and 3-0 at Minges. His Winthrop teams swept three non-conference meetings from the Pirates in the mid-2000s.

*Two of the league’s best scorers go head-to-head. WSU senior Markis McDuffie tops the conference leaderboard at 18.9 points-per-game. ECU freshman Jayden Gardner is fifth at 18.3. Both have nine 20-point games to their credit.

*McDuffie was named American Player of the Week after a 27-point performance against Tulsa on Saturday. He’s scored at least eight points in every game this year and now ranks 24th on WSU’s career scoring list.

*Jamarius Burton became the first Shocker to win Freshman of the Week honors, averaging 9.0 points and 6.5 assists with a 4.33 A:TO ratio. In the Jan. 30 win over SMU he banked a career-best seven assists. Wednesday night will be homecoming for Burton – a Charlotte native who led Independence High School to the Class 4A state title last spring.

*Samajae Haynes-Jones leads the team in minutes (32.8) and ranks second in scoring (12.3). He hit a game-winning reverse layup with 1.0 second remaining in last Wednesday's 85-83 win over SMU.
6-11 center Jaime Echenique is the team's leading rebounder (5.4) and ranks fourth on the AAC blocks chart (1.5). Echenique has swatted 18 shots in nine conference contests -- tied with UCF's Tacko Fall for the league lead.

*Whether you prefer NET (8th) or RPI (12th), the youthful Shockers have played one of the nation's toughest schedules.