Shockers prepare for physical battle with Baylor

Published: Nov. 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM CST
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The Shockers are facing their first real road test this weekend, against number 16 Baylor.

Wichita State lost on neutral court to Notre Dame prior to Thanksgiving.

The game against the Bears will be the first "notch" on the Big 12 belt. The Shockers will play three of their next four games against Big 12 opponents, starting with Baylor Saturday, then Oklahoma State the following week, and then Oklahoma the week afterward. Summit League's South Dakota State sneaks in the middle of the Big 12 mix, Tuesday December 5th.

The last time Wichita State beat a ranked opponent during the regular season was in December of 2015, when they beat Utah at Intrust Bank Arena (a neutral site).

Baylor's size will test the Shockers, with six players 6-foot-8 or taller. That includes the Bears' star forward, seven footer Jo Lual-Acuil Jr.

Head Coach Gregg Marshall said it will be a physical matchup.

"There's some dudes now. There's going to be tough battles on the glass," he said. "You're going to have to secure the ball with two hands and then even then, they're not going to stop on the play, they're going to keep running hands in. So it's going to be a very physical, athletic affair."

Wichita State and Baylor tip off at the Ferrell Center in Waco at 1:00 Saturday.