ABOUT WICHITA STATE
• Wichita State brings a 11-2 overall record and 1-0 mark in American Athletic Conference place into Thursday’s game.
• Shockers are ranked No. 9 in the latest Associated Press poll (1,026 points) and No. 9 in the recent USA TODAY Coaches’ poll (466 points).
• Wichita State has won its last three games and seven of its last eight… Only a 91-83 home loss to Oklahoma on Dec. 9 prevents a longer winning streak.
• In most recent action, Wichita State claimed a 72-62 win at UConn in Hartford, Conn., in its inaugural American Athletic Conference game.
• Against the Huskies, guard Landry Shamet led the Shockers with 16 points, thanks to 5-of-6 shooting from the 3-point line… Forward Rashard Kelly totaled 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and led all players with 12 rebounds… Guard Conner Frankamp totaled 11 points with three treys, while Austin Reaves came off the bench to post 11 points with three treys, four rebounds and a pair of assists.
• This season, Shamet leads Wichita State with 17.0 points and 4.7 assists per game… Darral Willis Jr. stands second among the Shockers with 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game… Shaquille Morris ranks third with 11.8 points per game, and Frankamp is a close fourth with 11.5 points per contest… Kelly paces the team with 8.2 rebounds per game…
• Head Coach Gregg Marshall is in his 11th season at Wichita State and his 20th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 272-92 record at Wichita State and is 466-175 during his career… Previously built a 194-83 record at Winthrop (1998-07).
• Thursday’s game will be the first time Marshall has faced Houston during his career.
• Marshall is 0-1 against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers… Sampson’s 1999-00 Oklahoma team claimed a 74-50 win over Marshall’s Winthrop team in the NCAA Tournament West Region First Round on March 16, 2000.
Kelvin Sampson speaks with the media and discusses Breaon Brady’s success in the post against Temple; previews the upcoming road game against Wichita State; and acknowledges the reasons Wichita State is a successful men’s basketball program and a consistent winner.