Wichita State Men's Basketball 2020 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Wichita State Shockers

American (23-8, 11-7)

After a very strong showing in non-conference play, Wichita State struggled to an 11-7 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Shockers lost just once before January, a 75-63 defeat against West Virginia. Wins against the likes of South Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and VCU did put the Shockers in a good enough spot to make the NCAA Tournament after missing out last season and that is a step in the right direction.
Big Wins: 12/14 Oklahoma (80-75), 1/9 Memphis (76-67), 3/7 Tulsa (79-57)
Bad Losses: 1/15 at Temple (53-65), 2/1 at Tulsa (51-54), 3/5 at Memphis (60-68)
Coach: Gregg Marshall
Why They Can Surprise:
Wichita State will work their offense around 6-11 senior center Jaime Echenique. He averages 11.3 points per game and a team high 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. With forward Trey Wade and guards Dexter Dennis and Erik Stevenson helping out, the Shockers are very strong on the glass. Stevenson and Tyson Etienne can also spark the offense with their outside shooting abilities. Those two are not always the most consistent shooters, so it will be very important that they knock down some outside shots in order to loosen up the opposing defense.
Why They Can Disappoint:
This is a group that can struggle to hit shots though. The team as a whole connects on just 40.7 percent of their shots from the floor, ranking 321st in the nation. The good news is, at least compared to last year, the Shockers are doing better from beyond the arc thanks to Stevenson and Etienne. However, during the NCAA Tournament, a few minutes of missing shots could put Wichita State in a very difficult spot and they do not have the offensive firepower to come back from a big deficit.
Probable Starters:
Jamarius Burton, Sophomore, Guard, 10.3 ppg, 3.4 apg
Noah Fernandes, Freshman, Guard, 1.4 ppg, 1.2 apg
Grant Sherfield, Freshman, Guard, 8.1 ppg, 2.9 apg
Dexter Dennis, Sophomore, Guard, 9.2 ppg, 1.1 apg, 5.0 rpg
Jaime Echenique, Senior, Center, 11.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 bpg
Key Role Players:
Erik Stevenson, Sophomore, Guard, 11.1 ppg, 2.3 apg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 spg
Tyson Etienne, Freshman, Guard, 9.4 ppg, 1.4 apg
Trey Wade, Junior, Forward, 7.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg
Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler, Sophomore, Forward, 1.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.8 (148th in nation, 6th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 63.8 (35, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 40.7 (321, 10)
Field-Goal Defense: 39.1 (14, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.9 (112, 1)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.8 (210, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 69.7 (217, 8)
Rebound Margin: 4.7 (45, 2)
Assists Per Game: 14.1 (91, 4)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.8 (141, 3)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2019NITFirst Round win over Furman
2019NITSecond Round win over Clemson
2019NITQuarterfinal win over Indiana
2019NITSemifinal loss to Lipscomb
2018NCAARound of 64 loss to Marshall
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Dayton
2017NCAARound of 32 loss to Kentucky
2016NCAAOpening Round win over Vanderbilt
2016NCAARound of 64 win over Arizona
2016NCAARound of 32 loss to Miami (FL)
2015NCAARound of 64 win over Indiana
2015NCAARound of 32 win over Kansas
2015NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Notre Dame
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Cal Poly
2014NCAARound of 32 loss to Kentucky
2013NCAARound of 64 win over Pittsburgh
2013NCAARound of 32 win over Gonzaga
2013NCAARegional Semifinal win over LaSalle
2013NCAARegional Final win over Ohio State
2013NCAANational Semifinal loss to Louisville
2012NCAARound of 64 loss to Virginia Commonwealth
2011NITFirst Round win over Nebraska
2011NITSecond Round win over Virginia Tech
2011NITQuarterfinal win over College of Charleston
2011NITSemifinal win over Washington State
2011NITFinal win over Alabama
2010NITFirst Round loss to Nevada
2009CBIFirst Round win over Buffalo
2009CBISecond Round loss to Stanford
2006NCAARound of 64 win over Seton Hall
2006NCAARound of 32 win over Tennessee
2006NCAARegional Semifinal loss to George Mason
2005NITOpening Round win over Houston
2005NITFirst Round win over Western Kentucky
2005NITSecond Round loss to Vanderbilt
*all team stats through 3/8