Wichita State will go for win number 25 tonight against Northern Iowa, a team that has been struggling as of late and has only won two of their last seven games.
Looking ahead to this matchup a couple weeks ago, the Panthers posed a bigger threat on paper as they were the third ranked team in the conference and were playing stifling defense. Since their slip began against Southern Illinois on Jan. 14, they have allowed four teams to score over 80 points.
The advantage that the Panthers do have going into tonight’s game is that they do play well at home, showing an 8-1 home record on the year. The Shockers have only won at Northern Iowa four times in their last 15 trips to Cedar Falls, Iowa.
However, Wichita State has played in hostile conditions all year and has been able to silence crowds during their pursuit of a perfect season. Most recently, the Shockers were tested at Indiana State and survived a close call to win 65-58.
Junior forward Seth Tuttle will be the biggest threat to the Shockers tonight as he has recorded a double-double in points and rebounds in the last two games. He averages 14.6 points per game on the season along with an average of 8 rebounds.
While the Shockers have a rotation of several players that are their top performer in any given game, sophomore guard Fred VanVleet was the catalyst in the first meeting between the two teams this year. VanVleet scored a career high 22 points to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assists in the 67-53 win.
A win tonight would put the Shockers six games away from completing a perfect regular season.
The game is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. Central Time.