Wichita State (6-2, 2-0) against No. 11 Houston (8-1, 3-1)
Fertitta Center, Houston; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Houston is aiming for his sixth straight win in the head-to-head series against Wichita State. In its last five wins against the Shockers, Houston averaged 14 points. Wichita State’s last win in the series was an 81-63 win on January 4, 2018.
SQUAD LEADERS: Houston’s Quentin Grimes averaged 17.7 points and seven rebounds, while Marcus Sasser averaged 15.3 points. For the Shockers, Tyson Etienne averaged 17 points while Alterique Gilbert scored 11.6 points. EFFECTIVE ETIENNE: Etienne scored 37.3 percent of the 59 3-point hits and scored 8 out of 21 points in the last three games. He has also converted 82.6 percent of his free throws this season.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: Wichita State is a perfect 5-0 if the team scores eight or more 3-point points. The Shockers are 1-2 if the team hits fewer than eight threes.
TWO STREAKS: Wichita State has won its last three street games, scoring 78 points and allowing 73.7 points in these competitions. Houston has won its last five home games, averaging 79.6 points while giving up 55.
HEAVY DEFENSE: Houston has held opposing teams this year with 56.3 points per game, the sixth lowest number of any Division I team.
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