Unbeaten Shockers Visit Vols Thursday In College Hoops

By: Willie Bee | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wichita State Shockers at Tennessee Volunteers
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Date:
12/13/2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Tennessee -1
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Wichita State Shockers: A chance to move to 10-0 on the campaign awaits the Shockers (9-0 straight-up, 5-1-1 against the spread) with this Thursday trip to Knoxville. Wichita State is 3-1 ATS away from home so far, including true road tests at Virginia Commonwealth, where the Shockers pulled the 53-51 upset as 8½-point underdogs and a narrow 72-69 escape at Air Force as 7-point favorites. Opponents are shooting just over 38 percent from the field against Wichita State, best among Missouri Valley teams, and averaging less than 59 points per game (45th in country). Coach Gregg Marshall's gang is led offensively by senior forwards Cleanthony Early (13.9 ppg) and Carl Hall (13.1), with Hall also the club's top rebounder at 7.4 boards per contest. Center Ehimen Orukpe has missed the last three games with an ankle injury, but he is listed as probable to play Thursday night at Tennessee (click to check updated college basketball injury report). Guard Evan Wessel is expected to remain sidelined due to a finger injury.

Tennessee Volunteers: Coach Cuonzo Martin and the Vols (4-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) have had eight days off since a frustrating road trip to Georgetown and Virginia that ended in defeat at both stops. Losing the two games wasn't unexpected with Tennessee getting 7½ and 4½ points against the Hoyas and Cavaliers, respectively, but the manner in which both setbacks occurred was a big deal as the Volunteers combined to score just 74 points in the two contests. Tennessee shot just 30.6 percent in the losses (30-for-98), including a puny 6-for-35 from beyond the arc. Missing forward Jeronne Maymon has played a huge role in the offensive woes, allowing teams to double and triple-team Jarnell Stokes, who leads the Vols in scoring at 11.9 ppg. Maymon, who needed offseason surgery on both knees, is not expected back until the end of December at the earliest. Tennessee has lost both previous meetings with Wichita State, each taking place on a neutral court. The most recent meeting came during the Round of 32 in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, an 80-73 Shockers win as 3-point underdogs.

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