Wichita State looks to improve to 27-0 on CSN

Wichita State looks to improve to 27-0 on CSN
February 15, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Can the Shockers stay unbeaten into March?

That is one of college basketball's biggest questions, and it's one that will be at least partially answered Sunday at 4 p.m., when No. 4 Wichita State takes on Evansville on CSN.

The Shockers are in prime position for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament thanks to a 26-0 record. And that No. 4 ranking in the AP poll? That could go up after No. 2 Arizona lost on Friday night.

But with basketball's greatest heights realistically within the Shockers' grasp, they'll first need to get past the Evansville Aces on Sunday.

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These two teams already met once in Missouri Valley play, with Wichita State grabbing an 81-67 home win back on Feb. 1. The Shockers had four players in double figures in that game, but Evansville's D.J. Balentine was the game's top scorers, netting 26 points in a loss. Balentine is the conference's leading scorer, averaging 23.2 points per game.

Wichita State has just five games remaining on its regular-season schedule, five games that they'll need to win to remain one of the nation's top teams, given the Missouri Valley's relative lack of conference strength.

It all starts Sunday on CSN.