In an excellent college basketball matchup on Saturday night in Oxford, it was the Wichita State Shockers making a little bit of extra noise with a massive 83-79 win over Ole Miss. Saturday night at the Pavilion on the campus of Ole Miss had the feeling of an NCAA Tournament first-round game when these two battled it out.
Heading into the matchup with the Shockers, Ole Miss was looking to avenge the 74-54 loss that the Rebels took last season, on the road at Wichita State. For a large part of the game, it looked like Ole Miss was going to do it, with Devontae Shuler and KJ Buffen leading the way in scoring with a combined total of 38 points.
Ole Miss also had impressive points off turnovers total with 31 points.
However, despite the efforts from Shuler and Buffen, Ole Miss lacked quality minutes from the bench. The bench players combined for a dismal nine total points on the game.
With the loss, Ole Miss falls to 5-3 on the season and will return to action on Wednesday night as they return home to take on the Auburn Tigers.
For Wichita State, this was an impressive win on many fronts. On the offensive side of things, it was Tyson Etienne leading the way for the Shockers with 29 points. Dexter Dennis and Alterique Gilbert weren’t far behind, combining for 24 points.
Wichita State won this game by throwing the Rebels for a loop when they switched to a Two-Three Zone. The switch came early in the second half and played a gigantic role in the Shockers’ win over Ole Miss.
With the win for Wichita State, they will improve to 6-2 on the season and will look to remain unbeaten in AAC play on Wednesday night, as they get ready to travel to Houston to take on the Cougars.