Baylor series continues at Koch Arena


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Baylor forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. scores on Wichita State guard Landry Shamet in the second half in Ferrel Center, in Waco, Texas.

Wichita State will play rare host to Big 12 competition on Saturday.

The Shockers, who almost annually play Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, will finish a home-and-away series with Baylor on Saturday night.

“He’s not afraid to play us,” WSU Head Coach Gregg Marshall said of Baylor’s Scott Drew.

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Wichita State forward Rashard Kelly and Baylor guard Jake Lindsey fight for a ball in the first half in Ferrel Center, in Waco, Texas.

Baylor enters Saturday’s game with a five win, two loss record. The Bears lost their home-opener to Texas Southern. All five of their wins come to teams ranked outside of KenPom’s top 150. Wichita State is ranked No. 82 in KenPom. Baylor is 58.

Should the Shockers win, WSU would have a record above .500 for the first time this season.

Marshall said his team will have turned the corner “when we start consecutively beating people.”

“The standards are pretty high. This year is no exception,” Marshall said. “Our margin for error is minimal.”

WSU hosts Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday at Charles Koch Arena. The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

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Wichita State’s Samajae Haynes-Jones looks to shoot during their game against Rice University on Nov. 25, 2018 at Koch Arena.