Shockers remain on the rise

13 December 2017 21:08:21 GMTPlus10

The Wichita State Shockers were one of the beneficiaries of the upsets last week in college basketball as they moved up to #3 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

The Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks and Florida Gators fell three, 11 and 17 places respectively and the Shockers were more than happy to gain three places in the rankings - trailing only the Villanova Wildcats and the Michigan State Spartans in the standings.

Winners over South Dakota State and Oklahoma State last week, Wichita State has just the one game this week, when they welcome in the Oklahoma Sooners to the Charles Koch Arena.

Oklahoma is just the sort of foe a high-ranked team hates to play. Effectively 27th in the AP Top 25 with 72 votes in the "Others receiving votes" category, the Sooners are 7-1 with wins over Oregon and USC.

Trae Young leads the nation in scoring for the Sooners at 28.8 per contest, but only two other players are in double figures.

Oklahoma is not a team that Wichita State can afford to overlook and yet there's not a lot of value in defeating the Sooners either.

Wichita State are now 3001.00 to win the NCAAB Championship, with Duke 3001.00 and North Carolina 3001.00.

This week's big mover in the AP Poll was Arizona State, who garnered five first place votes and the fifth overall ranking.

Undefeated after getting the better of St. John's and then upsetting Kansas, the Sun Devils already own a victory over Xavier earlier in the campaign.

Tra Holder and Shannon Evans II lead four Arizona State players in double figures and a fifth, Remy Martin, is a shade under at 9.9 points per contest.

Lost in the win over the Jayhawks was the debut of former Ohio State transfer Mickey Mitchell. The sophomore played just six minutes in the 95-85 triumph, but should be a significant addition to the Sun Devils rotation.

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