Wichita State looks to sweep ECU
East Carolina (10-18, 3-13) vs. Wichita State (15-13, 8-8)
Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, Kansas; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: East Carolina seeks revenge on Wichita State after dropping the first matchup in Greenville. The teams last played each other on Feb. 6, when the Shockers shot 39.3 percent from the field while limiting East Carolina to just 34.6 percent en route to a 16-point victory.
STEPPING UP: Wichita State’s Markis McDuffie has averaged 18.1 points and five rebounds while Samajae Haynes-Jones has put up 12.3 points. For the Pirates, Jayden Gardner has averaged 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds while Seth LeDay has put up 11.2 points and six rebounds.
MIGHTY MARKIS: McDuffie has connected on 35.7 percent of the 182 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 20 over his last three games. He’s also made 82.9 percent of his free throws this season.
WINLESS WHEN: The Shockers are 0-8 when they score 62 points or fewer and 15-5 when they exceed 62 points. The Pirates are 0-10 when they fail to score more than 65 points and 10-8 on the season, otherwise.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Shockers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Pirates. Wichita State has 50 assists on 78 field goals (64.1 percent) over its previous three contests while East Carolina has assists on 38 of 80 field goals (47.5 percent) during its past three games.
FEWER TURNOVERS: Wichita State’s offense has turned the ball over 12.3 times per game this year, but is averaging nine turnovers over its last three games.