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The Shockers beat the Panthers 67-53 in their first meeting this season.

“It’s something a lot of people have talked about, and I think we’re excited about it,” forward Ron Baker said of the two-game trip. “We’ll be prepared just like we always are. No games are a given on the road. It’s going to be hostile and we’re looking forward to it.”

Even with a weak schedule, Wichita state is still firmly in the top 10 of the RPI, a key factor when the NCAA selection committee begins to seed teams. But their schedule also means that any slip along the way would likely dash the Shockers’ chances of earning a No. 1 seed.

It would help if they continued to dominate their opponents.

The Shockers are the only team in the nation to lead their conference in scoring offense and defense. They also lead the league in scoring margin, offensive and defensive rebounding, turnover margin, rebounding margin, blocked shots and, well, just about every other statistic.

“We’re trying to win a conference championship and get into the NCAA tournament with the best seed we can get, and just remain relevant nationally,” Marshall said. “We’re pleased to go to 23-0 and looking forward to this week. I know it’ll be a big challenge.”