Wichita State – Tough on the rebound

WSU’s David Kyles celebrates after the Shockers took a 41-20 halftime lead over Utah State last season. Kyles made six three-pointers in the first half.

BracketBusters weekend is a struggle for Wichita State, which is 3-6 in those matchups. The mandated return game goes much better. WSU is 7-0 in the rematches entering Tuesday’s game at Virginia Commonwealth.

Of those seven wins, only beating George Mason in 2006 made much of an impact. Winning at George Mason helped the Shockers enter the top 25. Tuesday’s game at VCU, an even more imposing task than playing the Patriots after their Final Four run, could add to that list.

2004-05
Rematch: WSU ended Austin Peay’s 29-game home win streak with a 72-62 victory. Jamar Howard scored 15 points for the Shockers.
BracketBusters (previous season): WSU 62, Austin Peay 47

2005-06
Rematch: WSU’s P.J. Couisnard scored 21 points in a 55-46 win over Miami (Ohio) at Koch Arena.
BracketBusters (previous season): Miami (Ohio) 65, WSU 58

2006-07
Rematch: WSU spoiled George Mason’s Final Four-banner game with a 72-66 victory. Ryan Martin had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sean Ogirri scored 19 points, making five threes. The win lifted WSU into the Associated Press rankings at No. 24 two days later.
BracketBusters (previous season): George Mason 70, WSU 67

2007-08
Rematch: New coach Gregg Marshall won his first road game with a 62-53 victory at Appalachian State. Matt Braeuer made 5 of 8 threes to score 17 points.
BracketBusters (previous season): Appalachian State 60, WSU 58

2008-09
Rematch: Ramon Clemente scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 58-53 win over Northern Arizona at Koch Arena.
BracketBusters (previous season): Northern Arizona 85, WSU 75

2009-10
Rematch: WSU led Cleveland State by as many as 21 points on its way to a 69-54 road win. Toure Murry scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
BracketBusters (previous season): WSU 70, Cleveland State 59

2010-11
Rematch: None. The series skipped a season with return games.

2011-12
Rematch: Joe Ragland scored 19 points and David Kyles made 6 of 12 threes to score 18 points in an 83-76 win over Utah State at Koch Arena. Kyles scored all of his points in the first half and the Shockers built a 41-20 lead.
BracketBusters (2009-2010): Utah State 68, WSU 58

2012-13
Rematch: WSU plays at VCU on Tuesday
BracketBusters (2010-11): VCU 68, WSU 67