WSU in close road games

This is one of those posts where you think, maybe, you’ve discovered something interesting. The more you look at it, the more you think it’s closer to “No duh” territory. I’ll let you decide.

Wichita State is 21-5 in MVC road games since 2010-2011, best in the MVC (Creighton and Missouri State are 14-12) in that span. What really illuminates how well the Shockers play on the road – and why they give themselves a chance to win – is their record in close games. WSU is the only MVC team in the past three seasons not to lose an MVC road game by double digits (Creighton has one). While the Bluejays also excel at keeping it close, they don’t close the deal as often as WSU has. No coffee for them.

WSU’s biggest margin of defeat is seven points, in a triple-overtime loss at Drake last season. The other margins are 5 at Missouri State (2011), 5 at Northern Iowa, 4 at Evansville and 2 at SIU (2013).

That extends to all road games, in which WSU has one double-digit loss since 2010-11, 14 points at San Diego State.

Double-digit loss in MVC road games since 2011:

Bradley 15

Creighton 1

Drake 13

Evansville 11

Illinois State 9

Indiana State 6

Missouri State 4

Northern Iowa 5

Southern Illinois 18

Wichita State 0