Wednesday's 2014 NCAA basketball live stream action on the schedule will feature the current-No.4 team in all of the nation, the Wichita State Shockers. The team has been on a tear this season, winning all 23 of their games so far, en route to a perfect record of 23-0 overall and 10-0 in their conference. They'll face another test on the road on Wednesday, playing at Indiana State. The latest televised and live stream college basketball game arrives courtesy of ESPN.
According to ESPN.com in their Feb. 5 game report, tonight's contest takes place at Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, where the unranked Sycamores will attempt to give the Shockers their first loss of the 2014 season. Many believe that either Indiana State, or Northern Iowa, could be the toughest competition the team will face ahead of the NCAA tournament. Neither team is ranked, but both sit right behind the Shockers in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said with regards to his team and the upcoming schedule:
"It's the week that everyone's been talking about and pointing at, arguably two of the best teams in our league, back to back, on the road. I know they'll be great atmospheres coming up and we'll have to play really good basketball."
As of right now, just Wichita State and Syracuse are among the undefeated teams in college basketball. Ironically, the only other team in the history of the MVC to win their first 23 games was Indiana State, led by a player named Larry Bird, back in 1979. They'd go on to lose in the NCAA championship game to Magic Johnson and Michigan State. Could a similar situation arrive for the Shockers?
The team is currently averaging 74.5 points a game while holding opponents to 59.5 per contest. They were down this past Saturday against Evansville by as many as 15 points in the first half, so they'll want to be careful not to give the Sycamores a similar lead, as they just might capitalize on it. The Shockers are led by Cleanthony Early with 16.2 points and 6.5 rebounds a game, while Ron Baker is chipping in 12.9 points and 3 assists a contest. Early is helped on the boards by Chadrack Lufile, for the Shockers who currently rank 17th in the nation in rebounding.
Meanwhile, Indiana State is currently led by Jake Odum, who is averaging 12.3 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists, all of which are team highs for the categories. Manny Arop is second in both points and rebounds to add further help possibly in tonight's attempt to dethrone the Shockers. Indiana State is coming off a win at Northern Iowa 87-81 on Saturday for their previous game.
Odds makers have the No. 4 Shockers as the favorites tonight, despite being on the road. Wichita State enter the game as 4 1/2-point favorites over Indiana State. The over/under is set at about 134 or 135 points after first opening at 131 with odds makers. Tonight's game will be featured on TV and live online, thanks to ESPN's Full Court and live streaming service.
Tonight's Wichita State vs. Indiana State basketball game has a scheduled start time of 8:05 p.m. EST on the ESPN Full Court subscription for TV viewers. This game is also available for fans to watch free, live streaming online through the ESPN3 broadband sports network. See more info here for how to watch online, including any blackouts or restrictions by device.