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Akron native Darius Carter helps Wichita State to 20-0 record, top 5 national ranking

By Michael Beaven Published: January 23, 2014

Akron native Darius Carter has helped the nationally ranked Wichita State University men’s basketball team to a 20-0 record for the first time in program history.

Wichita State is ranked No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 5 in the Associated Press poll following its 70-55 win over host Illinois State on Wednesday.

Carter, a 2011 Firestone High School graduate, is a 6-foot-7 and 235-pound junior forward. He attended Vincennes Junior College for two seasons and played on the basketball team.

Carter is averaging 7.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game this season for the Shockers. He has played in 18 games (five starts), and is making 49.5 percent of his field goal attempts and 62.2 percent of his free throw shots.

Senior Cleanthony Early leads Wichita State in scoring at 15.7 points per game. Sophomores Ron Baker (13.7 points) and Fred VanVleet (13.5 points) are also averaging double figures. Junior Tekele Cotton is averaging 9.4 points per game and Carter is fifth on the team with his 7.8 points per game.

Seniors Chadrack Lufile and Nick Wiggins are also consistent scorers for Wichita State at 5.6 points and 5.1 points, respectively.

Wichita State, a Final Four participant last season, is 7-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Arizona is ranked No. 1 in both polls. Syracuse and Michigan State are second and third, respectively, in each poll. Visit http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/rankings to view the complete top 25 rankings in the USA Today Coaches poll and the Associated Press poll.

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