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Akron's Darius Carter Jr. helps Wichita State to No. 2 in men's basketball polls

By Michael Beaven Published: February 25, 2014

The Wichita State men’s basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the country with Akron native Darius Carter Jr. playing a key role.

Carter, a Firestone graduate, is averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game for the Shockers (29-0 overall, 16-0 Missouri Valley Conference). He has appeared in 28 games with six starts and is making 52.9 percent of his shots from the field.

Carter, a 6-foot-7 junior forward is Wichita State’s fifth leading scorer behind senior Cleanthony Early (15.8 points), sophomore Ron Baker (13.0), sophomore Fred VanVleet (12.3) and junior Tekele Cotton (10.4).

Florida (25-2) is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls. Wichita State is second and Arizona (25-2) is third in both polls.

The AP poll has Syracuse (25-2), Kansas (21-6), Duke (22-6) and Louisville (23-4) ranked fourth through seventh.

The USA Today poll has Louisville, Syracuse, Kansas and Duke ranked fourth through seventh.

Wichita State will conclude its regular season by playing at Bradley at 9 p.m. tonight and by hosting Missouri State at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both games are scheduled to be televised on ESPN2. The Missouri Valley Conference and NCAA Tournament will then follow.

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