Shamet staying positive in shooting dip

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita State's Landry Shamet has been in a bit of a shooting slump lately. Just a couple of weeks ago he was leading the nation in three-point percentage.

The last three contests have been rough on the redshirt-sophomore. He is 5-of-27 from the field and 1-of-18 from the three-point line. He is still fourth in the AAC in three-point percentage at .448 and ninth in scoring at 14.6 points per game.

Head coach Gregg Marshall still has full confidence in his floor general.

"I've met with him privately and encouraged him," Marshall said. "In timeouts I've told him if he ever doesn't take a wide open shot that I am going to bring him out. Just keep shooting. In that particular case, it was just trying to zap him a little bit. Get him fired up. I think I accomplished that. The whole was was just to let him know that we think he's a heck of a player and a great shooter and keep shooting and -- by God -- make one. Let's get this streak over with. Let's go back to the 50-percent guy."

Despite the recent shooting struggles, Shamet is still filling up the stat sheet in other areas. He leads the conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. As the No. 16 Shockers prepare for Temple, he knows he'll quickly shake off the slump.

"I'm hard on myself, but shooting is a delicate thing and I've had a couple of bad shooting nights and it seems like everybody under the sun is offering some sort of advice and trying to ask me questions about it," he said. "It's basketball, it's part of it, it's like a golf swing, you're going to go through little phases and stuff and that's really all it is, I'm just staying positive and continuing to do what I do well for our team to help us win and I know shooting is going to come and I'll be fine."

Wichita State will try to win a third straight as they tip-off against Temple on Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.