Wichita State (12-2, 3-0)
Illinois State (8-6, 0-3)
7:07 p.m. | Fri., Jan. 7, 2011 | Redbird Arena (10,000)
Radio: KNSS 1330 - Mike Kennedy, BobHull
TV: Kansas 22 - BruceHaertl, Craig Steven
Tonight’s Game... Wichita State (12-2, 3-0) plays the second of three games in six days when it travels to Illinois State (8-6, 0-3) for the first meeting of the two teams this season and the 56th meeting overall.
•WSU’s last road game was a 79- 63 win at Bradley in the MVC road-opener for the Shockers.
• WSU most recently improved to 3-0 in league play with the Drake win, and won its 32nd-straight home MVC game.
•The last time WSU won more than three games to open the league season was 1982-83 when the Shockers started 5-0 in MVC play.
Television...Bruce Haertl calls the action while Craig Steven serves as analyst on Kansas 22 for the 7 p.m. telecast. The game marks the second of 15-straight televised games for the Shockers, which could stretch to 19- plus should the Bracketbusters game Feb. 19 be televised. WSU is 4-0 on the network to date and 7-2 in televised games to date.
The Series... The two teams meet for the 56th time thatin 1937 with a WSU loss in Normal, Ill. ISU leads the overall series, 36-29. Each team has won at home the last two seasons.
On WSU Head Coach Gregg Marshall... The veteran coach is in his fourth season at WSU and brought WSU from 11 wins his first season to 25 wins in 2010. The Shockers returned all but one starter off a team that played in the postseason NIT, received votes in the AP poll and advanced to the MVC Tournament title game. He carries a 259-132 career record in 12-plus seasons as a head coach, and a 65-49 record at WSU.
Next Outing... The Shockers play host to Missouri State in the first meeting of the two teams this season. MSU was picked second in the MVC Preseason poll. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPNU.
On Illinois State... Illinois State (8-6, 0-3) won five if its first six games to open 2010-11, but has lost five of its last eight, including the last three-straight to open Valley play. ISU’s MVC loses were against Creighton at home and at Missouri State and at Indiana State. Missouri State was picked second in the Valley preseason poll, while Creighton was fourth and Indiana State seventh.
Marshall Loves the 80s... Gregg Marshall is 67-3 in his career when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 12-0 record in the last three-plus seasons at WSU. He is also 11-0 when his teams have scored 90-plus points in his 12-plus seasons as a head coach.
Hot Shooting from Smith... Junior Ben Smith continued against Drake what he started last week, and stepped up big by scoring double-figures each of the last three games. Smith scored 12 points against Drake, and also averaged 13 points last week in WSU’s victories over Evansville and Bradley. Smith shot 8-for-14 from the field and 5-for-9 from behind the arc in last week’s two games.
Blair a Presence... Gabe Blair continues to play with a stress fracture in his back, but has gone out over the last three games and made a difference. He has averaged 9.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the last two games. Last week, he went 8-for-12 from the field and pulling down 15 rebounds in two games.
Academic Shockers...Nine Wichita State men’s basketball players were named to the Fall 2010 WSU Athletic Director’s honor roll this week, which is the most since there were also nine in the Spring of 2003. Since the Fall of 1984 there have only been the two times where nine players had a semester GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, the overall GPA of the team is the best since 2002. The players on this semester’s AD’s honor roll are Gabe Blair, Derek Brown, Graham Hatch, Toure Murry, Ehimen Orukpe, Ben Smith, Garrett Stutz, Randall Vautravers and Josh Walker.
Hall of Fame Induction Set Jan. 29...Wichita State All- Americans Tim Raley, Travis Wyckoff, Sara Younes and Ryan Barkdull will be inducted into Wichita State University’s 2011 Pizza Hut Shocker Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for halftime of Wichita State’s 1:05 p.m., Jan. 29, men’s basketball game against Bradley, while a luncheon is set for 6:30 p.m., Jan. 28, in the Charles Koch Arena Champions Club. Cost for the dinner is $25 per person, and paid reservations must be made to the Shocker Ticket Office no later than Fri., Jan. 21, 2011 by calling 316/978-FANS, or in person at the WSU Ticket Office located on the south side of Charles Koch Arena.
Last Time Out... Five Wichita State players finished with double-digit scoring totals, pushing the Shockers to 8-0 in Wichita this season with Tuesday’s 82-63 win against Drake.
A sellout crowd of 10,506 watched at Charles Koch Arena as the Shockers improved to 12-2 overall and 3-0 in Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball play. Tuesday’s win marked Wichita State’s seventh-straight victory. J.T. Durley led the Shockers with 13 points. Ben Smith added 12 points. Garrett Stutz, Toure’ Murry and Demetric Williams posted 10 points each. Stutz, Murry and Gabe Blair added eight rebounds apiece.
Stutz’ Double... Seven-foot center Garrett Stutz scored his second 20-point game of his career with 20 points against Tulsa, which marked his second such outing of his career. He scored his career-high 22 points in the third game of his freshman year. He had three double-figure scoring games that season, 13 a year ago, and now has four this season with the 20 against TU and, most recently, 10 against Drake.
Kyles Still Ticking... Junior guard David Kyles continues to impress offensively to keep his season average at a team-leading 12.6 points a game. He is shooting at a 50.0 percent (62-124) rate, and is also 83.3 percent (15- 18) from the line. Kyles has scored in double-figures in all but four of the Shockers’ 14 games.
One-and-Two... Junior guard Toure Murry continues to mix time at the point and off-guard, while averaging a team-third 11.2 points a game and a team-first 3.9 assists per game. He is also second in rebounding with 4.5 a game.
Durley 39th Shocker to Reach 1,000... J.T. Durley jumped right out of the gate against Nicholls State with a jumper from the elbow and then followed that up with a three-point play off of a rebound put-back. A three-pointer from the left wing at the 16:35 mark gave WSU an 8-0 lead and Durley 1,002 career points. He became the 39th Shocker to reach 1,000 points, and enters Friday night’s game with 1,070 career points and is currently 32nd on WSU’s all-time list. He came into the season needing 89 points to reach 1,000.
Getting Votes, Again... WSU is receiving votes this week (Jan. 3) which equates to 31st in the ESPN/ USA Today voting section and 33rd in the AP Poll this week.
•On Dec. 27, WSU was 35th in ESPN/USA and 37th in AP polls.
•On Dec. 20, WSU was 40th in the ESPN/USA poll.
•On Dec. 3, WSU was 39th in the AP poll and 40th in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
•On Nov. 29 WSU was 39th and 42nd in the two polls, respectively.
•On Nov.22, WSU was 34th in the getting votes section of both polls
•WSU was 33rd in both polls released Nov. 15.
•WSU’s votes put them at No. 32 in the Preseason ESPN Top 25 listing.
Last Time Ranked/Getting Votes...Prior to this season, WSU last received votes in the Feb. 8, 2010 AP Top 25 poll, which marked the fourth week in the 2000-10 season, and had five points for the second-straight week. WSU also had five points in the Feb. 1, 2010 AP Top 25 poll.
Earlier in 2009-10, WSU also received votes in both the Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 AP Top 25 polls after the Texas Tech win. WSU also got one point in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll Dec. 28. Prior to that, WSU last received votes on Jan. 8, 2007.
WSU was last ranked Dec. 25, 2006 (16th in the AP after a season high of 8th). WSU’s highest ranking was No. 1 for two games in 1964-65. WSU has six times played the No. 1 team in the country.
Against Tulsa at IBA.. Wichita State and Tulsa rivalry was renewed with fervor Dec. 21 in a game that remained back-and-forth until the closing minutes in front of 14,112 fans at INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita State took the lead for good with less than seven minutes remaining and went on to clinch an 82-79 victory against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a college basketball game in Wichita. Garrett Stutz led the Shockers (9-2) with 20 points, shooting 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. David Kyles hit five 3-pointers on his way to 19 total points. Toure’ Murry posted a game-high nine rebounds as the Shockers won their fourth game in a row.
Shocker Sweepers... Wichita State swept the three-game, home-home-neutral series against LSU with the 70-69 win in Bossier City. WSU first defeated the SEC school Nov. 25, 2006, when then-No. 24 Wichita State remained undefeated by winning, 57-53, against No. 6 LSU in Baton Rouge, La. In the second meeting Dec. 19, 2007, WSU topped the Tigers with a 67-47 win in Wichita.
Newcomer Ragland Works His Way In... Junior guard Joe Ragland got his first two starts of the season in Maui, and a third start against UMKC, but has come off the bench since then, and is averaging 5.6 points and 1.5 assists through the first 14 games. In Maui he shot 40 percent and averaged 3.1 assists per game.
Rebound Margin... WSU out-rebounded high-caliber opponents in Maui by plus-10 a game (38.3- 28.3). The Shockers continued that streak upon returning to Kansas, out-rebounding both UMKC and Chicago State, but were out-boarded for the first time this season at SDSU, 36-27. WSU got back on track against Nicholls State, Alabama A&M and LSU with a plus-16 margin, plus-21 margin and plus-five, respectively. WSU then topped Tulsa, 35-21, Evansville, 38-24, Bradley, 42-32,and Drake, 43-33. That brought the Marshall Era total to 87 times out of 114 that WSU has not been out-boarded. WSU is plus- 9.7 to date.
Two Preseason All-Valley...Shocker junior guard Toure’ Murry represents Wichita State on the 2010-11 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team. Murry, who stands 6-foot-5, is Wichita State’s top returning scorer. The guard from Houston, Texas averaged 11.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season. Senior center/forward J.T. Durley, from Pittsburg, Texas, received MVC Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention for the Shockers. Durley, who stands 6-foot-8, averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 2009-10. The Shockers were last picked to win the league in 2003-04 and won their most recent regular-season title in 2006.
MVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
School (First-Place Votes) Total
1 Wichita State (33), 382; 2 Missouri State (1), 313; 3 UNI (3), 289; 4 Creighton, 282; 5 Bradley (2), 264; 6 Illinois State, 165; 7 Indiana State, 136; 8 Drake, 121; 9 Southern Illinois, 120; 10 Evansville, 73.
2010-11 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team
Kwadzo Ahelegbe, UNI; Kenny Lawson Jr., Creighton (Preseason Player of the Year); Sam Maniscalco, Bradley; Toure’ Murry, Wichita State; Kyle Weems, Missouri State; Josh Young, Drake; HM: Taylor Brown, Bradley; J.T. Durley, Wichita State; Adam Leonard, Missouri State; Colt Ryan, Evansville; Seth VanDeest, Drake; Andrew Warren, Bradley