No. 4/3 Wichita State (22-0, 9-0) vs. Evansville (10-11, 3-6)
Game 23: 2 p.m., Sat., Feb. 1, 2014
Charles Koch Arena (10,506)| Wichita, Kan.
WSU Radio: KNSS 1330 - Mike Kennedy /Dave Dahl Shockerradio.com
ESPNU: Mitch Holthus/Mark Adams ESPN3.com
Today’s Game... No. 4/3 Wichita State (22-0, 9-0) plays host to Evansville (10-11, 3-6) in the first meeting between the two teams in 2013-14.
-WSU has completed the home-and-home with Illinois State in loop play.
-In the last two meetings during the 2012-13 season, Evansville defeated the Shockers, 71-67 in Evansville Jan. 13; and 59-56 in Wichita on Feb. 27.
-WSU is 22-6 in the series and 14-5 in Wichita.
-WSU is 13-0 at home in 2013-14. The Shockers have been undefeated at home in Charles Koch Arena (Levitt Arena) only two times since the arena opened in 1955-56. WSU was 13-0 in 1965-66 and 15-0 in 1982-83.
-Wichita State is No. 1 nationally in road winning percentage over the past three-plus seasons (since 2010-11) with a 33-8 record.
-Earlier in the Valley season, the Shockers needed over time to overcome Missouri State, 72-69. The Shockers overcame a 19-point deficit to win in one of the largest comebacks in Missouri Valley Conference history.
-WSU is riding its best start in history and its longest win-streak in history at 22 games. WSU also is tied for second in MVC history with the 22-game win streak.
-WSU is now 22-0 and is carrying the best start in school history. Also, the 22-straight wins broke the school win-streak record which was the 14-straight from game four to game 16 (Dec. 7-Jan. 21) in 1953-54.
-Wichita State (22-0) is ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the AP Poll this week (Jan. 27). It is the highest regular-season AP ranking for the Shockers since Dec. 29, 1981 when WSU was No. 2.
Valley Streaks...Wichita State (22-0) will next look to extend a school record with an 23rd victory to start a season. Indiana State started 33-0 before losing to Michigan State in NCAA Finals, March 26, 1979, 75-64.
First to 20...Wichita State (22-0), became the first team in the NCAA to reach 22 wins, and first MVC team since Indiana State in 1978-79 to win its first 22 games. Only two teams in MVC history have started a season 22-0 (Indiana State won its first 33 games in 1978-79)
Teams to start 20-0 (last 10 years), how ended
2013-14 20-0 Wichita State (current)
2011-12 23-0 Murray St. (F9 to Tennessee St., 72-68)
2011-12 20-0 Syracuse (J21 at Notre Dame, 67-58)
2010-11 24-0 Ohio State (F12 at Wisconsin, 71-67)
2010-11 20-0 San Diego State (J26 at BYU, 71-58)
2007-08 26-0 Memphis (F23 to Tennessee, 66-62)
2007-08 20-0 Kansas (J30 at Kansas State, 84-75)
2004-05 29-0 Illinois (M6 at Ohio State, 65-64)
2004-05 20-0 Boston College (F8 at Notre Dame, 68-65)
Best League Starts... Wichita State will be looking to go to 10-0 in league play for the first time in its history when the Shockers host Evansville. Southern Illinois (17-0 start in 2003-04) and Drake (13-0 start in 2007-08) are the only two schools to start better than 9-0 in the league in the past 20 seasons.
More on the MVC Start... Wichita State is 9-0 in the Valley for the first time. WSU opened the 1964-65 Valley season 8-0 in their first Final Four season (21-9) en route to an 11-3 MVC record. In 1964-65 WSU’s average margin of victory in Valley play was 11.3 points a game, and this year, the Shockers have won the nine games by an average of 15.2 points a game.
POW Honors... Cleanthony Early averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in Wichita State’s two wins last week. He shot 62.5 percent (15-24) from the field, 69.2 percent (9-13) from the arc and 75 percent (3-4) from the line. At Illinois State he had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and at Drake he had 19 points and seven boards to go with two assists.
Watching... Senior forward Cleanthony Early and sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet were named to the 2014 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Thursday.
Chosen by the members of the USBWA’s board of directors, the award will be presented to the national player of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14.
Early also remained on the Wooden Award Midseason Watch List, which was narrowed this week, and at the beginning of the season was named to the Naismith Top 50 Watch List. The Naismith list will be narrowed Feb. 25.
Baker Magic... Ron Baker is 35-2 as a starter, with the losses coming last season to Tennessee in the 10th game of the season prior to his foot injury and in the National Semifinal game against Louisville.
Iron Man... Junior Tekele Cotton has played in every game the Shockers have played during his career. He has played in 93 games to date, and started 50 games overall, including 37-straight. His record is 79-15 in games he has played.
Moving on Up...Gregg Marshall carries a 161-70 record at Wichita State and passed Gene Smithson (1978-86) to move into second on the coaching wins chart at WSU this season. Only Naismith Hall of Fame Coach Ralph Miller (1951-64) ranks in front of Marshall with 220 wins. Marshall was the fastest to 128 wins and is now the fastest to 161 wins. The latest win also gave him 355 career wins.
Top 10, Again... WSU, 21-0 at the beginning of the week, is ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the AP Poll this week (Jan. 27). It is the highest regular-season AP ranking for the Shockers since Dec. 29, 1981.
Wichita State’s highest ranking was No. 1 on Dec. 15, 1964. WSU also held the No. 2 spot in the AP poll three times in 1964-65, and once in the 1981-82 season.
In all, WSU has 49 weeks where it has held a top-10 position in the AP poll.
The Shockers finished 2012-13 ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll after their second Final Four run in history, but were not ranked in the final regular-season AP poll prior to the run.
Only five MVC teams have cracked the AP Top 10 in the past 20 years, and before this year (Dec. 23) Wichita State was the last to do it -- in 2006.
MVC’s Top 10 (AP) Teams in Last 20 Years:
J27, 2014 - No. 4 - Wichita State
J20, 2014 - No. 5 - Wichita State
J13, 2014 - No. 5 - Wichita State
J5, 2014 - No. 6 - Wichita State
D30, 2013 - No. 8 - Wichita State
D23, 2013 - No. 10 - Wichita State
D18, 2006 - No. 8 - Wichita State
D11, 2006 - No. 8 - Wichita State
D4, 2006 - No. 10 - Wichita State
J20, 2002 - No. 10 - Creighton
M4, 1986 - No. 9 - Bradley
The No. 8 AP ranking in 2006-07 was WSU’s last top 10 since being No. 2 for one week in late December 1981. The start in 2006-07 included wins at LSU, which was coming off a Final Four, and at Syracuse in the Dome under former Head Coach Mark Turgeon. Injury and illness contributed to the Shockers losing the next four-straight games that season that knocked the Shockers out of the rankings. WSU finished No. 4 in the final USA Today rankings after the 2013 Final Four run as its highest recent overall ranking.
20-Something... Wichita State already has 15, 20-plus individual scoring games through 22 games, compared to WSU’s 14, 20-plus scoring outings in 39 games a year ago. Cleanthony Early has eight, Baker has four and Fred VanVleet has three.
Best Starts...Wichita State has started 22-0 for the first time in history, and now owns the best start by 13 games. Previously WSU had started 9-0 four times (1920-21 - Wilmer Elfrink, 2004-05 - Mark Turgeon, 2006-07 - Mark Turgeon, 2012-13 - Gregg Marshall).
80-Plus is the Magic Number... Gregg Marshall is now 91-4 in his career at WSU and Winthrop when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 37-1 record in the last six-plus seasons at WSU. He is also 19-0 when his teams have scored 90-plus points in his 16-plus seasons as a head coach.
This season WSU has already scored more than 80 five times, including 94 against Emporia State, 85 against Tennessee State, 90 against DePaul, 81 against Davidson and most recently 82 against SIU.
Chair of the Boards...Since 2010-11, the last three-plus seasons, Wichita State is 99-16 when out-rebounding opponents and 7-6 when getting out-rebounded.
Since Gregg Marshall arrived at WSU, the Shockers have out-rebounded 186-of-229 opponents, including 33-of-39 in 2013-14.
Here is the breakdown the last four years:
2010-11 - 27-6 when out-rebounding, 2-2 when getting out-rebounded.
2011-12 - 25-4 when out-rebounding, 2-2 when getting out-rebounded.
2012-13 - 27-6 when out-rebounding, 2-2 when getting out-rebounded.
2013-14 - 20-0 when out-rebounding, 1-0 when getting out-rebounded.
Winning Percentage Climbing... Wichita State endured a six-game losing streak during the 2008-09 season, but finished 11-6 down the stretch. Overall since that streak, including the 2012-13 season’s 30-9 record, head coach Gregg Marshall is 133-33 in his last 166 games for a 82 percent winning percentage.
New Year’s Day Note … The Shockers were 13-0 on New Year’s Day, and here are some noteworthy items compiled by the Valley’s Mike Kern:
In the previous 19 seasons, there have been 114 total NCAA teams that were unbeaten on Jan. 1. Of those 114, 90 of those teams made the NCAA Tournament, 52 of those 90 teams reached the Sweet 16, 17 of those 52 reached the Final Four, and 5 of those 17 won the national title.
In addition, 33 of the 114 teams who were perfect on Jan. 1 in the past 19 seasons won 30 or more games that year.
-Only one team (Georgetown in 2003-04) ended up with a losing record (Hoyas were 13-15 that year).
-6 MVC teams in the past 19 seasons have been perfect on Jan. 1 (Missouri State-2; Wichita State-2; Illinois State-1, Creighton-1).
VanVleet Earned Player of the Week Honor... Sophomore guard Fred VanVleet was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week Jan. 6.
VanVleet averaged 19.5 points on 61.9 percent shooting (13-21) in Wichita State’s two wins. He also made all nine free throws and shot 50 percent (4-8) from the arc. He scored 17 points and had seven assists at Southern Illinois and scored a career-high 22 points against UNI.
Early Finds a Groove... Senior Cleanthony Early averaged 21.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in Wichita State’s wins against Alabama and NCCU to be named the Missouri Valley Conference Player-of-the-Week. He shot 52.2 percent (12-23) from the field and made 15-of-16 free throws to shoot 94 percent from the line. Against Alabama, he had 26 points and five rebounds, and against North Carolina Central he had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to help WSU to its 11th- and 12th-straight wins.
Cleanthony Early Shines Again and Again...Senior Cleanthony Early scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds against Davidson and scored another 20-plus game with 23 at SIU.
At SIU, he shot 73 percent (8-11) to lead the Shockers in scoring as he also was one of three Shockers to have five rebounds.
Against Davidson, he battled illness to shoot 53 percent (8-15) from the field, 50 percent (3-6) from the arc and 83 percent (5-6) from the line to lead the Shockers to their 13-straight win.
20-Something II... Ron Baker is the first Shocker to score 20-plus in four-straight games since Garrett Stutz from Jan. 25-Feb. 5 in 2011-12 season. After that, Jason Perez is the last to score 20-plus in five-straight when he scored more than 20 in seven-straight games during the 2000 season.
Baker’s Four-Game Tear ... Ron Baker averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 3.1 steals in Wichita State’s three wins to be named MVC Player of the Week Dec. 2. En route, he was also named the CBE Hall of Fame Classic MVP. Baker scored 21, 23 and 22 points, respectively, against DePaul, BYU and Saint Louis. The three 20-plus games, along with 21 points against Tulsa the week before, give him four-straight 20-plus games.
100 Percent... Junior Tekele Cotton scored a career-high 19 points, all in the second half, against Tennessee, and had five rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal. He also made 9-of-11 free throws in 37 minutes of play.
Cotton’s block at the 9:17 mark started a 17-5 Shocker run that turned a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead over just more than five minutes. He scored 11 of his 19 points in 4:13.
Downtown Success.. WSU has played one game at INTRUST Bank Arena each of the last four seasons (Tulsa, UAB, Mississippi State and now Tennessee), and is 4-0 in the downtown venue.
Vols Were the 10th Again... WSU’s 9-0 start a year ago came up short of setting the school record as the Shockers lost at Tennessee in the 10th game of the season. WSU played UT in the 10th game of the season for the second-straight year.
More Early-Season Notes... During the 21-days without a home game from Nov. 16 to Dec. 7, WSU won four games, including the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
-WSU took a 75-62 win in the title game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. WSU pulled away late in the game to win behind Ron Baker’s career-high 23 points and Fred VanVleet’s 10 points in three minutes late in the game.
-Baker was named the tournament’s MVP, while Early was named to the all-tournament team.
-Earlier this year, the Shockers played a midnight game Dec. 12 that the Shockers won, 66-49, on ESPN2 in the Tip-Off Marathon against WKU.
-WSU opened the season against Emporia State with a 93-50 win which counted in the record for WSU but was an exhibition for ESU.
In-Season History... When Wichita State won the Cancun Challenge a year ago with wins against DePaul and Iowa, it was the first neutral court in-season tournament title the Shockers had won since 1963-64. In-between, WSU had won 10 in-season tournaments on its home court, and has now won two-straight titles with the CBE title.
WSU is made its 23rd in-season tournament title game appearance since 1947, which includes the two-straight championships.
CBE Classic History... Prior to this season’s title, Wichita State also played in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in the 2009-10 season, defeating Fairleigh-Dickinson and Arkansas-Monticello in the opening home games before losing to Pittsburgh in the first game in the Sprint Center. WSU went on to defeat Iowa, 74-57, in the consolation title game.
Bringing their Best... Wichita State opponents have brought their best in the first half with Illinois State leading, 28-25, at the half, Missouri State leading by 18, Tennessee leading by one, and ORU leading by eight at the half. William & Mary, Tennessee State, BYU and Saint Louis also led the Shockers at intermission. Tulsa was tied with the Shockers at the half.
Against William & Mary, WSU took the lead in the second half with a Coleby dunk at the 17:48 mark and led the entire second half.
Against Tennessee State, WSU took the lead at the 16:36 mark of the second half and led the rest of the second half, once by as much as 20.
Against Tulsa, WSU took the lead at the 15:06 mark and never looked back, building a 23-point lead.
Against BYU, WSU took the lead for good at the 6:12 mark of the second half and built a 13-point margin.
Against Saint Louis, the Shockers got 10 of his 12 points in the final four minutes from Cleanthony Early but didn’t take the lead for good until the 58-second mark on a Ron Baker jumper.
The Shockers took the lead for good in the second half against ORU at the 16:07 mark after a 10-2 run that included two treys by Cleanthony Early.
Against Tennessee, Tekele Cotton’s block at the 9:17 mark started a 17-5 Shocker run that turned a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead over just more than five minutes. He scored 11 of his 19 second half points in a span of 4:13. WSU then led from the 9:04 mark on, building as much as a 12-point lead.
Missouri State led the Shockers by 18, 42-24, at the half and ad much as 19 in Springfield before WSU tied it in regulation and then went ahead to win, 72-69, in one overtime in a comeback in one of the largest deficits in MVC history.
At Illinois State, the Shockers opened up the second half on a 10-1 run to take a 35-29 lead that was highlighted by a two-handed slam from Early after trailing 28-25 at the half.
Shocker Nation... Wichita State carries a 143 regular-season game streak of more than 10,000 fans in Charles Koch Arena. WSU has sold out all 11 games in Charles Koch Arena at 10,506, and had 14,356 fans at the INTRUST Bank Arena game.
WSU Defensive... Wichita State has three-straight years been named the Missouri Valley Conference Army National Guard Defensive Team of the Year.
Poll Position... When Wichita State was ranked in the 2013-14 Preseason poll, it marked the first time since the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons three-straight Shocker squads were ranked.
WSU entered the two polls in 2013-14 at the earliest mark possible, the preseason at No. 16 in both polls.
WSU entered the 2012-13 AP Top 25 at No. 24 on Dec. 3 and finished the final USA Today poll ranked No. 4.
The Shockers spent five weeks in the poll in 2011-12, finishing No. 18 in the final AP poll.
NBA-Shockers... Toure Murry (Knicks) and Gal Mekel (Mavericks) are the first former Shockers to play in the NBA in some time. Murry (2008-09 to 2011-12) is the first four-year Shocker to suit out in regular-season NBA games since Antoine Carr (1979-80 to 1982-83) last played in Vancouver for the Grizzlies during the 1999-00 season. Carr had a 17-year NBA career.
Mekel played his freshman and sophomore seasons (2006-07 to 2007-08) before returning to Israel to play professionally. The last former Shocker to play in the NBA was two-year (1997-98/1998-99) WSU starter Maurice Evans. Evans spent nine years (2001-02/2004-05 to 2011-12) in the NBA in various roles, including an off-the-court role as vice president of the NBA Players Association.
Shockers Sign Five ... Seventh-year head coach Gregg Marshall has announced the signing of Corey Henderson, Jr., Rashard Kelly, Zach Brown, Bush “Tom” Wamukota and Eric Hamilton to National Letters-of-Intent to play men’s basketball at Wichita State beginning with the 2014-15 season.
Zach Brown, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing from Houston, Texas, is playing at Sunrise Christian Academy. He played at Klein Collins High in Spring, Texas, before transferring to South Kent where he averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds, and is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. He is rated four-star by Future150.
“Zach is our first commitment from this class,” Marshall said. “He was also first to visit as a junior and enjoyed our Final Four run. He can do everything, defend, score, and an athletic wing that can handle the ball. He is a multi-talented wing.”
Rashard Kelly, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward from Fredricksburg, Va., is playing at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy in 2013-14. He also played at Massanutten (Va.) Academy.
“Rashard is a ball-getter, an athletic rebounder,” Marshall said. “He epitomizes what we want in our program.”
Corey Henderson, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard from Episcopal School of Dallas averaged 14 points, 8.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds a year ago. He earned all-district and All-Southwest Preparatory Conference honors as a junior, and is rated a three-star prospect by rivals.com.
“He is a tall point guard who can really shoot well,” Marshall said. “He plays for his father, who played at Texas A&M, so he has great genes. He is a good passer and has a very good feel for the game and a great basketball I.Q.”
Bush “Tom” Wamukota, a 7-foot, 230-pound center from Kenya, is playing at Kilgore (Texas) College. A year ago, he played at Wiley (Texas) College, where averaged 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 21 games
“Bush has not been playing basketball for very long,” Marshall said. “But he has a very high ceiling with good hands and really great feet. He is a high-level rebounder and a great student with a 3.8 GPA.”
Hamilton, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound senior at Duluth (Ga.) is ranked by Rivals.com a three-star prospect (on a scale of five). Phenomhoopreport.com ranks him the No. 15 senior in Georgia.
2013-14 MVC Preseason Poll
1. Wichita State; 2. Indiana State; 3. UNI; 4. Missouri State; 5. Bradley; 6. Evansville; 7. Illinois State; 8. Southern Illinois; 9. Loyola; 10. Drake
2013-14 MVC Preseason Team
Ron Baker, Wichita State So. G 6-3 Scott City (Kan.)
Cleanthony Early, WSU Sr. F 6-8 Middletown (N.Y.)
Desmar Jackson, SIU Sr. G 6-5 Warren (Ohio)
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley Sr. G 6-3 Chicago (Ill.)
Marcus Marshall, MSU So. G 6-3 St. Paul (Minn.)
Jake Odum, Indiana State Sr. G 6-4 Terre Haute (Ind.)
Seth Tuttle, UNI Jr. F 6-8 Sheffield (Iowa)
Honorable Mention Selections:
Manny Arop, InSt Sr. G/F 6-5 Edmonton (Alberta)
Tyshon Pickett, Bradley Sr. F 6-6 Passaic (N.Y.)
Seth VanDeest, Drake Sr. C 6-11 Bettendorf (Iowa)
Preseason Player of the Year:
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
CBE Induction...Arguably the greatest player in Wichita State history, Xavier McDaniel was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City Nov. 24 at the Midland by AMC.
X, as he was known to Shocker fans, was the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in both scoring (27.2 points per game) and rebounding (14.8 rebounds per game) as a senior in 1985. McDaniel finished his career as the school’s all-time leading rebounder (1,359) and was second in scoring (2,152). Playing for WSU from 1981-85, McDaniel was a first-team Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association All-American as a senior. He was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in both 1984 and 1985. He had nine career 20-point/20-rebound games – most in school history – and led the Shockers to two NCAA tournament appearances.