Howard Bison (0-2)
Wichita State Shockers (3-0)
2 p.m. | Sat., Nov.17, 2012 | Charles Koch Arena (10,506)
Radio: KNSS 1330 - Mike Kennedy/Dave Dahl TV: None
Quickly... Wichita State (3-0) plays host to Howard (0-2) in the second game of the Cancun Challenge for both teams before travelling to Cancun Sunday evening for a Tuesday game against DePaul. WSU is playing its third game in five days.
•The Shockers are coming off a 79-63 win against Western Carolina Thursday night.
•WSU returned at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, from VCU where it defeated the Rams, 53-51, on ESPNU Tuesday night.
•With the two-point margin of victory Tuesday, WSU and VCU have decided their three games by six points, or an average of two points a game. The two met each of the last three seasons with VCU winning the first two by a total of four points.
•Including the VCU game, WSU is in the midst of a furious two weeks where it plays five games in 10 days, including the last two which are in Cancun.
•WSU won its home-opener Nov. 10, a 71-57 win at home against North Carolina Central.
•WSU's leading scorer and rebounder after three games is Carl Hall, who averages 15.0 points and 9.7 rebounds. Backing him is junior college transfer Cleanthony Early, who averages 14.7 points and 6.3 reobunds a game. Redshirt freshman Ron Baker, who averages 10.0 points and 2.7 rebounds is third in scoring. Transfer Malcolm Armstead had 15 assists in the first three games.
2012 Men’s Cancun Challenge
U.S. Games - Tue. Nov. 13
Western Kentucky 74, Austin Peay 54
Thu. Nov. 15
Gardner-Webb 71, DePaul 59
Iowa 66, Howard 36
Wichita State 79, Western Carolina 63
Sat. Nov. 17
Austin Peay St. at DePaul
Gardner-Webb at Iowa
Western Carolina at Western Kentucky
Howard at Wichita St.
Cancun Games - Tue. Nov. 20
Austin Peay St. vs. W. Carolina @ 1:30pm ET
Howard vs. Gardner-Webb @ 4pm ET
DePaul vs. Wichita St. @ 7pm ET
Iowa vs. Western Kentucky @ 9:30pm ET
Wed., Nov. 21
Third Place Game @ 7pm ET
Championship Game @ 9:30pm ET
Cancun TV... CBS Sports Network will televise games from the Riviera Division from Cancun. The network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
Last Time Out... Wichita State got 21 points from junior Cleanthony Early en route to defeating Western Carolina, 79-63, in the first game of the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge for both teams.
Wichita State wouldn't look back from there ending the half on a 25-6 run over the final 8:37 of the half taking a 46-27 lead into the break. The Catamounts outscored the Shockers in the second half, 36-33, with the game mainly out of reach. Trey Sumler led the Catamounts with 18 points.
Wichita State finished the game 26-of-27 at the free throw line. The Shockers' .962 free throw percentage was the sixth best performance in school history and the best since going 17-for-17 on Feb. 11, 2012 at Creighton.
On Gregg Marshall... Head Coach Gregg Marshall is in his sixth season at WSU and his 16th season overall in 2012-13 with a 306-144 career record and 112-61 record at WSU... Wichita State went 27-6 in 2011-12 to complete the bookend to the best two-year record (56-14) in Wichita State history in Gregg Marshall's fourth and fifth seasons...En route, the Shockers won the Missouri Valley Conference title, which earned Marshall the Valley Coach of the Year honor, his first at WSU...With the conference title in the bag, WSU then earned an at-large ticket to the NCAA Tournament, dropping a second round game in Portland to VCU...Under Marshall's tutelage, WSU has also been voted the Army National Guard All-Defensive Team for two-straight seasons...Marshall personally reached the 300-win career mark and 100-win WSU mark in 2011-12... He ended the season with a 303-144 career record in 15 seasons as head coach, and was 109-61 at WSU in five seasons. His 2011-12 team also won the Valley regular season for the first time since 2006 with a 16-2 record...Marshall's 300th career win came in 2012 with a win Feb. 18 in the Bracketbuster Series game at Davidson...Marshall also coached the first Shocker Top 25 team since 2006-07 when WSU entered the list at No. 24 on Feb. 13. The Shockers rose to No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25, and entered the NCAA Tournament 18th and 19th, respectively, in the polls...For his effort, Marshall was named 2012 Division I All-District 16 Coach-of-the-Year and the 2012 MVC Coach-of-the-Year.
Shocks Win at VCU...WSU defeated VCU, 53-51, on a game-winning jumper from Malcolm Armstead with 3.8 seconds remaining in the game on Tuesday night...Senior Carl Hall recorded his second double-double in two games for Wichita State (2-0, 0-0) with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cleanthony Early added 13 points and Armstead had 11...Juvonte Reddic led VCU (1-1, 0-0) with 22 points and 10 rebounds...The Shockers held the Rams to a 34.7 shooting percentage for the game and dominated the paint, outscoring their opponent 30-12 in the lane...In a low-scoring contest that went back-and-forth all night, Darius Theus hit a 3-pointer for VCU that tied the game at 51 with 26.6 seconds to play. Armstead then nailed a long two-pointer that eventually won the game for Wichita State.
Senior Leader... Senior forward Carl Hall put together two-straight double-doubles with his 12 points and 11 rebounds against VCU, and his 17 points and 13 rebounds in Wichita State's home-opening win Saturday night. He was named WSU and the College Sports Madness MVC Player of the Week.
Breakout Game... Redshirt freshman guard Ron Baker scored a career-high 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the home-opener, which included a 4-of-7 effort from the arc. Baker also made all four free throws and had four rebounds.
Early's Breakout Game.. Cleanthony Early scored a WSU-high 21 points and grabbed eight boards to lead WSU on 6-of-11 shooting, including an 8-of-8 effort from the line.
Holiday Road... In November, Wichita State plays five games in 10 days, including the last two which are in Cancun, Mexico. Including the Tulsa game Nov. 28, WSU will already have seven regular-season games under its belt before Dec. 1, which is the most November games in school history.
20/20/20... Wichita State has won more than 20 games the last three seasons, and is on a quest to make it a school record fourth-straight season. In 2012-13, Wichita State returns only 22.7-of-77.1 points and 42-of-165 starts a game from a year ago with seniors Carl Hall and Demetric Williams, as well as Tekele Cotton, Jake White, Evan Wessel and Ehimen Orukpe.
Home Opener... Wichita State now has an 88-18 record in its home openers and a 78-28 record in season openers in its 106 years after defeating North Carolina Central, 71-57, Saturday Night. The Shockers have won the last 17 home openers, including all six in Gregg Marshall's tenure.
True Non-Conference Road Record... Gregg Marshall and the Shockers are 7-6 in true road non-conference games in his tenure with the win at VCU Tuesday.
The last two-plus seasons WSU is 5-1 with wins at LSU, Virginia Tech, Tulsa, Davidson and VCU.
Overall Road Wins... Wichita State is 21-3 the last two-plus seasons on the road in both non-conference and conference games. WSU is 1-0 in 2012-13, went 10-1 in 2011-12 and 10-2 in 2010-11.
Marshall Loves the 80s... Gregg Marshall is 82-4 in his career when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 28-1 record in the last five-plus seasons at WSU. He is also 16-0 when his teams have scored 90-plus points in his 15-plus seasons as a head coach.
In 2010-11, WSU was 7-0 when scoring more than 80 points, and was 3-0 when scoring more than 90.
In 2011-12, his teams were 13-1 when scoring more than 80, 4-0 when scoring 90 or more, and 1-0 when scoring more than 100.
Attack the Boards... Since Gregg Marshall arrived, WSU has out-rebounded 136-of-173 opponents, including two of three this season.
WSU out-boarded all but four opponents in 2011-12, and finished at 6.5 a game, which was 15th in the NCAA.
In addition, WSU carried a plus-8.4 rebound margin in 2010-11, which ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA all season.
Early Bumps and Bruises/Redshirting... Junior center Chadrack Lufile did not play in the exhibition due to a left knee injury, but picked up limited minutes against NC Central, VCU and WCU... Demetric Williams played 12 minutes in the exhibition after missing time in the preseason returning from ankle surgery, and played 12 minutes in the NC Central game... Fred VanVleet played 11 minutes in the exhibition after missing some preseason with an ankle injury... Freshmen Zach Bush and Derail Green did not play and will redshirt.
Shockers Picked Fourth; Hall Preseason Honorable Mention All-MVC... Defending champion Wichita State was picked fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll of league coaches, sports information directors and media, the league announced. In addition, senior forward Carl Hall was picked as a member of the preseason honorable mention team.
MVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
School (First-Place Votes) Total
1. Creighton (38), 398
2. Illinois State (2), 327
3. UNI, 316
4. Wichita State, 298
5. Evansville, 240
6. Drake, 184
7. Indiana State, 165
8. Missouri State, 122
9. Bradley, 84
10. Southern Illinois, 66
2012-13 MVC Preseason Teams
Doug McDermott, Creighton (Pre-Season Player of the Year)
Colt Ryan, Evansville
Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State
Jake Odum, Indiana State
Ben Simons, Drake
Gregory Echenique, Creighton
Anthony James, UNI
Carl Hall, Wichita State
Seth Tuttle, UNI
2012-13 Shocker Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 5 PITTSBURGH STATE (Exh.) W, 100-56
Nov. 10 NC CENTRAL W, 71-57
Nov. 13 at VCU (ESPNU) W, 53-51
Nov. 15 WESTERN CAROLINA W, 79-63
Nov. 17 HOWARD 2 p.m.
Nov. 20 DePaul (CBS) 6 p.m.
Nov. 21 Iowa or W. Kentucky (CBS) 6/8:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 TULSA (KS22) 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 at Air Force (KS22) 4 p.m.
Dec. 8 NORTHERN COLORADO 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 at Tennessee (KS22/Fox South) 6 p.m.
Dec. 20 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 SOUTHERN MISS (INTRUST Bank) 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 UNI* (MVC TV) 5 p.m.
Jan. 2 at Drake* (KS22) 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 6 at Bradley* (ESPNU) 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 SIU* (KS22) 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 at Evansville* (KS22) 3:35 p.m.
Jan. 16 ILLINOIS STATE* (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 CREIGHTON* (ESPN2) 3 p.m.
Jan. 23 at Missouri State* (KS22) 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 BRADLEY* (KS22) 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 INDIANA STATE* (KS22) 7 p.m.
Feb. 2 at UNI* (ESPN2) 3 p.m.
Feb. 5 at SIU* (KS22) 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 MISSOURI STATE* (MVC TV) 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 13 DRAKE* (KS22) 7 p.m.
Feb. 17 at Illinois State* (ESPNU) 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 at Indiana State* (ESPN3) 6 p.m.
Feb. 22-23 BRACKETBUSTERS TBD
Feb. 27 EVANSVILLE* (KS22) 7 p.m.
March 2 at Creighton* TBD
March 7-10 MVC Tournament (St. Louis, Mo.)