No. 15/14 Wichita State Shockers (19-3, 8-2)
Northern Iowa (11-11, 4-6)
3 p.m. | Sat., Feb. 2, 2013 | McLeod Center (6,650) | Cedar Falls, Iowa
Radio: KNSS 1330 - Mike Kennedy/Bob Hull
TV: ESPN2 - Rich Hollenberg/Mark Adams
Today's Game... No. 15/14 Wichita State (19-3, 8-2) travels to Northern Iowa (11-11, 4-6) in the second meeting between the two teams in 2012-13. The Shockers have only completed the home-and-home series against Bradley before tonight.
-UNI holds a 24-22 lead in the all-time series against WSU. The Shockers are 3-3 all-time in the McLeod Center, and have won four straight games in the series, including a 66-41 win on Dec. 30.
-WSU is still without its two of its injured starters, Ron Baker (foot) and Evan Wessel (hand). Carl Hall (thumb), was cleared to practice Monday., Jan. 14. Hall missed seven games, Baker has missed 12 games, and Wessel had missed eight before surgery was decided upon on Jan. 8. Starter Ehimen Orukpe also missed three games earlier this season with an ankle sprain.
-Wichita State, and the rest of the BracketBusters field, will find out the matchups Monday at 5:30 p.m., Central, on ESPNU.
Marshall Moving Up... Head Coach Gregg Marshall carries a 128-64 record at WSU for a .667 winning percentage. The 128 wins ranks in a tie for third all-time at WSU, while his .667 winning percentage currently also ranks fourth behind coaches with shorter tenures than his. He needs just one win to pass Mark Turgeon's 128 wins from 2000-07. Marshall is also 321-147 in his 16 years as a head coach at Winthrop and WSU.
Valley Roadies... Wichita State compiled an 8-1 Valley road record each of the last two seasons, and combined with the early 3-1 road start in loop play in 2012-13, WSU carries an 19-3 road Valley record the last two-plus seasons.
Ranking Notes... Wichita State has moved up in the Associated Press Top 25 to No. 15, and the USA Today Coaches Top 25 to No. 14, after two wins last week.
-The Shockers, which have been in and out of the rankings since debuting on Dec. 3 at No. 24 in the AP Top 25, are tied with Gonzaga and Michigan for the nation's most wins at 19.
-WSU, ranked for the second-straight week and five weeks overall, made its way into the AP Top 25 for the third time in 2012-13 on Jan. 21 at No. 20, while the Shockers made their first appearance in the USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 21 last week, as well.
-The Shockers also spent two weeks in the AP poll (24th on Dec. 3 and 23rd on Dec. 10) and got as high as No. 26 in the USA Today Coaches poll before suffering a loss at Tennessee, Dec. 13. WSU again made an appearance at No. 23 on Jan. 7 before a second loss knocked them out of the poll.
-WSU's Dec. 3 debut at No. 24 in the AP poll marked the first time since the final poll of 2012. The Shockers were 18th in the AP poll and 19th in the USA Today Coaches poll on March 12 heading into the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
-In addition, WSU was 15th in the AP poll and 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for its highest ranking of 2011-12. In 2011-12,WSU entered the Top 25 poll Feb. 13 at No. 24 for the first time since Dec. 26, 2006 (16th in the AP after a season high of 8th).
-WSU's highest-ever ranking was No. 1 for two games in 1964-65.
20/20/20/20... 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 as one more win give the Shockers that distinction. In 2012-13, Wichita State returned 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.
Going for 20 Wins... Gonzaga (20-2) and Michigan (20-1) lead the nation with 20 wins this season. Creighton (19-3) and Wichita State (19-3) will look to join the group on Saturday. The MVC (Creighton/Wichita State) and the Big Ten (Michigan & Indiana) are the only two leagues with 2 19-win teams.
Since His Return... Carl Hall has averaged 10.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in the four games off the bench since his return from thumb surgery. He is shooting 43 percent (15-35) from the field in 25.5 minutes a game, and already has a double-double, two double-figure scoring and two double-figure rebounding games.
Williams Winning... Demetric Williams became the winningest Wichita State player in history when the Shockers defeated Missouri State, and reached 100 career wins against Bradley. He now has three more than the 2011-12 four-year seniors (Garrett Stutz, Toure Murry, David Kyles), who had 98 wins.
Home Streaking..The Shockers had won 19-straight home games losing to Indiana State Jan. 29. Since the start of 2009-10, WSU is 101-27. Here are the four best home win streaks in WSU history:
22 Games - 2-18-82 to 12-20-83
20 Games - 1-25-26 to 2-3-28
12-12-87 to 1-14-89
19 Games - 1-4-12 to 1-29-2013
Poll Position... When Wichita State entered the 2012-13 AP Top 25 at No. 24 on Dec. 3, it marked the first time since the Shockers were ranked in back-to-back seasons since the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. The Shockers spent five weeks in the poll in 2011-12, finishing No. 18 in the final AP poll.
MVC Newcomer of the Week...Malcolm Armstead scored two free throws with 14 seconds remaining against Creighton to put the lead at three capping a week where he averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He also had four treys on the week, including 2-of-3 against Illinois State. He had 10 points against ISU and 12 against CU for his eighth and ninth double-figure scoring games in 2012-13.
Hall Back in Action... Carl Hall scored 17 points and added 13 rebounds in WSU's win against No. 12 Creighton, just one game after returning to action from thumb surgery on his shooting hand. In his first game back against Illinois State, he had a team-leading 10 rebounds. For the week, he shot 47 percent from the field, while he was 8-of-15 against Creighton for 53.3 percent. His 13 rebounds tied his career high. He was named the College Sports Madness MVC Player of the Week for the second time.
Carl Seeing New Highs, too... Carl Hall is sporting a prescription sport goggle that had him shooting a career-high 72.2 percent (39-54) from the line prior to his injury this season after shooting 64.6 percent (62-96) as a junior. Since his return he has made only 13-of-22.
Chair of the Boards...Since 2010-11, the last two-plus seasons, Wichita State is 69-11 when out-rebounding opponents and 4-5 when getting out-rebounded. WSU has been out-rebounded in a game one time so far this season, while the 23-rebound margin against Bradley in Wichita was the Shockers' best this season. WSU also had 18-rebound surplus against the Southern Miss Eagles (44-26) and UNI Panthers (40-22).
Since Gregg Marshall arrived, WSU has out-rebounded 153-of-193 opponents, including 19 of 22 this season. Indiana State was the first to out-board WSU, and only did so by one, while the other two were ties. WSU's plus-8.5 margin ranks 10th in the NCAA. Here is the breakdown:
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 - 17-1 when out-rebounding, 0-1 when getting out-rebounded.
Fast Starts I... -Wichita State's 9-0 start was the first time since 2006-07 when the Shockers also started 9-0 and reached a No. 8 AP ranking. WSU also started 9-0 in the 2004-05 season. The three undefeated 9-0 starts are the best in school history.
Fast Starts II... Wichita State's 15-1 start before its second loss was the best since the 1953-54 team started 16-1 en route to a 27-4 record as the best WSU start in history before a second loss.
Five-time MVC Newcomer of the Week...Cleanthony Early received MVC Newcomer of the Week honors Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 for the third, fourth and fifth times. He also earned the honor for two-straight weeks Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.
Depth Chart... Tekele Cotton got his first 12 career starts as the Shockers had three starters out for at least a month. With the return of Carl Hall Jan. 16, WSU played 10 players. The Shockers played only eight players against Southern Miss, which is the least this season, as Jake White was scratched at game time. WSU was also missing Even Wessel (hand), Ron Baker (foot) and Carl Hall (hand). Ehimen Orukpe returned to the starting lineup against Southern Miss after missing time with an ankle injury.
National Stat Rankings... WSU as a team and individually ranks in or near the Top 100 in several categories:
Category Rank % or avg.
W-L % 10 86.4
Points 64 1,534
Scoring Offense 118 69.7
Scoring Defense 36 59.1
Scoring Margin 43 10.6
FG % 110 44.6
FG % Defense 48 39.4
Rebound Margin 10 8.5
Assists/Game 107 14.0
Blocks/Game 62 4.5
Steals/Game 77 8.0
Blks/Game 44 2.16
Steals/Game 50 2.09
Field Goal % 111 48.1
Carl Hall (as of Jan. 2 before injury)
FG % 32 57.3
Reb/Game 125 7.6
Blks/Game 70 1.9
Dbl-Dbls 43 4.0
Marshall Loves the 80s... WSU broke the 80-point barrier three times this season with 86 against Tulsa, 80 against Northern Colorado and 82 against SIU. Gregg Marshall is 85-4 in his career at WSU and Winthrop when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 31-1 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.
On Gregg Marshall... Head Coach Gregg Marshall is in his sixth season at WSU and his 16th season overall in 2012-13 with a 322-147 career record and 128-64 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 Head Coach Gregg 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, Wichita State has also been voted the MVC 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 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, 2012. 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. With WSU's Top 25 rankings in 2011-12 and 2012-13, Marshall coached the Shockers to the top 25 in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons.
Early and Orukpe... Cleanthony Early's 39 points against SIU are the most for a Wichita State player since Xavier McDaniel had 43 against Bradley on January 10, 1985, while Orukpe's nine blocks in the same game were the most since Robert Elmore had nine in 1977. In addition, Early's 39 were the fifth most in the NCAA this season.
Hall Against the Vols... Carl Hall scored 21 points and had nine rebounds, just one short of what would have been his fifth double-double of the season. He went 9-of-10 from the field at Tennessee to shoot 90 percent. He also had three blocks and a steal against the Volunteers.
MVC Player-of-the-Week... Carl Hall averaged 18.5 points on 68.2 percent (15-22) shooting, and added 10.5 rebounds a game to lead WSU to wins against Tulsa and Air Force and earn MVC Player-of-the-Week honors Dec. 3. He also had three assists, three blocks and two steals. His 16 points against Tulsa and 21 points at Air Force were team highs, as were his 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively against the pair. The two double-doubles were his third and fourth of the year.
Senior Leader... Senior forward Carl Hall put together two-straight double-doubles to open the season with his 12 points and 11 rebounds against VCU, and his 17 points and 13 rebounds in Wichita State's home-opening win. He was named WSU and the College Sports Madness MVC Player of the Week.
In-Season Tournaments... Prior to winning the 2012 Cancun Challenge, Wichita State last won an in-season tournament that it did not host during the 1963-64 season when the Shockers won the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City with a 3-0 record, defeating Montana State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma City University. Since then WSU has won in-season tournaments that it hosted, including the Cessna Classic from 1997-99. In all, WSU has won 14 in-season tournaments with 10 of them held in Wichita. Prior to the Challenge, WSU was last in the title game of an in-season tournament at the 2003 Paradise Jam.
Championship game against Iowa in Cancun... Wichita State won its first in-season tournament outside the State of Kansas since 1963 with a 75-63 defeat of Iowa in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge. The Shockers were led in scoring by tournament MVP Cleanthony Early, who had 25 points and nine boards in the championship game, which included a 7-of-13 effort from the field and an 8-of-9 effort from the line. Malcolm Armstead, also a member of the all-tournament team, had 14 points to back Early, while he also dished out five assists. Armstead also had 17 points in the semifinal win against DePaul.
Against DePaul in Cancun... Wichita State defeated DePaul, 75-62, behind 18 points from Demetric Williams in the Cancun Challenge at Moon Palace Resort to move into the title game against Iowa. The Shockers (5-0) also had Malcolm Armstead and Carl Hall score in double-figures with 17 and 11 points, respectively. WSU led the entire game with the largest margin at 13 points in the second half at the 6:11 mark.
November Heavy... WSU played a school record seven games in November.
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. 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, out-scoring 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.
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. 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 9-7 in true road non-conference games in his tenure with the wins at VCU and at Air Force in 2012-13. The last two-plus seasons WSU is 6-2 with wins at LSU, Virginia Tech, Tulsa, Davidson, VCU and at Air Force. The losses were at San Diego State and at Tennessee.
What they're saying...
"Wichita State has a terrific program and a terrific team." #ShockerNation - Jay Bilas @JayBilas on College Gameday, Jan. 26
"Shockers best story in college basketball right now. Gregg Marshall serious candidate for National Coach of the Year." - Mark Adams @EnthusiAdams, Jan. 24
"Wichita St reminds me of ‘refuse to lose' team at UMASS under Calipari in mid 90's. Lou Rowe = Carl Hall #relentless" - Mark Adams @EnthusiAdams, Jan. 24
"Gregg Marshall has guided Wichita to more success while losing 3 starters than most teams have when they are completely healthy" - Rich Zvosec @CoachZZ, Jan. 15
The environment at Wichita State looks incredible. Nobody touches the Valley when it comes to fan support." - Seth Davis @SethDavisHoops, Jan. 19
"Best raw talent in The Valley? Cleanthony Early, Wichita State" - Mark Adams @EnthusiAdams, Jan. 13
"Creighton and Wichita are the best 1/2 road punch of any two same conference teams in the country!" - Mark Adams @EnthusiAdams, Jan. 11
"I'm telling you: Watch. This. Team." - Seth Davis of http://SI.COM, Jan. 10
"You know who would be my national coach of the year right now? Gregg Marshall of Wichita State."- Seth Davis, http://SI.COM, Jan. 10
"In what should have been a rebuilding year for Wichita State, the Shockers have made their way into the MVC title conversation. Can they keep the momentum up? Andy Glockner weighs in." -CNNSI.com, Dec 4
"You probably can't name one player on the team, but don't sleep on the Shockers. They're reloaded and headed toward another NCAA berth." -Matt Norlander, Wake Up Call article, CBS Sports.com, Dec. 5
Home-court advantage...Ranking the best home-court advantages in the country (voters: Jason King, Andy Katz, Dana O'Neil, Fran Fraschilla), ordered by total points with number of first-place votes in parentheses:
1. Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas (3): 39; 2. Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke (1): 37; 3. Assembly Hall, Indiana: 24; 4. Carrier Dome, Syracuse: 23
5. The Kennel, Gonzaga: 18; 6. Viejas Arena, San Diego State: 17; 7. Rupp Arena, Kentucky: 16; 8. The Pit, New Mexico: 14; 9. Breslin Center, Michigan State: 8
10. Charles Koch Arena, Wichita State: 6
Home-court Advantage II... In my opinion, here are the 10 current best home courts in college basketball - Jason King:
1. Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas; 2. Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke; 3. Assembly Hall, Indiana; 4. McCarthey Athletic Center, Gonzaga; 5. The Pit, New Mexico; 6. Breslin Center, Michigan State; 7. Charles Koch Arena, Wichita State; 8. Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh; 9. Carrier Dome, Syracuse; 10. Rupp Arena, Kentucky