Evansville (16-13, 8-8)
Wichita State Shockers (24-5, 12-4)
Senior Night Ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.
7 p.m. | Wed., Feb. 27, 2013
Charles Koch Arena (10,506) | Wichita, Kan.
Radio: KNSS 1330 - Mike Kennedy/Dave Dahl
TV: Kansas22 -Bruce Haertl/Craig Steven
Tonight's Game... Wichita State (24-5, 11-4) plays host to Evansville in the second meeting between the two teams this season.
-Four Shocker seniors are playing their last game inside Charles Koch Arena tonight and will be honored prior to the game. Seniors Malcolm Armstead, Carl Hall, Ehimen Orukpe and Demetric Williams will be honored at approximately 6:45 p.m.
-The Shockers have completed the home-and-home series against Bradley, UNI, SIU, MSU, Drake, Illinois State and Indiana State in the MVC, with only a road game at Creighton remaining.
-WSU is receiving votes good enough for 29th in the AP poll and 32th in the USA Today Coaches poll.
-WSU just defeated Detroit at home in the annual BracketBuster, following a two-game road swing with a 68-67 win at Illinois State, and a 66-62 win at Indiana State.
-The two Indiana State games marked the only time WSU was out-rebounded this season.
-WSU last lost three in a row during the 2008-09 season when it lost six-straight in Gregg Marshall's second season. Since then, WSU has lost only two games in a row four times.
-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 18 games and is working toward a return, and Wessel had missed eight games before surgery was decided upon on Jan. 8. Starter Ehimen Orukpe also missed three games earlier this season with an ankle sprain.
Senior Leader... Malcolm Armstead averaged He led WSU with 20 points against Detroit in the BracketBuster game after scoring 18 points in a win at Indiana State while shooting 52 percent (14-of-27) for the week. He also averaged 19 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.0 rebounds in WSU's 2-0 week. He also made all five of his free throws against Detroit.
Valley NOW... Cleanthony Early averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in WSU's two wins last week to be named the MVC's Newcomer of the Week. Early led the Shockers in scoring with 19 at Indiana State, then backed that with 18 against Detroit in the BracketBuster game. For the week, he shot 13-of-27 for 48 percent. He also made five treys and shot 79 percent fro the line.
Chair of the Boards...Since 2010-11, the last two-plus seasons, Wichita State is 73-13 when out-rebounding opponents and 4-5 when getting out-rebounded.
Since Gregg Marshall arrived at WSU, the Shockers have out-rebounded 159-of-200 opponents, including 25 of 29 this season. Indiana State is the only to out-board WSU, and only did so by one and by six, while the other two were ties. WSU's plus-8.1 margin ranks ninth 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 - 21-3 when out-rebounding, 1-1 when getting out-rebounded.
Shocks Reach 94... WSU broke the 80-point barrier four times this season with 94 against Detroit, 86 against Tulsa, 80 against Northern Colorado and 82 against SIU. Gregg Marshall is 86-4 in his career at WSU and Winthrop when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 32-1 record in the last five-plus seasons at WSU. He is also 17-0 when his teams have scored 90-plus points in his 15-plus seasons as a head coach.
Shockers Keep it Even... Eight Shockers averaged more than 5.0 points a game, including three in double-figures, and five between 5.5 points and 8.7 points a game. In addition, six Shockers average between 3.1 and 7.2 rebounds a game and seven average between 19.0 minutes and 28.2 minutes a game. Eleven-of-12 Shockers average in double-figure minutes with only one averaging single-digits.
Four and 20... With the win against Missouri State Feb. 9, WSU has now won 20 games or more the last four seasons, which is the best stretch of 20-win games in school history. The last four seasons, WSU has won 25, 29, 27 and now 24 games, respectively.
Valley Roadies... Wichita State compiled an 8-1 Valley road record each of the last two seasons, and combined with the 5-3 road start in loop play in 2012-13, WSU carries a 21-5 road Valley record the last two-plus seasons.
Altering Shots... Senior Ehimen Orukpe has 47 blocks in the 26 games he's played, which already ranks eighth-best in a season at WSU. He ranks No. 10 all-time with 85 career blocks.
Freshman Fred... Freshman Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 17 points and dished out a career-high nine assists against Drake in a breakout game. Slowed by an ankle injury in the preseason, his previous high was nine points against Tulsa.
Creighton Game to be Televised... ESPN has selected the Wichita State at Creighton men's basketball game for Wildcard Saturday on March 2...The game, which will tip off at 1 p.m. CT, will be aired on either ESPN or ESPN2.
On Gregg Marshall... Head Coach Gregg Marshall is in his sixth season at WSU and his 16th season overall in 2012-13 with a 327-149 career record and 133-66 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 MVC 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 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.
National Stat Rankings... WSU as a team and individually ranks in or near the Top 150 in several categories:
Category Rank % or avg.
W-L % 16 82.8
Points 49 2,026
Scoring Offense 114 69.9
Scoring Defense 33 59.9
Scoring Margin 39 10.0
FG % 98 44.7
FG % Defense 37 39.3
3PT FG/GM 109 6.8
3PT FG Defense 73 31.6
Rebound Margin 9 8.1
Assists/Game 105 14.0
Ast/TO Ratio 100 1.06
Blocks/Game 54 4.6
Steals/Game 86 7.6
Blks/Game 81 1.81
Steals/Game 92 1.83
FT % 172 78.9
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
Williams Winning... Demetric Williams became the winningest WSU player in history when the Shockers defeated Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., and reached 106 career wins against Detroit. He now has eight more than the 2011-12 four-year seniors (Garrett Stutz, Toure Murry, David Kyles), who had 98 wins.
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 after shooting 64.6 percent (62-108) as a junior. Since his return he has made only 35-of-54 (.630).
Unusual Three...WSU broke a three-game losing streak with a win against Missouri St. Prior to that streak, WSU had only lost two games in a row four times under Marshall, and the Shockers last lost three in a row during the 2008-09 season when it lost six-straight in Marshall's second rebuilding season.
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.
Ranking Notes... Wichita State dropped out of the Feb. 11 Top 25 polls, receiving votes in the AP poll, and completely falling out of the USA Today Coaches poll.
-Wichita State fell out of the AP Top 25 after moving up to No. 15 for the week of Jan. 28, and the USA Today Coaches Top 25 to No. 14. WSU dropped in the USA Today Coaches poll from No. 14 to No. 22.
-The Shockers have been in and out of the rankings since debuting on Dec. 3 at No. 24 in the AP Top 25.
-WSU was ranked for two-straight weeks 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 Jan. 28, 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.
Armstead MVC Newcomer.. Malcolm Armstead was named the MVC's Newcomer of the Week after leading Wichita State with 18 points in the win at Illinois State while making 7-of-16 shots, including three treys. He also had six board and six assists in the win. For the week, he averaged 15.0 points, which included 12 against Drake in Wichita. He shot 48 percent (11-23) from the field, 54 percent (7-13) from the arc and averaged 4.5 boards for the week.
Game Winner... Cleanthony Early scored five of Wichita State's final eight points, including the game-winning trey with 4.8 seconds remaining, to give the Shockers a 68-67 win at Illinois State. For the week, he averaged 11.5 points, including 10-of-13 free throws (76.9).
Marshall Moves to Third...Gregg Marshall carries a 133-66 WSU record, moving past Mark Turgeon on the all-time wins list at WSU. Ralph Miller (1951-64) and Gene Smithson (1978-86) rank in front of Marshall with 220 and 155 wins, respectively.
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.
Hall's First Action Back... 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.
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.
Home Streaking..The Shockers had won 19-straight home games before losing to Indiana State Jan. 29. Since the start of 2009-10, WSU is 102-27 at home. 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
Six-time MVC Newcomer of the Week...Cleanthony Early received MVC Newcomer of the Week honors Feb. 25, Dec. 31, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. He also earned the honor for two-straight weeks Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.
Depth Chart... 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. Hall returned to the starting lineup Feb. 5 at SIU.
Early and Orukpe... Cleanthony Early's 39 points against SIU were 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.
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. 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... WSU 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. WSU had Malcolm Armstead and Carl Hall score in double-figures with 17 and 11 points, respectively. WSU led the entire game.
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 with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
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.
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.
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