No. 2/2 Wichita State (32-0) vs. Missouri State (MVC Semifinal)
Game 33: 1:30 p.m., Sat., March 8, 2014
Scottrade Center (20,948) | St. Louis, Mo.
WSU Radio: KNSS 1330 - Mike Kennedy / Dave Dahl / Bob Hull Shockerradio.com
MVC TV: John Rooney (PBP), Mark Adams (Analyst), Scott Warmann (Host), Tom Ackerman (Sideline)
TV Clearances, Saturday, March 8 --
Semifinal #1 at 1:30 p.m. Central
FOX Sports Midwest -- Cannot clear the telecast on the main channel in metropolitan St. Louis due to contractual obligations to St. Louis Blues, but the game will be cleared live at 1:30 p.m. Central on the main channel throughout the remainder of the FOX Sports Midwest footprint. In metropolitan St. Louis, the game will be shown on FOX Sports Midwest Plus which can be found on Cable America-Maryland Heights and Republic – Channel 12; Charter-Missouri – Channels 10 and 198; Fidelity-Sullivan – Channel 68 or 72; Madison-Illinois – Channel 8; New Wave – Channel 12 or 16.
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Quickly… No. 2/2 Wichita State (32-0, 18-0) opened MVC Tournament play with a 80-58 win against No. 9-seed Evansville.
-WSU became the fifth team in NCAA history to start the season 32-0.
-WSU won its eighth Valley regular-season title and is the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
-WSU entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed for only the third time (2006, 2012, 2014) since the tournament moved to St. Louis. A year ago, WSU entered as the No. 2 seed for the fourth time since the tournament moved to St. Louis (2005, 2010, 2010, 2013).
-WSU has never won the tournament since it moved to St. Louis, and holds two tournament titles, 1985 and 1987, when the tournament was on home courts.
- When WSU won the tournament in 1985 it defeated SIU and Indiana State in Wichita before defeating Tulsa in the title game at Tulsa. In 1987, when WSU won again, it defeated Creighton and Illinois State before winning again in Tulsa’s home floor in overtime.
-WSU is 3-4 against Missouri State in the MVC Tournament, with MSU winning the first four meetings and WSU winning the last three in St. Louis.
-WSU ended the regular season with a 68-45 win on Senior Day March 1 against Missouri State to finish the regular-season with an NCAA-record 31 wins.
-WSU defeated Missouri State with a 19-point comeback to tie, then win, 72-69, in overtime in Springfield, Mo., in the first meeting of the home-and-home series. It was the closest margin of the season.
-WSU earned the MVC Tournament top seed and its eighth regular-season Valley title with the win against Drake on Feb. 22, and cut down the South net following the game. It was WSU’s second title in the last three seasons.
-Cleanthony Early scored 18 points at Loyola to become the 42nd Shocker to reach 1,000 career points. He now has 1,051 and ranks 35th in WSU history.
-Gregg Marshall is 14-4 against the Bears.
-WSU was 17-0 at home in 2013-14. The Shockers have been undefeated at home in Charles Koch Arena (Levitt Arena) only two other times since the arena opened in 1955-56.
-Wichita State is No. 1 nationally in road winning percentage over the past three-plus seasons (since 2010-11) with a 38-8 record.
-WSU is riding its best start in history and its longest win-streak in history at 32 games. WSU is second in MVC history with the 32-game win streak.
-The 32-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 (32-0) is ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the AP Poll. It is the highest regular-season AP ranking for the Shockers since Dec. 29, 1981 when WSU was No. 2. WSU was No. 1 in the AP poll for one week in 1964.
WSU 80, Evansville 58 ... Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 17 points apiece and No. 2 Wichita State set a Missouri Valley tournament record with 11 blocked shots, staying perfect for the season with an 80-58 romp over Evansville in the quarterfinals Friday.
D.J. Balentine had 31 points with seven 3-pointers for ninth-seeded Evansville (14-19), which lost twice by an average of 15 points to Wichita State (32-0) in the regular season.
Kadeem Coleby had six of the blocks for the Shockers, who are two victories shy of matching the NCAA record of 34 wins to start a season by UNLV in 1990-91. UNLV was perfect before losing in the NCAA semifinals to Duke that season.
-WSU’s 11 blocks against Evansville were a tournament record and rank tied for fifth in WSU history.
Season WSU Team Stat Rankings...
-WSU’s 2,416 team points ranks ninth all-time at WSU.
-WSU’s +15.7 scoring margin is currently best all-time.
-WSU’s 59.8 defensive scoring average is currently third-
-WSU’s 216 three’s ranks tied for ninth currently.
-WSU’s 612 free throws made currently ranks third.
-WSU’s 224 steals ranks seventh currently.
-WSU’s 170 blocks currently ranks second.
Individual WSU Season Stat Rankings...
-Ron Baker’s 61 three-pointers ranks tied for 11th with Malcolm Armstead’s 61 a year ago.
-Cleanthony Early’s 142 free throws ranks tied for eighth.
-Kadeem Coleby’s 41 blocks ranks 10th in a season.
-Fred VanVleet’s 169 assists ranks tied for third in a season.
-Fred VanVleet’s 63 steals ranks third in a season
Individual WSU Career Stat Rankings...
-Tekele Cotton’s 104 career steals ranks 10th.
-Cleanthony Early’s 1,051 points ranks 35th.
WSU MVC Tournament History... WSU is 28-32 in the MVC Tournament overall, and 15-22 since the tournament moved to a neutral site.
In 2013, WSU made its second tournament final appearance in St. Louis, and fifth final overall.
Overall, WSU has 18 semifinal appearances and five final appearances since the tournament started in 1977, but only two tournament final appearances since the tournament moved to St. Louis.
In 2013, WSU defeated Missouri State and Illinois State before losing to Creighton, 68-65, in the title game.
In 2010, Wichita State defeated Missouri State and Illinois State in 2010 to reach the final against UNI, losing 67-52, for the first time since the tournament moved to St. Louis.
Prior to that, the last time WSU won more than one game in the tournament was before the event was at a neutral site (St. Louis in 1991), which was 1987 when the Shockers won the title with two wins in Wichita and one at Tulsa. WSU also won the tournament in 1985 over Tulsa in Tulsa after defeating SIU and Indiana State in Wichita.
T-Second in Wins.. Wichita State is second in total wins since 2010-11 as of Friday night:
121 - Kansas (121-23)
118 - Wichita State (118-23)
117 - Syracuse (117-25)
116 - Ohio State (116-28)
115 - Louisville (115-30)
Baker Magic... Ron Baker is 45-2 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 103 games to date, started 60 games overall, including 47-straight. His is 89-15 in games he has played.
Moving on Up...Gregg Marshall carries a 171-70 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 171 wins. The latest win also gave him 365 career wins.
Best League Starts... WSU was 18-0 in league play for the first time in its history and in MVC history. SIU (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 was 18-0 in the Valley for the first time. WSU opened the 1964-65 Valley season 8-0 in its 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 won the 18 games by an average of 15.6 points a game.
Road Ready... Wichita State is No. 1 nationally in road winning percentage over the past three-plus seasons (since 2010-11) with a 38-8 record. The Shockers were 12-0 in 2013-14, and went 7-5 a year ago on the road. Two years ago, WSU was 10-1, and in 2010-11 was 9-2.
Marshall, Early FInalists... Wichita State Head Coach Gregg Marshall and senior forward Cleanthony Early are finalists for two of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association national awards, it was announced Thursday. Early is a finalist for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy, and Marshall is a finalist for the Henry Iba Coach of the Year.
1,000 Points for Early.. Senior Cleanthony Early scored 18 points at Loyola to reach exactly 1,000 for his Wichita State career. He was the 42nd Shocker to reach the milestone, and the only junior college transfer with only two years of eligibility to reach the milestone at Wichita State. He currently ranks 35th in WSU history with 1,051 points.
100 Percent Cotton... Tekele Cotton scored a career-high 21 points against Drake, and scored double-figures in seven of the last nine games to average 13.1 points and shoot 53 percent (40-75) from the field. He’s also made 18-of-44 shots from the arc in those games.
Advantage, Home... WSU was 17-0 at home in 2013-14. The Shockers have been undefeated at home in Charles Koch Arena (Levitt Arena) three times since the arena opened in 1955-56. WSU was also 13-0 in 1965-66 and 15-0 in 1982-83. The most wins the Shockers had at home was during the 1980-81 season when WSU went 19-2.
Roadies... Wichita State has won 12 road games in 2013-14, which marks only the fourth time in history the Shockers have reached double-digit road wins. WSU went 10-1 a year ago in true road games, 10-3 in 1982-83 and 13-2 in 1953-54. Since 2010-11, WSU is 38-8 on the road, which is the best in the country as of Friday night:
1 Wichita State, 38-80.826
2 Kansas, 29- 110.725
3 Syracuse, 28-110.718
4 San Diego State, 31-130.704
Spread it Out... Despite the individual scoring outbursts, Wichita State still has nine players that average more than 12.5 minutes a game, and seven players that average between 5.2 and 15.8 points a game. In addition, eight players average between 2.3 and 5.9 rebounds a game that has led to the Shockers out-rebounding 26-of-32 opponents in 2013-14.
The Inside Trio ... Wichita State gets a combined average of 16.7 points a game out of its big-man tandem of Darius Carter (8.2), Chadrack Lufile (5.8) and Kadeem Coleby (2.7). In addition, the trio also averages a combined 12.2rebounds a game with 4.6, 5.0 and 2.8, respectively.
20-Something... With Tekele Cotton’s 21 points vs. Drake, and Fred VanVleet’s 22 points at Loyola, Wichita State has 17, 20-plus individual scoring games through 31 games, compared to WSU’s 14, 20-plus scoring outings in 39 games a year ago. Cleanthony Early has seven, Baker has five, Fred VanVleet has four and Tekele Cotton has one.
80-Plus is the Magic Number... Gregg Marshall is now 97-4 in his career at WSU and Winthrop when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 43-1 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 scored more than 80, 11 times, including 94 against Emporia State, 85 against Tennessee State, 90 against DePaul, 81 against Davidson, 82 at SIU, 81 against Evansville, 82 at UNI, 84 at Evansville, 88 at Loyola, 83 against Drake and 80 against Evansville most recently.
Chair of the Boards...Since 2010-11, the last three-plus seasons, Wichita State is 105-16 when out-rebounding opponents and 10-6 when getting out-rebounded.
Since Gregg Marshall arrived at WSU, the Shockers have out-rebounded 192-of-238 opponents, including 33-of-39 in 2012-13.
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 - 26-0 when out-rebounding, 4-0 (WKU, at Indiana State, at Indiana State and at Bradley) when getting out-rebounded. Two tie (DePaul/vs. UE in MVC Tournament).
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 143-33 in his last 176 games for a 82percent winning percentage.