Friday's Game... Wichita State (23-7, 14-4 MVC) opens the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m., Friday, against the winner of the No. 7 seed Drake Bulldogs (13-17, 7-11) and No. 10 seed Bradley Braves (11-19, 4-14).
•WSU is coming off a 69-64 loss at Missouri State which won the regular-season title with the win. •WSU tied the 1982-83 WSU team for Valley road wins as that team was also 8-1 on the road in the MVC.
•WSU was the first Valley team to 23 wins on the back of balanced scoring with 10 players scoring more than 122 points to date and only a 6.6 ppg differential between scorer No. 1 J.T. Durley (11.3 ppg) and No. 10 (4.5 ppg).
•J.T. Durley became WSU's 42nd First Team All-MVC selection, and only the second Shocker (Clevin Hannah, 2010) since 2004 to earn first-team honors.
Overall Tournament History... WSU is 23-29 in the MVC Tournament overall, and 10-19 since the tournament moved to a neutral site. Wichita State defeated Missouri State and Illinois State in 2010 to reach the final against UNI 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. Since 1991, WSU has only advanced to the semifinal round six times.
Television... Mitch Holthus calls the action while Mac McCausland serves as analyst on the FSN, 6 p.m., telecast. The game marks the 19th of 19-straight televised games for the Shockers. WSU is 18-7 in all televised games to date.
On WSU Head Coach Gregg Marshall... The veteran coach is in his fourth season at WSU and brought WSU from 11 wins his first season to 25 wins in 2010. The Shockers returned all but one starter off a team that played in the postseason NIT, received votes in the AP poll and advanced to the MVC Tournament title game. He carries a 270-137 career record in 12-plus seasons as a head coach, and a 76-54 record at WSU.
WSU Radio...Mike Kennedy is in his 31st season as the Voice of the Shockers, while former Shocker player Dave Dahl is the color man for home broadcasts and the trip to Maui. Dahl, who played for the Shockers from 1969-71 is in his 31st year. A former assistant coach (1996-97), Bob Hull, shares time behind the mic on all other road contests. The broadcast can also be heard over the internet at shockerradio.com, and in Charles Koch Arena for home games at 89.5 fm.
Last Time Out... Wichita State fought back from a 14-point deficit in the second half to tie the score in the final 90 seconds, but Missouri State went on to grab its first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title with a 69-64 win Saturday.
Shocker junior guard David Kyles hit a 3-pointer with 1:21 left in the game to tie the score, 64-64, at JGH Arena. Bears senior guard Adam Leonard answered with a 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to give Missouri State the lead for good in front of a crowd of 11,077.
WSU and MSU entered the game tied for first place in the MVC men's basketball standings with identical 14-3 conference records. The Bears secured the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament with the win, while Wichita State will be the No. 2 seed.
Kyles led all scorers with 20 points, making five 3-pointers in the second half. Four of those 3-pointers came in the final 5:07. Kyles and senior forward Gabe Blair grabbed seven rebounds for the Shockers (23-7, 14-4).
Last Home Game...Behind a sellout crowd and the pre-game celebration of the senior class the Wichita State University men's basketball team gave the Shocker faithful a dramatic win to close out the 2010-11 home slate as the Shockers defeated Creighton 67-65 Wednesday night.
The victory over Creighton gives the Shockers the first season series sweep of the Jays since the 1987-88 season. Wichita State now stands at 23-6 overall on the season and 13-3 in the Missouri Valley. Creighton falls to 17-13, 9-8 in the conference.
J.T. Durley led all scorers with 16 points. Joe Ragland had 14 points and a career-high nine assists while Gabe Blair came off the bench to grab 10 boards. Antonio Young paced the Jays with 15 points in a reserve role while Doug McDermott had 11 points.
All-Valley Recognition... Wichita State's J.T. Durley, Toure' Murry and Ben Smith earned recognition in the annual post-season vote by coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. In addition, Wichita State was named the Army National Guard Defensive Team of the Year.
WSU's leading scorer, senior forward J.T. Durley, earned first-team recognition, while junior guard Toure' Murry was named to the second-team. Durley was also third in voting for Player of the Year.
League coaches also selected a "Sixth Man Award" recipient, and this season's honor goes to Smith. The honor is presented to the league's top reserve player (one who has started fewer than 25 percent of his team's games). Smith is the first Shocker since Aaron Hogg in 2003 to earn the Sixth Man Award.
All-Bench/Most Improved... Wichita State junior forward Ben Smith and junior center Garrett Stutz received Missouri Valley Conference All-Bench Team recognition, while junior guard David Kyles was named to the Valley's Most-Improved Team.
Smith was named Team Captain for the MVC All-Bench Team. Smith, from Oklahoma City, Okla., averaged 7.1 points and 2.2 rebounds while starting three of 30 games for the Shockers this season. The 6-foot-5 Smith had 10 double-figure scoring games in Valley play and his overall scoring average ranked fourth for Wichita State. He scored 8.3 points a game in Valley play.
Stutz, from Kansas City, Mo., averaged 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 30 games played. The 7-foot-tall Stutz joined Smith on the MVC All-Bench Team. He started five games and averaged 14.2 minutes throughout the season. Stutz also added 21 blocks - second-most for the Shockers this season.
Kyles was named to the conference's Most-Improved Team. The 6-foot-4 junior guard from Dallas, Texas finished the regular season ranked second on the Shockers' roster with an average of 10 points a game. He led the Shockers with 64 3-pointers made, shooting 40.5 percent from behind the 3-point line. He started 21 of 30 games for Wichita State.
Marshall Loves the 80s... Gregg Marshall is 69-3 in his career when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 14-0 record in the last three-plus seasons at WSU. He is also 12-0 when his teams have scored 90-plus points in his 12-plus seasons as a head coach. In 2010-11, WSU is 6-0 when scoring more than 80 points, including the 80-74 win at UE. WSU is 3-0 when scoring more than 90 this season.
Leading at the Half... Wichita State has won 19 of the 20 games it has led at the half.
Road Warriors... Wichita State is 11-3 away from Wichita in 2010-11, which includes an 8-1 record in Missouri Valley games. WSU's eight Valley road wins ties the 1982-83 team which also went 8-1. The three losses were to nationally-ranked Connecticut in the Maui Invitational, at San Diego State and at Missouri State.
First to Reach 23.. Wichita State was the first team in the Missouri Valley Conference to reach 23 wins on the season. The Shockers' 80-74 win at Evansville propelled WSU to the 22-win plateau, and the home win against Creighton was No. 23. WSU has reached 20 wins 12 times in history, won more than 20 games for the second-straight season and has won 20 games in back to back seasons seven times, including two stretches of three-straight 20 win seasons.
Balanced Scoring with 10 Over 100... Wichita State has 10 players who have scored more than 122 points through the 30 games to date. J.T. Durley leads with 338 points, while Demetric Williams is 10th at 122 points.
Only J.T. Durley (11.3) and David Kyles (10.0) are averaging in double-figures. Toure Murry is next at 9.7. Despite the balanced scoring through the top 10 in the rotation, the three have lead the team in scoring 21 out of the Shockers' 30 contests this season.
Murry 40th Shocker to Reach 1,000...WSU junior Toure Murry scored 11 points at Southern Illinois to make him the 40th player in Shocker history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Murry joins J.T. Durley as the second Shocker to reach 1,000 points this season, and currently ranks 33rd with 1,083 points.
Durley Also Climbing Career Charts... Senior J.T. Durley is climbing the WSU career charts, and ranks 20th for career points with 1,249, seventh with 91 blocked shots, and 22nd with 62 three pointers.
An All-Around Guy...Junior Toure Murry is already climbing the WSU career charts in four visible categories, including points, assists, steals and three-pointers. As mentioned he ranks 33rd in scoring with 1,083 points, but he also ranks tied for fifth in steals with 126, 12th in three-pointers with 116, and 13th in assists with 297.
Rebound Margin... Since Gregg Marshall arrived, WSU has out-rebounded 100 of 129 opponents, which includes all but the San Diego State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois and at Missouri State games this season. WSU now carries a plus-8.3 rebound margin, which ranks ninth in the NCAA.
Rebound Margin In-Depth... WSU opened the season by out-rebounded high-caliber opponents in Maui by plus-10 a game (38.3- 28.3). The Shockers continued that streak upon returning to Kansas, out-rebounding both UMKC and Chicago State, but were out-boarded for the first time this season at SDSU, 36-27. WSU got back on track against Nicholls State, Alabama A&M and LSU with a plus-16 margin, plus-21 margin and plus-five, respectively. WSU then topped Tulsa, 35-21; Evansville, 38-24; Bradley, 42-32; Drake, 43-33; Illinois State, 40-33; Missouri State, 40-32; Creighton, 38-27; Drake, 45-20; and UNI, 27-19.
WSU was then out-rebounded in MVC play by Indiana State in the triple-overtime win, 51-46; and 30-25 at SIU. The back-to-back games (ISU and SIU) marked only the sixth time in back-to-back games WSU was out-boarded in Marshall's tenure in Wichita.
WSU then got back on the rebounding track by topping Bradley, 35-31, Indiana State, 32-25, Illinois State, 38-27, SIU, 39-30, UNI, 37-26, and Evansville, 46-22. VCU and WSU tied at 36. Most recently, WSU was out-boarded 35-30 at MSU.
That brought the Marshall Era total to 100 times out of 129 games that WSU has out-rebounded opponents.
Shockers Love the 70s...The Shockers are shooting 74.0 percent from the line through 30 games, which would rank tied for second all-time on the season team free throw percentage list if the season stopped today. Last year, WSU shot a WSU-record-high 74.6 percent from the line. Joe Ragland (90.0) leads WSU in free throw percentage.
Durley A Mainstay.. Senior forward J.T. Durley leads WSU in overall scoring at 11.3 points a game, and has scored in double figures in all but three Valley games this season. He is averaging 11.4 ppg in MVC play including a season high 19 points at Southern Illinois. He is the only Shocker in double-figure Valley-only scoring.
Kyles Breaks Out Again... After going three games without a trey, Junior guard David Kyles has made eight in the last three games to make an impact on the perimeter for the Shockers. He is averaging 10.0 ppg while shooting 40.5 percent from behind the arc for the season. Kyles has made a team-leading 64 treys this season which ranks tied for sixth on the WSU season list, and equates to about 2.1 a game. He has hit at least one three in 24 of the Shockers' 30 games this season. He went
Back to Not Getting Votes Again... WSU is not receiving votes in either poll for the second-straight week, and only the third time in 2010-11. On Feb. 14, WSU was receiving votes which equated to 32nd in AP poll. WSU did not get votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
•On Feb. 7, WSU was 27th in AP Poll and 32nd in ESPN/USA Today poll.
•On Jan. 31, WSU was 38th in AP and 43rd in ESPN/USA Today poll.
•WSU did not receive votes for the week of Jan. 24.
•On Jan. 17, WSU was 39th in ESPN/USA Today and 43rd in AP poll.
•On Jan. 10, WSU was 42nd in ESPN/USA Today and 44th in AP poll.
•On Jan. 3, WSU was 31st in ESPN/USA Today and 33rd in AP poll.
•On Dec. 27, WSU was 35th in ESPN/USA Today and 37th in AP poll.
•On Dec. 20, WSU was 40th in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
•On Dec. 3, WSU was 40th in ESPN/USA Today and 39th in the AP poll.
•On Nov. 29 WSU was 39th and 42nd in the two polls, respectively.
•On Nov. 22, WSU was 34th in the getting votes section of both polls
•WSU was 33rd in both polls released Nov. 15.
•WSU's votes put them at No. 32 in the Preseason ESPN Top 25 listing.
Last Time Ranked/Getting Votes...Prior to this season, WSU last received votes in the Feb. 8, 2010 AP Top 25 poll, which marked the fourth week in the 2000-10 season, and had five points for the second-straight week. WSU also had five points in the Feb. 1, 2010 AP Top 25 poll.
Earlier in 2009-10, WSU also received votes in both the Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 AP Top 25 polls after the Texas Tech win. WSU also got one point in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll Dec. 28. Prior to that, WSU last received votes on Jan. 8, 2007.
WSU was last ranked Dec. 25, 2006 (16th in the AP after a season high of 8th). WSU's highest ranking was No. 1 for two games in 1964-65. WSU has six times played the No. 1 team in the country.
Academic Shockers...Nine Wichita State men's basketball players were named to the Fall 2010 WSU Athletic Director's honor roll, which is the most since there were also nine in the Spring of 2003. Since the Fall of 1984 there have only been the two times where nine players had a semester GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, the overall GPA of the team is the best since 2002. The players on this semester's AD's honor roll are Gabe Blair, Derek Brown, Graham Hatch, Toure Murry, Ehimen Orukpe, Ben Smith, Garrett Stutz, Randall Vautravers and Josh Walker.
Stutz' Double... Seven-foot center Garrett Stutz scored his second 20-point game of his career with 20 points against Tulsa, which marked his second such outing of his career. He scored his career-high 22 points in the third game of his freshman year. He had three double-figure scoring games that season, 13 a year ago, and now has six this season.
OT Me... When Wichita State defeated Indiana State in three overtimes, 93-83, it was the third, three-overtime game the Shockers had played in history, and the first in Wichita. WSU had previously played two road three-overtime games, a 94-92 loss at Nebraska on Dec. 10, 1968, and a 76-72 loss at Cleveland State on Dec. 29, 1972.
Against Tulsa at IBA.. Wichita State and Tulsa rivalry was renewed with fervor Dec. 21 in a game that remained back-and-forth until the closing minutes in front of 14,112 fans at INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita State took the lead for good with less than seven minutes remaining and went on to clinch an 82-79 victory against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a college basketball game in Wichita. Garrett Stutz led the Shockers (9-2) with 20 points, shooting 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. David Kyles hit five 3-pointers on his way to 19 total points. Toure' Murry posted a game-high nine rebounds as the Shockers won their fourth game in a row.
Shocker Sweepers... WSU swept the three-game, home-home-neutral series against LSU with the 70-69 win in Bossier City. WSU first defeated the SEC school Nov. 25, 2006, when then-No. 24 Wichita State remained undefeated by winning, 57-53, against No. 6 LSU in Baton Rouge, La. In the second meeting Dec. 19, 2007, WSU topped the Tigers with a 67-47 win in Wichita.
At San Diego State... No. 17 San Diego State continued its 18-game home win streak against non-conference opponents, as the Shocks fell to the Aztecs, 83-69. David Kyles paced the Shockers with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, including 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Toure' Murry also reached double figures for WSU pitching in 11 points and four assists. Gabe Blair lead the Shocks on the glass with five rebounds.
Before San Diego...WSU played two-straight home games, including a 91-51 home win against Chicago State Dec. 1, and a 71-52 home win against UMKC Nov. 29.
-Prior to the UMKC win, WSU defeated Virginia, 70-58, in the fifth-place game of the 2010 EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Shockers went 2-1 in Maui with an opening loss to UConn, the eventual tournament champion, and a wins against host Chaminade, 79-58, and Virginia.
WSU came into the tournament 1-0 after playing host to Southwestern Athletic Conference member Texas Southern to kick-off the 2010-11 season, Wichita State's 104th season of play.
Maui Notes... Senior J.T. Durley led WSU in scoring with 15.0 points a game in Maui, which included a team-high 16 points against Virginia. Gabe Blair led the team in rebounds on the island, with 6.0 a game that included seven against the Cavaliers. Wichita State opened the Maui Invitational with a 83-79 loss to Connecticut despite Toure Murry's 19 points and David Kyles' 18 points. UConn shot 44 free throws to WSU's 13. WSU rebounded to face Chaminade and take a 79-58 win behind Kyles' 19 points and seven rebounds, while J.T. Durley's team-high 17 points led the Shockers to the Virginia win.
Two Preseason All-Valley...Shocker junior guard Toure' Murry represented WSU on the 2010-11 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team. Senior center/forward J.T. Durley, from Pittsburg, Texas, received MVC Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention for the Shockers. The Shockers were last picked to win the league in 2003-04 and won their most recent regular-season title in 2006.
MVC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
School (First-Place Votes) Total
1 WSU (33), 382; 2 MSU (1), 313; 3 UNI (3), 289; 4 CU, 282; 5 BU(2), 264; 6 ILST, 165; 7 INST, 136; 8 DU, 121; 9 SIU, 120; 10 UE, 73.
2010-11 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team
Kwadzo Ahelegbe, UNI; Kenny Lawson Jr., Creighton (Preseason Player of the Year); Sam Maniscalco, Bradley; Toure' Murry, Wichita State; Kyle Weems, Missouri State; Josh Young, Drake; HM: Taylor Brown, Bradley; J.T. Durley, Wichita State; Adam Leonard, Missouri State; Colt Ryan, Evansville; Seth VanDeest, Drake; Andrew Warren, Bradley
Fall, 2010 WSU Signees... Fourth-year head coach Gregg Marshall has announced the signing of Carl Hall, Tekele (Ta-KALE) Cotton, Evan Wessel and Jake White to National Letters-of-Intent to play men's basketball at Wichita State beginning with the 2011-12 season.
Hall, a six-foot-eight forward from Cochran, Ga., will come to WSU after a two-year junior college career. He played one season at Middle Georgia College and was MVP of the NJCAA regional tournament and named to the first-team all-region. He averaged 18.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per game last season. Over the summer hetransferred to Northwest Florida State in Niceville, Fla., where he will play his sophomore season in 2010-11.
Wessel, a 6-foot-5 guard, plays at Heights High School in Wichita. He averaged 12.4 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, and 7.3 rebounds per game as a junior and was named second team All-Class 6A and All-City League. Heights High School has won back-to-back state championships under the guidance of Wessel.
White, a 6-foot-8 forward from Chaska, Minn., averaged 21.4 points and 10.4 rebounds as a junior.
Cotton, a 6-foot-2 guard, plays at Whitefield Academy in Georgia. The Atlanta Tipoff Club named Cotton one of 30 players on the All-Metro Team. He was also named honorable mention Class A in Georgia. Cotton averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists as a junior.