No. 2/2 Wichita State at MVC Tournament
March 7, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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No. 2/2 Wichita State (31-0, 18-0) at MVC Tournament
Game 32 vs. Evansville (14-18): Noon, Fri., March 7, 2014
Scottrade Center (20,948)| St. Louis, Mo.
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Quickly... No. 2/2 Wichita State (31-0, 18-0) won its eighth Valley regular-season title as the No. 1 seed playing No. 9-seed Evansville, the winner against No. 8-seed Drake Thursday night.
2013-14 MVC Honors
Wichita State sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet was named the MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year.
VanVleet is the fourth different Shocker to earn the league’s Player of the Year award, joining Antoine Carr (1983), Xavier McDaniel (1984, 1985) and Paul Miller (2006).
He received 22 of a possible 36 first-place votes.
Shocker starters VanVleet, Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker were all named to the league’s first-team unit and became the first trio from the same team to earn first-team All-MVC honors since 1973.
Junior Tekele Cotton was named Second-Team All-Valley and the Valley’s Defensive Player of the Year, while transfer Darius Carter was named to the All-Newcomer Team.
VanVleet and Cotton were also named to the All-Defensive Team.
In addition, Carter and VanVleet were named to the 2014 MVC All-Bench Team, and the Most Improved Team, respectively.
Evan Wessel was named second-team all-MVC Scholar-Athlete.
- WSU defeated Evansville twice in 2013-14, 81-67 in Wichita on Feb. 1 and 84-68, in Evansville on Feb. 16.
-Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall was named the Valley's Coach of the Year for the third-straight season.
WSU MVC Tournament History... WSU is 27-32 in the MVC Tournament overall, and 14-22 since the tournament moved to a neutral site.
T-Second in Wins.. Wichita State is tied for second in total wins since 2010-11 as of Monday night:
Baker Magic... Ron Baker is 44-2 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 102 games to date, started 59 games overall, including 46-straight. His is 88-15 in games he has played.
Moving on Up...Gregg Marshall carries a 170-70 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 170 wins. The latest win also gave him 364 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 is 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 have 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 are 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.
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 is 17-0 at home in 2013-14. The Shockers have been undefeated at home in Charles Koch Arena (Levitt Arena) only two times since the arena opened in 1955-56. WSU was 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:
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Spread it Out... Despite the individual scoring outbursts, Wichita State still has nine players that average more than 12.4 minutes a game, and seven players that average between 5.3 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-31 opponents in 2013-14.
The Inside Trio ... Wichita State gets a combined average of 16.5 points a game out of its big-man tandem of Darius Carter (8.3), Chadrack Lufile (5.6) and Kadeem Coleby (2.6). In addition, the trio also averages a combined 12.1 rebounds a game with 4.6, 4.9 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 96-4 in his career at WSU and Winthrop when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 42-1 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.
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.
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 142-33 in his last 175 games for a 81 percent winning percentage.
Bringing their Best... WSU opponents have brought their best in the first half with SIU leading 33-32, at the half; Illinois State leading, 28-25, at the half; Missouri State leading by 18; Tennessee leading by one; and ORU leading by eight at the half. William & Mary, Tennessee State, BYU and Saint Louis also led the Shockers at intermission. Tulsa was tied with the Shockers at the half.
First to 20...Wichita State (31-0), became the first team in the NCAA to reach 31 wins, and first MVC team since Indiana State in 1978-79 to win its first 31 games. Only two teams in MVC history have started a season 31-0 (Indiana State won its first 33 games in 1978-79 with postseason)
Watching I... Senior forward Cleanthony Early and sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet were named to the 2014 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced.
Watching II... Fred VanVleet was named one of 23 watch list finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This is VanVleet’s second watch list nomination of the season, as he was named to the 2014 Oscar Robinson Watch List on January 23.
Top 10, Again... WSU, 31-0 to start the week, is ranked No. 2 by both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls for the second-straight week.
MVC’s Top 10 (AP) Teams in Last 20 Years:
The No. 8 AP ranking in 2006-07 was WSU’s last top 10 since being No. 2 for one week in late December 1981. The start in 2006-07 included wins at LSU, which was coming off a Final Four, and at Syracuse in the Dome under former Head Coach Mark Turgeon. Injury and illness contributed to the Shockers losing the next four-straight games that season that knocked the Shockers out of the rankings. WSU finished No. 4 in the final USA Today rankings after the 2013 Final Four run, its highest recent overall ranking.
Best Starts...Wichita State has started 31-0 for the first time in history, and now owns the best start by 22 games. Previously WSU had started 9-0 four times (1920-21 - Wilmer Elfrink, 2004-05 - Mark Turgeon, 2006-07 - Mark Turgeon, 2012-13 - Gregg Marshall).
New Year’s Day Note … The Shockers were 13-0 on New Year’s Day, and here are some noteworthy items compiled by the Valley’s Mike Kern:
Carter Getting Comfortable... Darius Carter averaged a team-third 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks to be named the MVC Newcomer of the Week Feb. 16-22. At Loyola, he had 13 points and five boards, and against Drake, he had 15 points and three rebounds. For the week, he shot 68.8 percent (11-16) form the field and also made 6-of-7 free throws (85.7 percent).
Baker MVC POW...Guard Ron Baker averaged 22.5 points on 58.6 percent (17-29) shooting for the week of Feb. 10-16. He shot 42.9 percent (6-14) from the arc, and averaged 3.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in the Shockers’ two wins. He scored a career-high 26 points at Evansville and had 19 points against SIU at home. The 26 points tied the best total for a Shocker this season.
Carter Named Newcomer of the Week...Junior Darius Carter averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while averaging 20.0 minutes in WSU’s two wins Feb. 10-16. He shot 61.5 percent (8-13) from the field and also had four blocks on the week. He had 15 points in the win at UNI.
VanVleet Earned Player of the Week Honor... Fred VanVleet was named the MVC POW Jan. 6. He averaged 19.5 points on 61.9 percent shooting (13-21) in WSU’s two wins. He made all nine free throws and shot 50 percent (4-8) from the arc. He scored 17 points, had seven assists at SIU and scored a career-high 22 points against UNI.
Early Finds a Groove... Senior Cleanthony Early averaged 21.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in WSU’s wins against Alabama and NCCU to be named the MVC Player-of-the-Week. He shot 52.2 percent (12-23) from the field and made 15-of-16 free throws to shoot 94 percent from the line. Against Alabama, he had 26 points and five rebounds, and against NCC he had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.
Early’s POW Honor Jan. 27... Early earned MVC Player of the Week honors after averaging 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in Wichita State’s two wins Jan. 20-27. He shot 62.5 percent (15-24) from the field, 69.2 percent (9-13) from the arc and 75 percent (3-4) from the line. At Illinois State he had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and at Drake he had 19 points and seven boards to go with two assists.
20-Something II... Ron Baker is the first Shocker to score 20-plus in four-straight games since Garrett Stutz from Jan. 25-Feb. 5 in 2011-12 season. After that, Jason Perez is the last to score 20-plus in five-straight when he scored more than 20 in seven-straight games during the 2000 season.
Baker’s Four-Game Tear ... Ron Baker averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 3.1 steals in Wichita State’s three wins to be named MVC Player of the Week Dec. 2. En route, he was also named the CBE Hall of Fame Classic MVP. Baker scored 21, 23 and 22 points, respectively, against DePaul, BYU and Saint Louis. The three 20-plus games, along with 21 points against Tulsa the week before, give him four-straight 20-plus games.
100 Percent II... Junior Tekele Cotton scored a career-high 19 points, all in the second half, against Tennessee, and had five rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal. He also made 9-of-11 free throws in 37 minutes of play.
Downtown Success.. WSU has played one game at INTRUST Bank Arena each of the last four seasons (Tulsa, UAB, Mississippi State and now Tennessee), and is 4-0 in the downtown venue.
More Early-Season Notes... During the 21-days without a home game from Nov. 16 to Dec. 7, WSU won four games, including the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
In-Season History... When Wichita State won the Cancun Challenge a year ago with wins against DePaul and Iowa, it was the first neutral court in-season tournament title the Shockers had won since 1963-64. In-between, WSU had won 10 in-season tournaments on its home court, and has now won two-straight titles with the CBE title.
CBE Classic History... Prior to this season’s title, Wichita State also played in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in the 2009-10 season, defeating Fairleigh-Dickinson and Arkansas-Monticello in the opening home games before losing to Pittsburgh in the first game in the Sprint Center. WSU went on to defeat Iowa, 74-57, in the consolation title game.
Shocker Nation... Wichita State carries a 146 regular-season game streak of more than 10,000 fans in Charles Koch Arena. WSU has sold out all 12 games in Charles Koch Arena at 10,506, and had 14,356 fans at the INTRUST Bank Arena game.
WSU Defensive... Wichita State was three-straight years (2011, 2012, 2013) named the Missouri Valley Conference Army National Guard Defensive Team of the Year before the award was discontinued in 2014.
Poll Position... When Wichita State was ranked in the 2013-14 Preseason poll, it marked the first time since the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons three-straight Shocker squads were ranked.
NBA-Shockers... Toure Murry (Knicks) and Gal Mekel (Mavericks) are the first former Shockers to play in the NBA in some time. Murry (2008-09 to 2011-12) is the first four-year Shocker to suit out in regular-season NBA games since Antoine Carr (1979-80 to 1982-83) last played in Vancouver for the Grizzlies during the 1999-00 season. Carr had a 17-year NBA career.
Shockers Sign Five ... Seventh-year head coach Gregg Marshall has announced the signing of Corey Henderson, Jr., Rashard Kelly, Zach Brown, Bush “Tom” Wamukota and Eric Hamilton to National Letters-of-Intent to play men’s basketball at Wichita State beginning with the 2014-15 season.
2013-14 MVC Preseason Team
Honorable Mention Selections:
Preseason Player of the Year:
CBE Induction...Arguably the greatest player in WSU history, Xavier McDaniel was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City Nov. 24.