For What It's Worth
6:02 AM CST, March 8, 2013
(ST. LOUIS, Mo.)
For What it’s Worth---March 8 -- Another reason to like Wichita State hoops Coach Gregg Marshall, for me anyway-- I walk into his press conference yesterday afternoon with my 14 year old son and he stops in mid-answer to say hello to him---from the podium. It made Jake’s day.
Missouri State is next---
I liked Wichita State regardless the opponent today, but I like their matchup with Missouri State better with Missouri State than I do Southern Illinois. The Bears play a more conventional game that SIU which, outsized, takes everything to the rim off the dribble. The Shockers were fortunate to beat the Salukis in Wichita and they lost to them in Carbondale. That’s not to say that MSU can’t create some problems, but their style is much more conducive to the Shockers.
Preps have been good---
Marshall told me today that his club’s practices this week have been ‘really good’. Not that it always equates to a game—miss a few shots and it looks like you’re not prepared. I expect the Shocks to play well; they understand the need to defend (Missouri State has shot just 32 percent against WSU) and they’ve outrebounded MSU by 32 in their two meetings. Advantage Shockers.
What it means---
Wichita State still seems to be pretty solidly in the NCAA field, but that could change. A win over Missouri State doesn’t help as much as a loss to the Bears would hurt. Missouri State is in the low 200’s in the RPI, a loss to them tonight and the Shockers tourney chances could be RIP.
The Missouri State-Southern Illinois game, a 7-10 matchup, drew over 7,500 hundred last night. It was easily the biggest play-in round crowd that I’ve seen in St. Louis. It makes me think that Missouri State will be well supported in their game against the Shockers. It’s not surprising that Creighton and Wichita State sold, far and away, the most tickets to this event---even though they have to come the farthest to get here.
Ron Baker sighting---
Ron Baker started the first ten games of the season before sustaining a foot injury that’s kept him out for three months. The redshirt freshman out of Scott City has been practicing this week and is expected to play tonight. Baker is clearly not in game shape, but he’s a tough kid and will give Marshall everything he can, besides, he’s missed so much time that just the adrenaline of being back will sustain him for a while. The guard was averaging nearly eight points a game, but his defense could really help, depending how like it takes for him not to be sucking wind.
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