Keyser, Malone making strides in the background

Wichita State moved into the top five for the second time this season Monday morning after moving up four spots from number nine to five. They were third in the country earlier this season.

However, with all the success from the Shockers, as a team, the big games from Landry Shamet, the return of Markis McDuffie and much more, a lot gets lost in the shuffle. CJ Keyser and Kaelen Malone are becoming reliable assets off the bench.

"I thought C.J. Keyser was tremendous," Gregg Marshall said after the USF game. "It was his best game that he's played, in my opinion. Today, he was under control, he goes 3-for-4 from the field, 2-for-2 from the line, three assists and no turnovers. He played very good defense, he was moving his feet, staying in front and handsy in the gaps."

Keyser scored eight points in 15 minutes. Malone scored a point in five minutes and added an assist and rebound. Neither player committed a turnover.

"Kaelan works extremely hard, and I want to get him more opportunities," said Marshall. He's becoming a really good point guard."

The two will have another opportunity to show their skills Thursday against East Carolina.