Tuesday’s box score
No. 11 WSU 72, Alabama 67
Percentages: FG .440, FT .926. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (VanVleet 1-2, Baker 1-2, Early 1-4, Cotton 0-2, Wiggins 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 2 (Wiggins, Early). Turnovers: 12 (Early 4, Baker 2, Wiggins 2, Lufile, VanVleet, Cotton). Steals: 6 (Wessel, Baker, Carter, Lufile, VanVleet, Early). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .434, FT .737. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Releford 3-8, Cooper 2-4, Randolph 1-3, Obasohan 1-5). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 5 (Jacobs 2, Taylor, Key, Engstrom). Turnovers: 9 (Randolph 2, Obasohan 2, Key, Engstrom, Releford, Jacobs). Steals: 2 (Obasohan, Releford). Technical Fouls: None.
A—9,918. Officials—Rick Hartzell, Keith Kimble, John Hampton.
No change in the weather
Kansas coach Bill Self isn’t changing his stance on playing Wichita State, despite some national and local media outlets campaigning for the game. On Tuesday, an editorial writer for The Kansas City Star said the schools should play.
“This isn’t knocking Wichita State,” Self told The Eagle’s Rustin Dodd on Tuesday. “But if it was best for our program, I would reach out to them about scheduling them. But it’s not.”
Also this week, Marshall told Fox Sports Kansas City that a guarantee game at KU didn’t interest him. He is proposing a three-game series — at KU, at Sprint Center in Kansas City and at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita.
"I'm not going to just be bought," Marshall told Fox Sports Kansas City. "I'm not going to go to Allen Fieldhouse for a check."
Self, regardless of the situation, doesn’t sound interested.
“The one thing about being in coaching a long time and coaching at different schools and different levels is the fact that you understand that coaches schedule what’s in the best interest of their program,” Self said. “Nowhere does it say that they are obligated to schedule in the best interest of somebody else’s program that wants to play them.”
WSU’s Cleanthony Early snared the loose ball after the opening tip and dribbled in a for dunk. As he rose in the air, he realized he was headed for the wrong basket. Whoops.
As he went up, he heard plenty of voices telling him to stop. He flipped the ball back to Fred VanVleet, avoiding an embarrassing moment. After the game, he laughed about it and knew he missed a sure spot on ESPN’s bloopers.
“I was about to dunk it,” he said. “Then I heard Coach (Gregg Marshall) yelling ‘Nooo, Cle.’ I knew there something (wrong) because it was so open. I swore (Chadrack Lufile) was lined up this way. Clearly, I was wrong.”
VanVleet was one of the voices yelling.
“Luckily, it was right in front of our bench and everybody was yelling at him,” VanVleet said. “It happened so fast, I didn’t know what was going on.”
At the next break, WSU coach Gregg Marshall told Ron Baker to make sure he got Early pointed at the right basket.
On a streak
WSU’s longest win streak is 14, during the 1953-54 season. That team is officially on notice, now that the current Shockers escaped Alabama with a win.
The Shockers play their next two at home before traveling to woeful Southern Illinois to start Missouri Valley Conference play. Then it is back home for two more. WSU will likely be favored in every game it plays in the regular season.
WSU won 13 straight during the 1982-83 season and 11 in 1963-64.
Alabama associate head coach John Brannen played for WSU coach Gregg Marshall at Marshall. WSU’s Marshall served as an assistant coach at the West Virginia university from 1996-98.… Marshall improved to 5-2 against SEC teams as WSU coach … Early went 11 for 11 from the line, tying him for the seventh-best performance in program history. Jamie Thompson (1967) and Ron Harris (1971) also went 11 for 11. The record is 15, by Dave Stallworth against Texas-El Paso in 1963. WSU’s team percentage of 92.6 (25-27) ranks 13th in program history.