Sundays box score
No. 10 Wichita St. 81, Davidson 70
Percentages: FG .429, FT .688. 3-Point Goals: 11-28, .393 (Kalinoski 3-4, Belford 2-2, Brooks 2-5, Sullivan 2-7, Czerapowicz 1-3, Droney 1-4, Gibbs 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 2 (Kalinoski, Brooks). Turnovers: 15 (Droney 3, Brooks 3, Kalinoski 2, Gibbs 2, McAuliffe, Barham, Belford, Sullivan, Czerapowicz). Steals: 2 (Belford, Barham). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .426, FT .683. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Early 3-6, Wiggins 1-1, Cotton 1-3, Baker 1-3, VanVleet 1-4, Wessel 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots: 7 (Cotton 4, Carter 2, Early). Turnovers: 9 (Baker 2, Wiggins 2, Wessel, Lufile, Early, Cotton, Coleby). Steals: 8 (VanVleet 4, Wessel, Carter, Cotton, Baker). Technical Fouls: None.
A10,506. OfficialsRay Natili, Tom Eades, Ron Groover.
Wichita State is unbeaten entering a new year for the first time since the 2004-05 team went 9-0 before losing on Jan. 3.
According to research done by the Missouri Valley Conference, 114 teams remained unbeaten on New Years Day in 19 previous seasons. That, not surprisingly, is a great sign for March. Ninety of those teams made the NCAA Tournament, with 52 advancing to the Sweet 16 and 17 to the Final Four.
Five cut down nets as national champions.
The Shockers are the sixth MVC team to reach the new year unbeaten. They join Missouri State (twice), Illinois State, Creighton and the 2004-05 team.
What he said
Marshall wanted to clear up his words on a video show on the scoreboard during last weeks game against North Carolina Central. WSUs marketing department films his pre-game talk to the team. In the clip, he appeared to talk about playing for a undefeated season.
If youre thinking that no coach in his right mind goes there, youre probably right. While thats what you heard, thats not what Marshall said. What wasnt shown is that he continued on to say at Christmas. Marshall said that while he wants to win the next game and then the next and so on, he isnt so presumptuous to talk to his team about an unbeaten season. He wanted the Shockers to go home for the holiday unbeaten and wasnt thinking into the future.
Gregg did not say were shooting for an unbeaten season, WSU associate athletic director John Brewer said. Marketing produces these all-access videos each game and made an error in the final cut of this specific video. We have, in fact, received positive feedback from fans and coaches regarding these fully edited clips.
WSU leads the series 2-0, both part of the now-defunct BracketBusters. The Shockers won at Davidson 91-74 in 2012. WSUs 41 free throws are its most since it went 33 of 41 against Pittsburgh in last seasons NCAA Tournament. The Shockers are averaging 31.5 foul shots and making 23.2 in their previous four games. All five WSU starters played more than 30 minutes and Davidson outscored the reserves 16-10. Davidson starters Tyler Kalinoski, DeMon Brooks and Chris Czerapowicz fouled out.