Fascinating game today. I haven’t been this interested in a WSU-Drake game since, well, ever. It’s usually not a game that attracts a lot of attention. The Bulldogs, however, are playing so well and shooting so well that this game offers some sizzle. As WSU coach Gregg Marshall says, Drake is whipping people. It overwhelmed Illinois State and Missouri State with its shooting, and its defense is improving.
Today’s game is quite a contrast in styles. Both teams will shoot a lot of threes. WSU also wants to go inside to its big men. Drake’s big men don’t score much in the paint. WSU will mainly play man to man and try to make its athletic advantage pay off. Drake will largely play zone and try to make the Shockers shoot bad shots and lose their offensive rythmn.Around the Valley
How Drake won four straight. It’s early to call the Bulldogs MVC contenders, but they are on a roll.Wichita State is one of the opponents in line for a BracketBusters game at Butler.Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich uses Dinma Odiakosa as his training film for big men.SIU might start a walk-on today against the Redbirds. That’s one more sign things are not going well in Carbondale.