If thought Wichita State – especially its big men – aren’t playing with enough toughness this season, you are not alone. Coach Gregg Marshall voiced his concerns today in a unique way. He read several paragraphs from this story about Michigan State’s loss to Syracuse in the Detroit Free Press.
Here’s the money quote from Izzo:
"We've turned into a pretty-boy, jump-shooting team instead of a blue-collar, fist-fighting team," he said "That was as about as disappointing a performance as we've had in a long time."
Marshall continued reading and invited the media to substitute Shocker names for the Spartans. “You see some samiliarities?” he said at several points.
Not surprisingly, several Shocker big men have reached the point where Marshall needs to see big changes soon. He said he was tired of “asking” for improvement. J.T. Durley’s average of 2.9 rebounds can’t continue. Garrett Stutz’s lack of assertiveness needs to change. Defensive breakdowns – such as the number of offensive rebounds, dunks and layups by San Diego State – must stop.
“They gave up 42 points (in the paint) and, Izzo’s not happy,” Marshall said. “You know how many San Diego State had?”
The answer is 48.
Nicholls State guard Anatoly Bose is averaging 27. 4 points entering his game tonight. The Colonels visit Koch Arena on Friday. “Anatoly Bose is a high-major offensive player,” Marshall said. “You can’t foul him. He shoots 88 percent from the foul line. We’ve got to guard him without fouling.” Almost all of Nicholls State’s offense starts with Bose or Fred Hunter. They combine for 43 of Nicholls State’s 67 points. “I’m not saying that the other guys can’t hurt you, but they kind of defer,” Marshall said. “They run an offense that they lull you, lull you, lull you and then finally one of those guys gets the ball in a scoring opportunity. You can’t get lulled to sleep.”