According to RealTimeRPI.com, Wichita State is No. 48 and Nicholls State is No. 24. Same with Jerry Palm at CollegeRPI.com. It’s too early to get too wrapped up in the RPI. It’s not too early to say this is a good game for the Shockers. Much like Northwestern State in 2006, Nicholls State could turn out to be a top 100 opponent. For a guarantee game, that’s golden.
It also shows the Colonels, and leading scorer Anatoly Bose are dangerous. The Shockers need to play well after the loss at San Diego State and finish off the non-con feeling good. They have this game and Monday against Alabama A&M before tougher tests against LSU and Tulsa.
I feel as if I’m in danger of giving you Anatoly Bose overload. Here goes anyway: Bose, one of the nation’s leading scorers, played for Brett Coxsedge (the former WSU director of basketball operations) for the Australian team in the 2009 World University Games.
Here’s Brett’s scouting report on Bose via an e-mail:
Anatoly is a very good athlete. He possesses a scorers mentality and has the potential to score in a hurry (he can be very explosive). I notice he is already averaging 27.4 ppg this season. He has the ability to knock down the 3pt shot, is a very good free throw shooter, however also is a slasher who has an uncanny ability to get to the basket. I think he has the potential to play as a professional after he finishes colleges because of his scoring ability.
Around the Valley
Creighton coach Greg McDermott is looking at his options for when he gets an addition at semester. Bradley freshman Walt Lemon provided a bright spot in a loss to Duke. Duke’s success isn’t all about talent. The Blue Devils, writes Kirk Wessler of the Peoria Journal Star, play hard even against overmatched opponents. Here’s a funny story, passed on by WSU senior associate athletic director Darron Boatright: Illinois and Oakland played with a women’s basketball for seven minutes before referees made a change.