WSU coach Gregg Marshall The score and the lack of suspense indicates WSU’s 68-50 win goes down as a typical guarantee game. Nicholls State, as its wins over LSU and Tulane show, is no Chicago State. No, neither LSU nor Tulane is anything special. Nicholls State is experienced, disciplined and patient.Its lack of size is the one big thing holding it back.
So, a solid win for the Shockers. MVC teams are going to scout the Shockers. David Kyles is going to get the focus of defensive attention. The Shockers are going to have to win a lot of games like they did last night, with half-court offense and defense.
This is one of those big-picture things sportswriters throw out just because we’re supposed to put a bow on often-meaningless games. Here goes (forget I said anything if this flops): We may look back on the San Diego State game as a turning point. Perhaps the Shockers got slapped into the realization that they need to play better defense and rebound. In the preseason, coaches and players talked about playing fast. When the season started, they scored a lot of points, even against good teams, and looked good doing it. Perhaps the Aztecs showed them that wasn’t enough.
There’s no shame in losing at San Diego State. Not many teams will win there. “They’re a very good team, but still we believe we’re better,” WSU’s J.T. Durley said. “The way the game went in the second half was disappointing. We take it to heart. It’s a focus now that we’ve to play defense and rebound like the old days.” Around the Valley
Creighton is trying to snap a three-game losing streak against Saint Joseph’s tonight. Casey Harriman is back, which could give the Jays a lift. Oscar Robertson. Larry Bird. Xavier McDaniel. Bob Harstad. Which one doesn’t belong? Missouri State plays at Oklahoma State tonight. The Bears last beat a Big 12 team (Missouri) in1998. Illinois State is throwing up bricks from long range. SIU coach Chris Lowery likes his team’s look on defense entering today’s game at Western Kentucky.