In Omaha, Wichita State led Creighton 52-48 with 7:46 to play. With 2:55 remaining, WSU led 63-50 and the Shockers could celebrate their first win at Creighton since 1992. The Shockers held Creighton to nine baskets (on 25 shots) in the second half, largely with a superb display of post defense. Creighton’s Gregory Echenique didn’t take a shot in the final 10 minutes. Kenny Lawson scored two points.
With a similar effort, WSU will win tonight and sweep Creighton for the first time since the Eddie Fogler days of 1987-88. The Bluejays seem to be a team that is underachieving. Echenique and Lawson are bigs who would start for any MVC team. However, they can’t play together and Lawson, the preseason Player of the Year, is reduced to a supporting role. Freshman Doug McDermott is one of the MVC’s best players. Antoine Young is one of the Valley’s top guards. Statistics say the Bluejays are one of the better scoring and defending teams in the MVC.
Why are they in fifth place? Around the Valley
Creighton needs to reduce turnovers if it is going to continue WSU’s home woes. Coaches who lose 20 games at Bradley don’t last long. Bradley couldn’t afford a bad shooting night by Andrew Warren in the battle to avoid last. A Tree grows in third place in the Valley. Missouri State hasn’t won at SIU Arena since 2000. Keep an eye on that score tonight.