This week is all about No. 17 San Diego State for most fans. Tonight’s opponent is one the Shockers can’t overlook. We don’t know how much the travel from Hawaii and the letdown after the tournament might slow the Shockers. I’m certain UMKC will play free and easy tonight. There are no expectations on the Kangaroos and they’ve got some confidence from a 4-0 start.
UConn moved from unranked to No. 7 in the AP poll after beating WSU, Michigan State and Kentucky in Maui. WSU received three votes in the AP poll and two in the coaches poll. Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader ranked WSU No. 24 after watching the Shockers in Maui.
UMKC’s Kirk Korver, Kyle and Klayton’s brother, hasn’t played this season due to a foot injury. He is warming up, but probably won’t play tonight.Around the Valley
Celebration over Creighton’s first NCAA volleyball bid muted by a basketball loss at Northwestern. Freshman Doug McDermott scored 14 points and has reached double figures in all six games.SIU is waking up the echoes with its defense.John Wilkins debuts for Illinois State with four points in 13 minutes against Jacksonville State. The Redbirds step up in class on Wednesday against UNLV in the MVC-MWC Challenge.Bradley’s Taylor Brown is putting this season on film while he sits out for medical reasons.