Wichita State’s players and coaches won’t forget last season’s loss at Missouri State. It cost WSU a piece of the MVC title. Bears fans stormed the court. Bears players and former coach Cuonzo Martin celebrated a little too demonstratively for WSU’s taste, with a lot of chest-thumping and playing to the crowd, even before the game ended and David Kyles’ hot streak from three made things tight.
Even the Bears admitted they got a little carried away.
The Shockers can clinch a share of the MVC title tonight. The real celebration will have to wait until WSU wins two more (or Creighton loses again). There will be some satisfaction tonight if the Shockers assure themselves of being MSU’s successor with the Bears in attendance.“In terms of preparation with our team, it probably doesn’t hurt,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “The guys that lived through that afternoon in Springfield certainly remember. Our goal is to win, and win with class, win like we’ve done it before.”
WSU guard Joe Ragland is at the top of the list for MVC point guards.One of Kansas’ prominent basketball families will represent tonight. MSU guard Anthony Downing is part of a big clan of hoopsters.