ESPN college basketball analyst – and Naismith Hall of Famer –Dick Vitale called his first Wichita State game in roughly three decades on Tuesday night when WSU played host to Alabama. Here are some highlights:
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Wichita State rallied from a 10-point, second-half deficit and cut Tennessee’s lead to 52-51 on Kelsey Jacobs’ three-pointer with 23.3 seconds remaining, but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 54-51 loss to the No. 11 Vols on Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
When the Shockers play at Tennessee on Tuesday it will be a homecoming for Adams and WSU assistant Bridgette Gordon, who were key parts of NCAA championship teams and had their lives shaped while playing for the legendary Summitt.
Follow live updates from The Eagle’s Paul Suellentrop, Tony Adame and Bob Lutz on your mobile device or desktop as the Shockers take on Alabama at Koch Arena. The game starts at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2 and aired on radio station KEYN 103.7-FM.
▪ Dick Vitale, in case you haven’t heard, will be at Koch Arena. His desire to do a Shockers game just about completes the circle of media love WSU generated over the past two-plus seasons. It is hard to think of a national outlet that hasn’t chronicled the Shockers and now ESPN’s College GameDay appears to be the lone holdout.
Darius Carter didn’t need to be told his first half of basketball stunk. He is a senior who understands what Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall demands. Marshall told him anyway. The family-friendly word to sum it up — soft.