▪ The Shockers will alter their usual schedule to account for Saturday’s 11 a.m. tipoff. They leave Friday afternoon for Detroit and will practice Friday evening at Calihan Hall on the university campus. No Saturday shootaround is scheduled because of the early tip.
▪ Marshall said Rauno Nurger played little against Seton Hall because of matchup issues with the big men. Nurger scored 15 points against Saint Louis on Saturday. On Tuesday, he played five.
Marshall pointed out Nurger played well offensively against Saint Louis, which isn’t the question with the freshmen center. Marshall knows Nurger can shoot. Other areas of his game will determine his success. Against Seton Hall, Nurger missed rebounding assignments. Against Saint Louis, he grabbed one rebound in 15 minutes.
“I thought the Seton Hall game was a little too fast for him,” Marshall said. “I thought he struggled with their athleticism and size, so I made the call for Shaq Morris.”
▪ Marshall also pointed out that junior guard Fred VanVleet came along slowly as a freshman. VanVleet played five minutes against VCU, seven against DePaul, eight against Iowa and seven against Tennessee. The fact WSU’s newcomers are inconsistent doesn’t mean they can’t contribute by March.
“They all come at different speeds,” Marshall said. “They’re working hard. Fred VanVleet wasn’t great as a freshman at this point. He was pretty good by the end.”
▪ Tekele Cotton’s jammed middle finger on his shooting hand isn’t limiting him in practice, Marshall said.