▪ Conner Frankamp is cleared to play, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said before Wednesday’s shootaround. It became an official, done-deal, sure-thing around 3 p.m., just as the Shockers were getting started.
You should know all about Frankamp. He will help a lot. How much against UNLV? That is a different question. He last played a real game on March 23, 2014. That season at KU, he played 10 or more minutes 11 times, never more than 17 during the regular season.
▪ The Shockers spent a lot of last week running and trying to recapture a faster pace and aggressive attitude. WSU coach Gregg Marshall saw several players in Florida who didn’t look sharp and fast.
“Maybe it was just the first opportunity for some of these guys to play,” he said. “We looked a step slow, lethargic, non-athletic. I’m talking about a handful or guys or less. We weren’t out running the lanes. We weren’t creating anything with our defense. We didn’t look as athletic as I thought we were.”
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Marshall also wondered if the officiating in the opener against Charleston Southern hung over some players. That game featured 66 foul calls.
“That didn’t help our aggressiveness at all,” he said.
▪ UNLV last visited Koch Arena in 2011, an 89-70 Shockers win.
WSU guard Joe Ragland made 8 of 9 three-pointers and scored 31 points, one of three 30-point performances in the Marshall era. So this is a good time to remind people of Ragland’s superb 2011-12 season. His offensive production ranks among the best single-season outputs in WSU history.
Ragland, a senior, shot 56.8 percent from the field and 50.4 percent (59-117) from three-point range, a WSU record. He averaged 13.4 points and 3.3 assists.
— Paul Suellentrop