Highlights of the week ahead:
▪ Wichita State’s men’s basketball team finishes a stretch of three road games in four with Wednesday’s 8 p.m. game at Missouri State (Cox 22, KEYN, 103.7-FM). The Bears (6-10, 2-2 MVC) are the Valley’s most unpredicatable team, capable of winning at Oklahoma State and beating Oral Roberts.
They are also capable of losing at home to winless Southeast Missouri State.
The Bears have won two in a row, beating Northern Iowa and Loyola on last-second shots by guard Dequon Miller.
On Sunday, the Shockers (10-5, 4-0) play Indiana State State (9-7, 3-1) at Koch Arena (3 p.m., ESPN3, KEYN, 103.7-FM).
The Shockers will take their 39-game home winning streak into that game, as well as 20 straight MVC home wins.
▪ The Shockers women (3-12, 0-4) take a road trip to Loyola (7 p.m. Friday, ESPN3) and Bradley (2 p.m. Sunday, ESPN3).
▪ WSU’s track and field teams travel to Lawrence on Friday for a triangular with Kansas and Kansas State. WSU’s women’s tennis teams opens the spring season against Saint Louis and Missouri State in Springfield on Friday.
▪ The Shockers batted back two MVC challengers with a 67-64 win over Evansville on Wednesday and Saturday’s 83-58 win at Southern Illinois.
Defense did its job, holding the MVC’s top scorers below their average. Evansville’s D.J. Balentine (who averages 20.8 points) scored 14 on 6-of-17 shooting. SIU’s Anthony Beane (20.6) scored 15 on 3-of-14 shooting.
Around the MVC
Indiana State beat Illinois State at home for the 10th straight season on Saturday, a 77-65 win that created a four-way tie for second in the MVC. The Sycamores have won 6 of 7, losing only at Evansville.
Evansville defeated Bradley 67-35 on Saturday, holding the Braves to their lowest total since 1952. Senior Ka’Darryl Bell, Bradley’s only senior, is out with a fractured right hand, leaving a sophomore and 10 freshman healthy. The Braves started five freshmen and made 13 of 46 shots.
Monday’s reading recommendation
Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: There are African-American activists and media members urging him to step up and show his support for Rice and his family. Some are even requesting that he sit out games until justice is done.
As the only African-American covering the Cavaliers on a full-time basis, I felt an obligation to dive into (LeBron) James' handling of the Rice case.
But first, I must dive into my own shortcomings.