Highlights of the week ahead:
▪ It’s a fast turnaround for the Shockers, who play at Drake (6-18, 1-11 MVC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Cox 22).
I am sure Drake coach Ray Giacoletti did not see WSU’s loss on Saturday as good news for his team. On the other hand, the Shockers did admit to a post-defeat hangover last season after a loss at Northern Iowa. Three days later, they defeated Bradley 62-59.
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Does that matter for Tuesday? Probably not.
On Saturday, UNI (14-11, 6-6) visits Koch Arena for an 11 a.m. tip (ESPN2). The Panthers have won four in a row and shooting 48 percent from the field in those wins.
▪ WSU’s women’s team (5-17, 2-9) plays host to Bradley (6-16, 2-9) on Friday (7 p.m., ESPN3) and Loyola (12-10, 8-3) on Sunday (2 p.m., ESPN3).
▪ Shockers softball, picked first in the MVC, opens the season on Friday against Colorado State (10 a.m.) and Texas A&M (5:15 p.m.) in College Station, Texas. On Saturday, WSU plays Colorado State (10 a.m.) and No. 7 UCLA (12:15 p.m.).
▪ WSU’s men’s golf team opens the spring in San Antonio on Tuesday at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational.
▪ WSU’s track and field team will honor the 1966 MVC title team at the Herm Wilson Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The team, WSU’s first Valley title winners, will also be recognized at Saturday’s basketball game.
The meet takes place at the Heskett Center.
▪ Also Friday, WSU’s men’s tennis team plays Nebraska (6 p.m.) at Genesis Health Club on N. Rock Road.
▪ No. 21 WSU scored a season-low 53 points and lost to Illinois State 58-53 on Saturday. WSU held the Redbirds to 27.3-percent shooting, a season-best for the Shockers and a season-low for Illinois State.
That loss snapped WSU’s 12-game win streak, tied for the fourth-longest in program history.
▪ WSU coach Gregg Marshall won game No. 221 as a Shocker on Wednesday, a 76-55 rout of Southern Illinois. He passed Ralph Miller for the top of the program’s career victories list.
Monday’s reading recommendation:
Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star: And he’s right. Bob Knight, speaking at a Purdue event? That’s Super Bowl stuff in Indianapolis – it’s "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" stuff – and the $25-a-head event was sold out before it was even announced. Purdue invited its most loyal boosters in direct emails, then released event details with this disclaimer: Sold out. Also: No media passes allowed.