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Tulsa at Wichita State

Wichita State can end the pre-Christmas schedule 9-2 and riding a four-game win streak if it handles Tulsa tonight at Intrust Bank Arena. I’ve held off forming too strong an opinion of the Shockers until after tonight. With this game in hand, we will have a look at WSU against comparable opponents at home (or close to home), on the road and on neutral courts. They will have played five opponents of similar resources (and two more that offered representative talent in Nicholls State and Chaminade). That should give us a good sampling to evaluate.

Ideally, WSU closes out this 11-game run with a strong effort from start to finish. That would alleviate some of the concerns from Saturday’s second-half troubles against LSU. The Shockers need to build a lead and finish it off against an opponent such as Tulsa. It’s hard to play 40 minutes of good basketball. WSU needs to get over 30 against Tulsa. That’s what it will take going forward.

WSU looks forward to a new home for a night.Scouting report for tonight’s game.A look at the Tulsa-WSU rivalry from past editions of The Wichita Eagle. Remember Paul Pressey? The Low Brass Cheer? Karl Papke’s hook shot? This is the place for you.

Tulsa is scrambling to find a healthy point guard and sophomore Bryson Pope offered his help against Weber State. The Hurricane are down two players due to injury and may start a former walk-on.Topeka Capital-Journal columnist Kevin Haskin wonders about the multitude of arenas in Wichita. He should cross the Kansas Coliseum off his list and it makes more sense.

Around the Valley

Creighton needed a mere three threes to beat Western Illinois.Greg Echenique is polishing his shot-blocking technique for the Jays.Bradley ended a five-game losing streak with a win over Jackson State.Braves freshman Walt Lemon isn’ t just a dunker.Illinois State wins on the road in overtime.