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Evansville at Wichita State

Wichita State’s strength of schedule, according to, ranks No. 103. Last season, entering MVC play, WSU ranked No. 281. MVC play brought it down to No. 105 by the end of the season.

The Shockers are No. 47 in the RPI, which is a much better starting point than last season at this time (No. 92 entering conference play). How much help will WSU get in the MVC? You can toss around all the math you want and it boils down to winning a lot of games.Around the Valley

Evansville starts MVC play with a difficult schedule, beginning tonight at Koch Arena.Bradley gets its first look at Indiana State under new coach Greg Lansing.The biggest game of the night puts Missouri State at Northern Iowa.Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich is 6-1 vs. Creighton, tonight’s opponent in Redbird Arena.Northern Iowa starts MVC play after beating Indiana and New Mexico in Las Vegas.Drake needs to get more scoring from center Seth VanDeest.Less of Creighton center Kenny Lawson may be a good thing.