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Wichita State at Bradley

I watched the Jim Les Show this morning, and his tone regarding Wichita State isn’t surprising. Dave Reynolds, the dean of MVC beat writers, captures it his preview story in today’s Peoria Journal Star. The Braves are coming off a disappointing performance in an 80-66 loss at Indiana State.

The Braves need a good effort tonight, win or lose, or else they’re already slipping into trouble.

Former WSU coach Marc Burns gave me a tour of Bradley’s new athletic building, which features a 4,200-seat arena (used mostly for women’s basketball and volleyball) and a practice court of the men’s basketball team. The building – still in need of a title sponsor – also houses offices, lockers, weights and sports medicine. It’s all very nice and should be quite helpful for Bradley coaches.

The best part is their hall of fame area. This is one place where former athletic director Jim Schaus and WSU dropped the ball in the renovation of Koch Arena. Bradley’s is perhaps three times as big as WSU’s. Bradley preserved part of the famous raised floor from Robertson Field House for a display. Where WSU’s hall of fame is best described as adequate, and more than a little cramped. There’s not nearly enough space to give photos enough size to inspire.Around the Valley

Creighton forward Ethan Wragge, an excellent three-point shooter, is resting an injured foot. He is not sure when, or if, he will return.Illinois State can’t hit a building name for John Q. Hammons in Springfield, that’s how badly the Redbirds shoot.Maybe you don’t consider Missouri State’s Will Creekmore one of the MVC’s best centers. Maybe you should.SIU coach Chris Lowery doesn’t want his team to panic if it is 0-2 after today.

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