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Wichita State at Evansville: Day After

Wichita State is the MVC’s best rebounding team, and it’s not close. In its past two games, the Shockers out-rebounded SIU by nine and Northern Iowa by 11.

Yet center Garrett Stutz said the Shockers didn’t think that was good enough. On Tuesday, they out-rebounded Evansville 46-22. WSU grabbed 16 offensive rebounds (its high in MVC games) and scored 19 points on putbacks. WSU leads the MVC with a plus-9.3 rebound margin.“We knew we’re still a good rebounding team, even though it hasn’t been showing the last couple games,” Stutz said. “It was not what we’re capable of. (Against Evansville) positions one through five all rebounded well.”WSU has one player ranked in the top 15 of the MVC – Gabe Blair is eighth at six a game As Stutz said, the key is WSU’s depth of rebounders.Toure Murry is the best rebounding guard in the MVC – he averages 5.1. J.T. Durley averages 6.3 in MVC games. Against Evansville, Ben Smith and Stutz both grabbed seven rebounds off the bench. Smith had five on the offensive boards; Stutz four.Around the Valley

Missouri State slapped Drake with a field-goal drought of almost 12 minutes in Tuesday’s win. With both WSU and MSU winning Tuesday, we’re guaranteed championship stakes on Feb. 26 at JQH Arena. The teams will either  be tied for first or carrying a one-game difference.Evansville guard Colt Ryan got right to the heart of the matter when he talked rebounding.SIU’s three suspended players are back.UNI ended its three-game skid with a win at Bradley.MVC coaches don’t love BracketBusters.Illinois State’s ability to score is a disability. No Redbird averages double figures and they failed to break 60 points in 15 games.