All the intangibles appear to go against the Shockers tonight. Of course, the tangible is the fact WSU is the better team. Illinois State is playing at home, against a ranked opponent and it needs this game more than WSU. The Redbirds can finish anywhere from 3rd to 8th, and nobody wants to be 8th. The Shockers can wrap up the undisputed MVC title, but they also know they have a cushion. WSU is on a four-game roll at a high level, which is hard to sustain. It’s also been an emotional period, with a big win at Creighton, a satisfying win over Missouri State and a long trip to Davidson for a high-profile game. The Shockers moved into the national rankings along the way. Sometimes those factors can wear a team down, almost without the team noticing it. The Shocker seniors usually spit on that kind of talk and win with a cold, cruel efficiency. WSU is better equipped to handle those issues than most teams.WSU is playing the same two teams it played to end the 2006 season, in different order and place. In 2006, WSU beat Drake to clinch a tie for the MVC title in Des Moines. It cut down the nets against Illinois State at Koch Arena in the regular-season finale. This season, it’s at Illinois State (with a tie already in hand) in game No. 17 and Drake at home for No. 18.WSU freshman Evan Wessel dislocated the little finger on his left hand and didn’t participate in shootaround. James Anacreon remains sidelined with a groin injury.From the MVC publicity machine: WSU is 18-3 on the road since the start of the 2010-11 season, tied with BYU for the best winning percentage in that time. Kansas (15-3) and Murray State (20-4) are tied for third. Missouri State (15-12) is the only other MVC team above .500.