We’ll probably see Cleanthony Early at the “three” some tonight. It will be interesting to see how often WSU can use that lineup. Players such as Drake’s Ben Simons and Evansville’s Colt Ryan would challenge Early’s quickness and ability to fight through screens. It won’t be a good matchup against every MVC team.Evan Wessel is scheduled for surgery on Thursday.
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Illinois State (9-8, 0-5): Carmichael, who played at Manhattan High, is averaging 16.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in MVC play. Opponents have shot 109 free throws in MVC games, 36 more than the Redbirds. They have been outscored 75-47 at the line. ."They're one of the most talented teams (in the MVC)," Marshall said. "We expect a real battle and a real hungry team with their back against the wall." .Hill is averaging 19 points and 6 rebounds over the past two games. He scored 24 points against Drake, making 10 of 12 free throws. G Nick Zeisloft, a freshman, is making 45.8 percent of his three-pointers (22 of 48). Redbirds associate head coach Dana Ford, spent last season as an assistant at WSU. He also spent two seasons with WSU coach Gregg Marshall as a graduate assistant (one at Winthrop) and two with former Shocker John Cooper at Tennessee State.
Wichita State (15-2, 4-1): WSU won six straight in the series before last season's 65-64 loss in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Redbirds last won at Koch Arena in 2008, a 49-46 win in Marshall's first season. WSU committed a season-high 22 turnovers in Sunday's 71-67 loss at Evansville. Marshall said turnovers are a daily topic in practice, with sprints handed out as punishment. "Now we've lost a game because of turnovers, so maybe it will sink in," he said. WSU is making 49.1 percent of its shots in MVC play, 38.4 percent from three-point range.