WSU’s defense gets most of the attention in the run-up. Let’s remember it was WSU’s offense that dominated last season’s second meeting. The Shockers shot almost 60 percent in Omaha on their way to an 89-68 win. The Shockers aren’t as explosive this season, but Malcolm Armstead has been doing a reasonable impression of Joe Ragland in recent games. WSU’s ability to drive and score may again give the Bluejays trouble. Creighton isn’t as easy a mark as it was last season.The MVC race is on the line today. WSU’s NCAA resume could use another good win. Beating Creighton could boost WSU in the seedings come March and provides a big cushion in case of unexpected losses.WSU’s defense on Doug McDermott has been key the past two seasons.Creighton players remember their visits with the WSU student section.
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Creighton (17-1, 6-0 MVC): Creighton's defense is stronger than last season, when it ranked No. 222 in shooting defense (44.1 percent). This season, it is holding teams to 40.1-percent shooting, No. 58 nationally. Boise State and Northern Iowa are only teams to shoot better than 43.4 percent against Creighton this season.... McDermott averages 29 points and 8.2 rebounds in six games away from Omaha this season. He scored 39 at Missouri State on Jan. 11, tied for 13th-most in program history.... Echenique averages 13.5 points in four games against WSU, making 58.6 percent of his shots.... Gibbs has 105 assists and 26 turnovers this season. He leads the MVC in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.0). Chatman ranks second in assists average and is tied for second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) with four players.... Manigat is 13 for 20 from three-point range in MVC games.
Wichita State (16-2, 5-1): F Carl Hall took two shots, missing both, in Wednesday's 74-62 win over Illinois State. His right thumb, which forced him to miss seven games, is still healing from a break. "My thumb is OK," he said. "It's going to be tender for the next couple months, but I'm going to play through it."... The Shockers have won three of the past four meetings with Creighton and five of the past eight.... F Jake White scored a career-high 11 points against Illinois State. He is averaging 5.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in conference play.... Armstead is 12 of 21 from three-point range in MVC play, second behind Manigat.
RPIs as of Saturday: CU 18, WSU 20