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Wichita State (17-2, 6-1): WSU coach Gregg Marshall said he hasn't discussed returning F Carl Hall to the starting lineup. Hall, who missed seven games with a broken thumb, scored 17 points in Saturday's win over Creighton. "Right now, we're just assuming we have six starters," he said. . . Williams can become WSU's winningest player on Wednesday. He has 98 victories in his four seasons, matching Toure Murry, Garrett Stutz and David Kyles. . . WSU swept the season series in 2012. . .WSU can match the 1953-54 and 1980-81 teams for the best 20-game record since 1945. WSU went 17-3 in 2009-10 and 17-3 in 2011-12.
Missouri State (5-14, 3-4): Downing, from Atchison, averages 16.6 points in MVC games. He is shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 87.8 percent from the line. He scored 24 points in back-to-back games against Drake and Illinois State.... The Bears lost at Indiana State and Bradley despite shooting 47 percent from the floor combined. For the season, they ranked last in the MVC with a 40.3 shooting percentage.... MSU's average of 10.9 turnovers ranks first in the MVC and No. 15 nationally.... The Bears are 6-24 vs. ranked teams, including a 73-58 loss to No. 24 WSU last season. Their last win over a ranked team came in 2011 at home, 77-65 over No. 19 Creighton.
RPI as of Tuesday: WSU 15, MSU 247