WICHITA STATE AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
When: 2:05 p.m.
Where: SIU Arena, Carbondale, Ill.
Records: WSU 11-3, 2-1; SIU 5-9, 2-1
Radio: KNSS, 1330-AM
TV: Cox 22
|Pos. (WSU 11-3, 2-1)||Ht.||Yr.||Pts.||Reb.|
F Ben Smith 6-5 Sr. 10.1 2.9F Carl Hall 6-8 Jr. 9.8 6.5C Garrett Stutz 7-0 Sr. 11.9 6.8G Joe Ragland 6-0 Sr. 11.9 x-3.4G Demetric Williams 6-2 Jr. 4.5 x-1.6 (SIU 5-9, 2-1)F Mamadou Seck 6-7 Sr. 13.4 8.2F Dantiel Daniels 6-6 Fr. 7.5 4.5F Treg Setty 6-9 Fr. 5.4 3.3G Kendal Brown-Surles 5-10 Jr. 9.3 x-2.3G T.J. Lindsay 6-3 Jr. 6.9 2.1
Wichita State: Marshall said he is leaning toward sticking with his lineup and bringing seniors David Kyles and Toure Murry off the bench, as he did against Evansville. Poor defense and poor decisions with the ball against Creighton inspired the change. “We had some guys that just didn't defend up to their capabilities," Marshall said. "You're going to have to defend. Take care of the ball. Get us a shot every time." Williams handed out four assists against Evansville and committed his lone turnover trying to make a play late in the shot clock. “He always competes, and he defends fairly well,” Marshall said. “He’s not scoring a lot, but he’s not turning it over.” Stutz is coming off a career-high 29 points in a 67-66 win at Evansville on Wednesday. SIU coach Chris Lowery liked how his team defended Stutz last season, holding him to nine points (3-of-12 shooting) and six rebounds. “We have to make him guard, too,” Lowery said. WSU has won two straight at SIU. It won three straight from 1980-83.
Southern Illinois: The Salukis held WSU to 53 points in a three-point win last season at Koch Arena, providing a blueprint for today’s game. “This can’t be a really high-scoring game,” Lowery said. “You have to keep them in longer possessions. If you shoot it quick against these guys, they can get out into transition.”. The Salukis are trying to win a third straight game for the first time since they won four in a row from Dec. 19, 2009 to Jan. 1, 2010. Setty scored a career-high 20 points in Sunday’s 86-71 win over Illinois State. He went 2 of 4 from three-point range after missing his first 18. G Josh Swan, also a freshman, scored a career-high 15 points against the Redbirds.
RPI as of Friday: WSU 27, SIU 268