Wichita State Shockers

Plan now for Saturday TV changes at MVC Tournament

Wichita State’s Kadeem Coleby, Cleanthony Early and Tekele Cotton celebrate the 2014 MVC Tournament title.
Wichita State’s Kadeem Coleby, Cleanthony Early and Tekele Cotton celebrate the 2014 MVC Tournament title. The Wichita Eagle

Items that might help you enjoy the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament a little more:

▪  Wichita State’s pep rallies are at PBR at Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Ave., close to Busch Stadium and its ancient, outdated World Series banners. The pep starts two hours before each game. Coach Gregg Marshall will speak.

▪  WSU sold 2,045 all-session passes.

▪  Saturday’s semifinals tip at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. That is a change from previous years. Don’t oversleep.

▪  The change in time is for CBS Sports Network, which will televise Saturday’s semifinals for the first time.

If you do not have CBS Sports Network, now is the time to plan. CBS Sports Network is Cox 260, DirecTV 221, Dish 158 and U-Verse 643.

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall talks about Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker, Evan Wessel, Bush Wamukota and Anton Grady in a press conference after the Shockers beat Illinois State on February 27, 2016. (video by Jaime Green)

Check your TV.

This also means no ESPN3 on Saturday.

The friendly folks at The Wichita Eagle will take your calls complaining on Saturday. Realize, however, we can’t do anything about it. If we had that power, we would play all games at 1 p.m. at Intrust Bank Arena.

But we can’t do that.

Fox Sports Kansas City (or Midwest) will show Thursday and Friday games, as has been the recent custom.

That means no Mark Adams on the broadcasts. He is doing the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament this week. Fans who love his enthusiasm for WSU and the Valley will miss him. Fans who think he’s a bit much might enjoy a break.

Your CBS Sports Network voices will be Brent Stover, Bob Wenzel and Gary Parrish.

On Sunday, Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner work it for CBS.

The Thursday and Friday Fox Sports Kansas City crew includes John Rooney (Bob Lutz wants an autograph), Mitch Holthus, Rich Zvosec, Kevin Lehman, Scott Warmann and Tom Ackerman.

▪  If you are going to St. Louis, Wichita State fans are sitting in sections 112-113, 101-102 and 118-126 in Scottrade Center.

Noah DeVault asks Ron Baker on Jan. 4, 2015, how many three-point goals he had made up to that point that season. Baker invited Noah to the Shockers’ locker room to look it up and the two became friends. (video by Jaime Green)

And in a lot of other seats Evansville and Loyola fans don’t need.

▪  If you like brackets, you might follow the Southern Conference and OVC tournaments, where former WSU assistant coaches are among the favorites.

In the OVC, fourth-seeded Tennessee State (20-9) plays Thursday (6 p.m.) in a quarterfinal game in Nashville. Tennessee State is coached by Dana Ford.

In the SoCon, second-seeded East Tennessee State (21-10) plays Saturday (6 p.m.) in a quarterfinal game in Asheville, N.C. ETSU is coached by Steve Forbes.

The Thursday and Friday Fox Sports Kansas City crew includes John Rooney (Bob Lutz wants an autograph), Mitch Holthus, Rich Zvosec, Kevin Lehman, Scott Warmann and Tom Ackerman.

▪  If you are going to St. Louis, Wichita State fans are sitting in sections 112-113, 101-102 and 118-126 in Scottrade Center.

And in a lot of other seats Evansville and Loyola fans don’t need.

Eagle sportswriters talk about the latest 10 to be revealed.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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