Paul Suellentrop

Wichita State notes (March 1)

Wichita State’s Ron Baker
Wichita State’s Ron Baker File photo

Honors on the way — All-Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball teams are announced Tuesday with the top individual honors released that afternoon.

Coach of the Year is announced at Thursday’s luncheon in St. Louis.

WSU’s Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker are certain to make All-MVC, and Tekele Cotton may join them. That will give the Shockers two or more first-team All-MVC picks for the third time in the past four seasons.

VanVleet and Baker can expect to become the 15th and 16th Shockers with two or more first-team honors. That sets up senior seasons in which they can join Cleo Littleton (four), Dave Stallworth, Warren Armstrong, Roberrt Elmore and Xavier McDaniel (three) as Shockers with more than two All-MVC seasons.

Better finish — Saturday’s drama provided a big stage for the MVC finale.

It was the first time the Valley title came down to one game between ranked teams on the final day of the season since March 3, 1951. No. 2 Oklahoma A&M defeated No. 10 Saint Louis 50-29.

That game wrapped up a furious finish as three nationally ranked teams battled. On Feb. 20, No. 7 Bradley defeated No. 6 Saint Louis 97-65. Six days later, No. 7 Bradley defeated No. 2 Oklahoma A&M 51-50. Both wins avenged earlier losses, but it wasn’t enough for the Braves.

They finished in a tie for second with Saint Louis, both 11-3 in the MVC. Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) finished 12-2.

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.

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