▪ WSU coach Gregg Marshall isn’t sure if freshman forward Zach Brown will return for Sunday’s game against Evansville. Brown has missed the past four games with a concussion sustained during practice. Brown is not practicing as he continues to go through WSU’s concussion protocols. He did travel to Tuesday’s game at Southern Illinois.
“He’s just shooting, stuff on the side,” Marshall said.
▪ The Shockers are benefiting from an unusual schedule. They played Tuesday. Since the next game is Sunday, Marshall gave them Wednesday and Thursday off, although some players worked out on their own. WSU will practice Friday and Saturday to prep for Evansville. Because it took Thursday off, it won’t need to take an NCAA-mandated off day next week, when it plays at Indiana State on Wednesday and returns home for a Feb. 28 date with Northern Iowa.
▪ Evansville took advantage of a soft spot in its schedule to go on a three-game win streak and move into tie with Indiana State in third in the MVC at 9-6. The Sycamores lost at eighth-place Missouri State.
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The Aces are healthy, a major reason for their revival. Forward Adam Wing, who missed six games with a quad injury, returned inthe first meeting with WSU and is back in the starting lineup. Forward Mislav Brzoja missed four games with a hand injury and center Egidijus Mockevicius missed two games with a concussion.