▪ Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall is 199-74 with the Shockers. A win on Wednesday makes him the eighth MVC coach to reach 200, joining Henry Iba (486), Eddie Hickey (337), Dana Altman (327), Rich Herrin (225), Ralph Milller (220), Maury John (211) and Barry Hinson (207).
At Marshall’s current pace, he could become No. 4 around this time next year. If he threatens Iba, there will be some very happy Shocker fans.
His winning percentage of 72.8 percent ranks ninth in MVC history among coaches with a minimum of 90 games. Louisville’s Denny Crum (98-22) is first at 81.7.
▪ WSU guard Fred VanVleet made 8 of 14 shots in the first meeting, scoring 21 points. VanVleet has a great knack to know who he can score against. The Sycamores don’t block many shots and those kind of teams seem to embolden VanVleet to attack the lane and draw fouls.
▪ The Sycamores lack a true point guard (one of the reasons they turn the ball over on about 20 percent of their possessions) in the starting lineup. They run some offense through their senior post players, Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell, and look for high-low passes. Gant has 20 assists and has made 22 three-pointers. Kitchell has 44 assists and 12 threes.
WSU’s big men must defend on the perimeter to keep Gant and Kitchell from catching fire. In the first meeting, neither made a three-pointer.
▪ Indiana State guard Tre Bennett comes off the bench and he might be the kind of player with the speed and ball-handling ability to punish the Shockers for pressing. He scored 11 points in the first game, but also had four turnovers. Sycamores starting guards Devonte Brown and Brenton Scott combined to make 3 of 15 shots and commit six turnovers (three assists) in Koch Arena.
Indiana State should get better production from those two at home.
▪ VanVleet turns 21 on Wednesday.