▪ Wichita State’s Shaq Morris didn’t practice in Thursday’s shoot-around. The thigh injury will sideline him.
Morris, as coach Gregg Marshall has pointed out over the years, has a history of sitting out practices with injuries and Marshall has long wanted him to play through some of those bumps and bruises.
This is not one of those injuries. The best thing for Morris is to rest and get better for Missouri Valley Conference play.
▪ I’m interested to see SDSU’s Mike Daum, who was the subject of this story by CBS’ Gary Parrish.
It’s too bad an MVC school wasn’t there that day in Las Vegas.
Daum uses 32.3 percent of SDSU possessions, which ranks No. 26 nationally. He’s got some nifty post moves and the Jackrabbits, judging from their game Monday at Drake, use him in pick-and-pop actions.
Drake tried to guard him with one defender early in the game. That didn’t last long and the Bulldogs soon began to double-team him.
He can give the Shockers problems if they let him get the ball where he wants, which is on the left block. From there, he can shoot jump hooks, drive or take jumpers.
▪ The Shockers don’t want to get in a foul-shooting contest with the Jackrabbits.
SDSU is 266 of 329 (80.9 percent) from the line, third nationally.
▪ The Jackrabbits played 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones in the parts of the 83-75 win over Drake I watched.
Like with any zone, the Shockers will need to get the ball in the lane to get the zone moving and create open shots.
WSU won’t see a lot of zone defense in the MVC, but it will see some and this should be good preparation. It’s also a good test for a team coming off a 3-of-17 performance from three-point range.
▪ Watching: Cox 22, 2022; Time Warner SportsChannel 2 (Kansas City); ESPN3.com (blackouts apply)
▪ Listening: KEYN, 103.7-FM; goshockers.com
South Dakota State at Wichita State
- When: 7 p.m. Thursday
- Where: Koch Arena
- Records: SDSU 7-7, WSU 9-3
- Radio: 103.7-FM
- TV: Cox 22, Cox 2022
- Video: ESPN3.com (blackouts apply)
South Dakota State at Wichita State
Sergio El Darwich
South Dakota State (7-7): The Jackrabbits are picked second in the Summit League preseason poll behind Fort Wayne. Daum is the preseason Player of the Year with Tellinghuisen on the preseason all-league second team. Daum, who has made 40 straight free throws, shoots 52 percent from the field and 40.4 (19 of 47) from three-point range. He had 39 points and 11 rebounds in an 88-84 overtime win over Murray State. … SDSU shoots 34.4 percent from three-point range and isn’t shy about firing away. It set a school record with 37 attempts against Wyoming and matched that against Idaho. It has taken 25 or more nine times. … SDSU defeated Drake 83-75 on Monday, holding the Bulldogs to 10-of-36 three-point shooting and outscoring them 21-7 at the foul line. … Northern Iowa defeated SDSU 86-58 and the Panthers made 20 of 37 threes and forced 17 turnovers. Opponents are shooting 37.9 percent from three-point range against the Jackrabbits.… Coach T.J. Otzelberger worked as an assistant coach at Chipola (Fla.) College under Shocker assistant Greg Heiar in 2004-05. Otzelberger spent eight seasons as an assistant at Iowa State under Greg McDermott, Fred Hoiberg and Steve Prohm before taking over at South Dakota State in April. SDSU assistant Ben Walker played at Creighton from 1998-2001 and earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 2000 and 2001.
Wichita State (9-3): Not surprisingly, WSU coach Gregg Marshall pushed the Shockers hard in practice since Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State. “It was tough,” he said Tuesday. “They responded pretty well for the most part. We competed, we had a lot of fuel left in our tank from Saturday so they competed pretty hard.” … The Shockers are shooting 36.8 percent from three-point range, but some key shooters are slumping. Shamet is 6 for 23 from the field in his past three games and is shooting 31.9 percent behind the arc this season. McDuffie is 1 for 6 from three-point range in his past three games. G Conner Frankamp is 15 of 47 (31.9 percent) from three-point range this season, 3 for 12 in the past three games. … Smith is 27 of 30 from the line after making 7 of 8 foul shots in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State. … Senior G Zach Bush played in his 51st game Saturday. The Shockers won all 50 in which he previously appeared. … WSU won the previous meeting, 104-83 in 1977.