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Wichita State returns to practice with Selection Sunday on deck

It was a long, physically demanding regular season for Wichita State starters, such as Tekele Cotton (bottom).
It was a long, physically demanding regular season for Wichita State starters, such as Tekele Cotton (bottom). The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State’s traditional week-without-an-opponent continued on Wednesday with practice in Koch Arena’s practice gym.

The Shockers took Sunday and Monday off and did individual work with coaches on Tuesday. After Saturday’s loss in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, coach Gregg Marshall and his players talked about looking forward to rest and recovering from 32 games. That goal continues this week as the Shockers look forward to Selection Sunday and prepping for their next foe.

“We got a little bit of rest,” WSU guard Fred VanVleet. “We can really use this week to get better, but at the same time understanding that it doesn’t matter how good we get if we’re not at full strength next. We’re just trying to put those two things together.”

VanVleet and Ron Baker played all 32 games, both averaging more than 30 minutes. Tekele Cotton played 31 games, also averaging 30-plus minutes. In two MVC Tournament games, VanVleet played 35 and 38 minutes, Baker 28 and 38 and Cotton 31 and 36.

“We want to be 100 percent,” Baker said. “A lot of us were banged, especially the starters, after playing that many minutes in two days. We just want to get healthy and be fresh and crisp. Just be clean-minded going into this tournament.”

Freshman center Shaq Morris played 20 and 23 minutes in St. Louis, his first back-to-back 20-minutes games. His previous season-high was 20, against Bradley on Jan. 7.

“I want to have my legs ready to play again,” he said. “We have practice (Wednesday), and I’m going to try to be physical, yet kind of rest them a little bit. We have to stay focused this whole week.”

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