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Pregame update: No. 11 Wichita State at Detroit

Wichita State’s Malcolm Armstead shoots against Detroit’s Ray McCallum during a 2013 game at Koch Arena.
Wichita State’s Malcolm Armstead shoots against Detroit’s Ray McCallum during a 2013 game at Koch Arena. The Wichita Eagle

▪  This wraps up Wichita State’s obligations to the late BracketBusters series. While BB had its flaws, it must be seen as net positive for the Shockers, who played memorable and helpful series against VCU, Davidson and George Mason and traveled to locales such as Cleveland, Flagstaff, Ariz., and Logan, Utah. It helped the MVC teams that won (Creighton, Southern Illinois, Northern Iowa) and sent the bottom-feeders on a bad trips to play other bad teams at a bad time of year.

WSU went 4-6 in BracketBusters games and 9-0 in the return games. Today is the final return game.

“I like BracketBusters,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said after a 94-79 win over Detroit in 2013 at Koch Arena. “It gets you on a national stage against another good team. A lot of folks from ESPN picked Detroit to beat us. They didn’t think we could play that pace. Now maybe that rumor is dispelled. ”

▪  Detroit forces 9.4 steals a game (No. 23 nationally), many by trapping in a manner many college teams don’t use. The Titans will often try to force WSU guards away from using screens, toward the sideline to use as an extra defender, and trap. A third player then rotates to pick off the next pass. You might hear the tactic referred to as “icing” or “downing” the screen and it’s something more often seen in the NBA.

▪  Detroit will play a small lineup when freshman Paris Bass (6-7) comes in the game. With that lineup, Bass and forward Juwan Howard Jr. can lead the break after steals or rebounds and that puts pressure on WSU’s big men to hustle back and get organized on defense. With five players capable of running the break, Detroit can cause mismatches and frustrate defenses.

Kansas.com - 3 questions with Detroit broadcaster Dan Leach.

The Wichita Eagle - Darius Carter avoids foul trouble by playing more aggressively.

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