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Wichita State’s Monday starters

Wichita State’s Ron Baker travels to the McLeod Center on Wednesday to face Northern Iowa.
Wichita State’s Ron Baker travels to the McLeod Center on Wednesday to face Northern Iowa.

Highlights of the week ahead:

▪  Wichita State’s men’s basketball team (12-5, 6-0 MVC) plays at Northern Iowa (10-9, 2-4) on Wednesday (7 p.m., Cox 22) and meets Bradley (3-16, 1-5) at home on Saturday (2 p.m., Cox 22).

▪  WSU women’s basketball team (3-14, 0-6) is home this weekend, playing Southern Illinois (11-6, 4-1) on Friday (7 p.m., ESPN3) and Evansville (2-14, 1-4) on Sunday (2 p.m., ESPN3).

▪  WSU’s tennis teams play in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The men’s team, opening its spring schedule, plays at No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday and will face South Carolina or Denver on Sunday. The WSU women play Minnesota on Saturday in College Station, Texas. They face No. 10 Texas A&M or South Alabama on Sunday.

There are 15 Kick-Off Weekend sites around the nation.

Looking back:

▪  The Shockers maintained their one-game lead in the MVC with a win at Missouri State (78-62) and Sunday’s 82-62 win over Indiana State. WSU guard Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 29 points against the Sycamores.

▪  WSU women’s tennis team, ranked No. 39 by the ITA, defeated No. 35 Oklahoma 5-2 on Sunday. It is WSU’s highest-ranked victory since a 2010 win over No. 31 Rice.

▪  The fall from three-time defending MVC champion continues to be dramatic for WSU’s women’s basketball team.

The Shockers rank last in scoring (46.8 points), ninth in shooting (32.3 percent) and eighth in three-point shooting (20.8 percent) in conference play. Bradley, which defeated the Shockers 50-44 on Sunday, ranks last in shooting (30.4) and three-point accuracy (18.1).

Monday’s reading recommendation:

The New York Times: But professional sports owners are constantly agitating for bigger, better, more profitable stadiums, and that was hardly going to change with the passage of a mere referendum or two. Indeed, the essential professional sports business model is to push governments to use public subsidies to cover as much of the cost as possible.

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