Highlights of the week ahead:
▪ Wichita State plays Southern Illinois (18-5, 7-3 MVC) on Wednesday (8 p.m., Cox Kansas) at Koch Arena.
Coach Gregg Marshall can win game No. 221, making him Wichita State’s career wins leader. He is 220-81 in nine seasons at WSU. Miller went 220-113 in 13 seasons from 1951-64.
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Marshall went 194-83 in nine seasons at Winthrop, where he is also the school’s career wins leader.
On Saturday, WSU travels to Illinois State (12-11, 6-4) for a 9 p.m. game (ESPN2). That will be good practice for when WSU joins the Mountain West Conference.
▪ WSU’s women’s basketball team makes the Iowa trip to play teams tied for first place with Missouri State.
The Shockers (5-15, 2-7) play at Drake (14-6, 7-2) on Friday and at Northern Iowa (12-8, 7-2) on Sunday.
▪ The Shockers built a three-game lead in the Valley with Sunday’s 78-65 win at Evansville and Southern Illinois’ loss at Northern Iowa. WSU is rolling toward its third straight MVC title, something the program has never accomplished.
SIU is the last MVC team to win three or more in a row. The Salukis shared the 2002 title and won it outright in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Monday’s reading recommendation:
The Washington Post: (Mark) Turgeon, who will turn 51 in February, is a live wire, coiled taut at birth. On game days, the tension is palpable. Turgeon, whose Terps entered their matchup against Michigan ranked No. 3 in the country and considered a strong Final Four contender, emits enough angst to keep the whole world an arm’s length away.
“Usually when he’s in that zone, thinking about the game or whatever, we try to stay away from him,” guard Varun Ram said. “He has his routine, and I don’t want to get in the way of that.”