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Day After: No. 21 Wichita State 76, Southern Illinois 55

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall won game No. 221 on Wednesday at Koch Arena, passing Ralph Miller on the program’s career list.
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall won game No. 221 on Wednesday at Koch Arena, passing Ralph Miller on the program’s career list. The Wichita Eagle

Key statistics: The Shockers forced 22 turnovers and held SIU to 19 baskets, the seventh time this season and the 13th time in the past three to compile a negative basket-to-turnover ratio.

Season

Score

FG

Turnovers

Assists

FG%

2013-14

WSU 93, Emporia State 50

19

24

8

36.5

2013-14

WSU 83, Drake 54

18

20

5

41.9

2014-15

WSU 71, Memphis 56

20

24

4

40.8

2014-15

WSU 74, Drake 40

15

17

8

38.5

2014-15

WSU 78, Missouri State 35

13

16

6

25

2014-15

WSU 56, SIU 45

16

18

5

34

2015-16

WSU 68, Saint Louis 53

16

18

13

44.4

2015-16

WSU 67, Utah 50

14

19

5

41.2

2015-16

WSU 67, Drake 47

16

18

10

37.2

2015-16

WSU 85, Bradley 58

17

23

8

37.8

2015-16

WSU 88, Bradley 54

18

20

11

43.9

2015-16

WSU 78, Evansville 65

16

18

8

34.8

2015-16

WSU 76, SIU 55

19

22

7

30.6

How the game turned: SIU took one shot in its first five possessions of the second half, a missed runner by Sean O’Brien on play he was fortunate not to draw a charging foul. The other four trips ended with a turnover, most born out of the frustration of a total inability to run any type of offense.

Records: WSU 17-5, 11-0 MVC; SIU 18-6, 7-4

Stat that might surprise you: The Salukis battled in this game after fading quickly in the first meeting. Proof came on the offensive boards, where they grabbed 22 rebounds, most against a Marshall team at WSU and the most since Bradley grabbed 24 in a 2006 game at Koch Arena.

The Salukis out-rebounded WSU 48-31, the first time since 2009 (also against SIU) that the Shockers were out-rebounded by 10 or more.

“We fought our butts off today,” SIU coach Barry Hinson said.

Like time of possession in football, rebounds can be misleading. One reason SIU grabbed so many offensive rebounds is that it missed 43 shots.

Marshall won’t like that stat. The Shockers so dominated other areas that it gives him a good coaching point after an easy win.

With the 76-55 win, Marshall became the winningest Shockers basketball coach ever, with 221 wins. (John Albert/The Wichita Eagle)

(John Albert/The Wichita Eagle)

Stat that shouldn’t surprise you: Fred VanVleet passed out 11 assists to match his career high. Nobody converts turnovers and bad shots into baskets better than VanVleet and SIU gave him numerous openings.

WSU’s Gregg Marshall is the seventh coach in NCAA Division I history to lead two schools in career victories, two of whom are active. Jim Calhoun — Northeastern 248, UConn 625 Lou Henson — Illinois 423, New Mexico State 289 Johnny Orr — Michigan 209, Iowa State 218 Gregg Marshall — Winthrop 194, Wichita State 221 (active) Cliff Ellis — Clemson 177, Coastal Carolina 158 (active) Frankie Allen — Howard 52, Tennessee. St. 115, Maryland-Eastern Shore 42 Ronnie Arrow — Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 95, South Alabama 205

Freshman watch: Markis McDuffie’s development on defense might be the biggest under-the-radar reason for WSU’s strong run. The Shockers can throw two plus defenders (Zach Brown and McDuffie) at scorers and save Ron Baker for other duties. Baker, of course, is also a great defender.

McDuffie’s defense, and ball-handling, is already superior to Cleanthony Early. Three weeks ago, I thought of McDuffie as a wing. Now I think of him more as a stretch power forward (in his college days) in the mold of Early. He needs to improve his passing and dribbling, but those things can come from experience.

Why they’re All-Americans: Again, scoring wasn’t a thing for VanVleet and Ron Baker. Again, it didn’t matter much.

VanVleet made 3 of 6 shots and scored 12 points for his first double-double this season. He also grabbed four steals to lead the defensive effort.

Baker missed 8 of 10 shots. He had eight rebounds and three assists.

Gregg Marshall acknowledges his predecessor Ralph Miller, who paved the way for WSU basketball, and star player Fred VanVleet honors Coach Marshall for his record-setting achievement. (John Albert/The Wichita Eagle)

WSU players discuss coach Gregg Marshall becoming school's career wins leader with 76-55 win over Southern Illinois (Tony Adame/The Wichita Eagle)

Rotation watch:

WSU’s post position keeps looking stronger.

Shaq Morris and Anton Grady combined to make 10 of 14 shots. Grady’s defensive effort has bumped up in recent games. Morris and VanVleet find each other regularly for lobs. It’s a good mix, especially when Grady keeps his desire to shoot threes (1 of 8 this season) under wraps.

Next up: at Illinois State (13-11, 7-4), 9 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2)

The Redbirds are athletic enough to make this game potentially interesting. They block a lot of shots, but allow MVC opponents to shoot 50 percent inside the arc and 36.5 behind it. both seventh-worst in the MVC. Almost 38 percent of their scoring comes from threes, most in the MVC.

The Wichita Eagle's Bob Lutz and Paul Suellentrop discuss the Shockers' win over Southern Illinois on Wednesday night at Koch Arena (Tony Adame/The Eagle)

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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