Shockers 75, Cougars 44 – Final
Shockers 75, Cougars 40 (2:42) - Deep bench coming in.
Shockers 62, Cougars 32 (7:54) - Shocker walk-ons salivating at some serious Garden time. Derek Brown and Josh Walker are in line for good minutes.
Shockers 62, Cougars 30 (9:06) - MVC coaches are defensive wizards compared to their counterparts in the Big 12, ACC and Pac-10.
Shockers 50, Cougars 25 (15:28) - I regret writing so much about the Cougar defense.
Shockers 36, Cougars 19 – Halftime. Stutz. Quite a half. He’s making the Cougars look like Iowa. Stutz has 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting. Shockers own a 25-10 rebound edge. Shockers with 20-10 edge scoring in the paint and 11-0 on second-chance points.
Shockers 25, Cougars 14 (3:55) - Cougars aren’t interested in rebounding much. On offense, it may be to keep the Shockers from running. Defensively, Blair and Stutz are killing them on the backboards.
Shockers 18, Cougars 6 (8:10) - Shockers are not playing great – way too many turnovers. Yet they’re rolling. Thompson picked up his third foul, two on charges. Chalk one up for the scouting report. He is out.
Shockers 12, Cougars 4 (11:42) – Shocker bench playing well, even through a mess of turnovers. It took the Shockers most of the half to figure out Virginia Tech’s zone. The Cougar zone seems similar. Long, rangy athletes waiting to snag lazy passes.
Shockers 7, Cougars 2 (15:04) - Cougars missed their first six shots. The MSG rims appear to be tight and unforgiving. Two fouls on Thompson is the big story. The Shockers could make a big move if they can get him No. 3. Our read is the crowd is about 60-40 in favor of the Shockers.
Shocker starters - Durley, Blair, Murry, Ragland, Hatch. Cougar starters – Thompson, Castro, Lodwick, Capers, Moore.
Both teams are warming up. Word from Bruce Haertl and Eric Sexton is that the pep rally attracted a packed house. WSU sold 400 tickets. I wouldn’t say 7th Ave. was full of NIT fans, but it was easy to find Shocker, Cougar and Tide fans out and about. Didn’t see many Colorado fans.
Around the NIT
- Wichita State coverage, including a Bob Lutz column on Graham Hatch, here.
- Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley defends Washington State coach Ken Bone. The Cougars and the Pullman police are at odds over marijuana.
- Wichita State impresses the Cougars with its rebounding. More on the Cougars here.
- The New York Times is more interested in Anthony Grant’s VCU than Anthony Grant’s Alabama.
- ESPN.com calls Wichita State the longshot in the field. Alabama is the favorite.
- Bear Bryant halted football practice in 1973 to come to the NIT.
- Colorado coach Tad Boyle compares Alabama to Kansas State. The Alabama-Colorado matchup from the Denver Post.
- Tide vs. Buffs is a contrast in styles.
Around the Valley
- Creighton takes a 1-0 lead in the CBI finals with a win over Oregon.
- Jays fans give former coach Dana Altman a warm welcome in his return.
- Bradley turns its program over to Geno Ford, described as phenomenal, adaptable, passionate and the funniest coach in America.
- Peoria Journal-Star columnist Kirk Wessler says Bradley should be a bigger player in the MVC, and there is pressure on Ford to accomplish that standard.
- Missouri State assistants are interested in succeeding Cuonzo Martin. Former Wichita South and Kansas star Steve Woodberry is one of them.