Wichita State at VCU

Probable starters

Wichita State

G Malcolm Armstead, 6-1, Sr.

G Ron Baker, 6-3, Fr.

G Evan Wessel, 6-5, So.

F Carl Hall, 6-8, Sr.

C Ehimen Orukpe, 7-0, Sr.

VCU

G Darius Theus, 6-3, Sr.

G Troy Daniels, 6-4, Sr.

F Treveon Graham, 6-5 So.

F Juvonte Reddic, 6-9, Jr.

C D.J. Haley, 7-0, Jr.

  • We’ll see which players coach Gregg Marshall trusts tonight. Anybody who can’t handle the ball and make good decisions won’t play – or won’t play much – unless the game is out of hand. This could also be an opportunity to win Marshall’s trust. If somebody like Nick Wiggins can play without turning the ball over and execute the plan in this environment, he can move up in the rotation.
  • Playing a team like VCU is such a tough balance because the Shockers want to be aggressive on offense and make the Rams pay for trapping and going for steals. Yet, VCU wants the Shockers to play faster than normal, so it is happy forcing quick shots. The Shockers must know when to attack and when to be patient. Not easy at all.
  • Former Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy coach Fletcher Arritt watched WSU’s shootaround. He coached WSU player development manager Devon Smith. Arritt, in his 42 seasons as head coach, coached seven NBA players. He spoke to the Shockers and got a laugh by telling them to never miss an opportunity to keep their mouths shut.