- Last season, Alabama pressed Wichita State. Nobody else did, at least with any determination, until VCU in the NCAA Tournament. This season, Shocker opponents are providing a lot of prep work. Several teams, including VCU, pressed. Several teams, including Charleston Southern, played zone. Southern Miss will play zone. “It’s amazing this year how that’s happened,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “Everybody was pressing us. Now everybody is playing zone, and (Charleston Southern) is just like what Southern Miss does. We’ve got to attack it smartly in transition. We’ve got to attack with our sets. We’ve got to attack with our breakdowns (late in the shot clock).”
Southern Mississippi (8-3): The Golden Eagles have won two in a row since losing three straight. They led Arizona by 11 points in the first half before committing 17 turnovers and going 0 for 8 from behind the three-point arc in the second half. Arizona ralled to win 63-55.… Brooks scored 23 points in Tuesday’s 69-67 win at Georgia State. He made 4 of 7 threes and is 19 of 65 (29.2 percent) from three this season.… G Dwayne Davis averages 13.9 points and 5.0 rebounds. He started the first eight games before coming off the bench against Georgia State. “He scores in a lot of ways, crafty,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said.… Watson played at Kansas City Sumner and one season at Coffeyville Community College. He is 14 of 32 from three (43.8 percent). WSU assistant Greg Heiar recruited Watson to Southern Miss in his stint there..
Wichita State (10-1): WSU is 10-1 for the fifth time as an NCAA Division I program, most recently when the 2009-10 team started 11-1. WSU’s best one-loss start came when the 1953-54 team reached 16-1.… Saturday’s game counts as a home game for NCAA Tournament resume purposes.… The teams will meet for the first time.… As of Friday morning, WSU had sold 8,200 tickets. WSU will receive an $85,000 guarantee from the promoter, Russ Potts Productions, plus bonuses for tickets sold. Should WSU sell 11,000 or more, it will earn $35,000.