Wichita State (12-1, 1-0): Orukpe estimates his right ankle, sprained in late November, is about 60 percent healthy. Regardless, he is helping the Shockers with his shot-blocking and rebounding. He played 20 minutes against Northern Iowa and blocked two shots and grabbed six rebounds. He also started a decisive second-half run with a dunk. “By now, I thought I would be back close to 100 percent,” he said. “Sometimes it’s a struggle to practice. It has to be a game before adrenaline takes over. Still, I can’t move as well as I want to.” … WSU is 21-4 on the road the past two-plus seasons, behind only Kansas (18-3) in road winning percentage.
Drake (6-6, 0-1): VanDeest is back after missing last season with shoulder injuries. He shoots 61.4 percent from the field and his 37 free throws lead the team.… Drake has scored 70 or more points in 11 games. No WSU opponent has reached 70.… Bradley held Drake to 18.5 percent shooting (5 of 27) from behind the arc in Saturday’s 67-57 win in Peoria. Drake shot 33.9 percent from the floor and committed 18 turnovers.… Hines was a high school teammate of former Shocker Toure Murry at Houston Klein Forest.… G Richard Carter averages 9.2 points off the bench. He started nine games before Mason moved into the lineup.
RPI as of Tuesday: WSU 18, DU 195