Wichita State at Bradley

  • Bradley’s defense is leading a turnaround in Peoria after a historically bad 2011-12. Three-point shooting makes Early a pick-your-poison player for defenses.
  • Remember when Gregg Marshall pleaded for fan support? Bradley’s Geno Ford can do the same for today’s game.
  • Every season we say “Wow, what a wacky start to the MVC schedule.” Here we go again. Saturday brought another round of surprises. Illinois State, picked second in many previews, is 0-3 in the MVC. Its MVC title hopes are sunk. Its NCAA at-large hopes are fading badly.  With two home MVC losses, the Redbirds are already fighting from way behind. Missouri State, on the other hand, is 2-1 in the MVC after not defeating an NCAA Division I school in non-conference play. It won at Drake, dropping the Bulldogs to 0-3.
  • Replacing Creighton is a big topic of speculation and conversation. Should the Bluejays exit the MVC, part of the answer resides in Peoria. Bradley is capable of more than it’s giving the MVC. I’ve heard many good things about coach Geno Ford’s abilities. Some time soon, the MVC may need Bradley to shake off its recent mediocrity.
P Wichita St. Ht Yr Pts Reb
F Cleanthony Early 6-8 Jr. 13.1 5.3
C Ehimen Orukpe 7-0 Sr. 3.5 4.5
G Demetric Williams 6-3 Sr. 8.5 x-2.7
G Tekele Cotton 6-3 So. 5.7 3.8
G Malcolm Armstead 6-0 Sr. 8.4 x-3.4

 

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Wichita State (13-1, 2-0): The Shockers have won five straight over Bradley, equaling its longest streak in the 127-game series. WSU also won five straight from 1975-77. It has never won three in a row in Peoria.… Orukpe scored a career-high 10 points in Wednesday’s 75-63 win at Drake. G Nick Wiggins came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points. Wiggins, a junior transfer, leads the Shockers by making 52 percent of his threes (13 of 25).… Armstead is averaging 14 points and is 6 of 9 from three-point range in two MVC games.

 

P Drake Ht Yr Pts Reb
F Tyshon Pickett 6-6 Jr. 11.6 6.7
C Jordan Prosser 6-9 Jr. 8.5 4.6
G Walt Lemon Jr. 6-3 Jr. 13.7 x-3.4
G Jake Eastman 6-5 Sr. 7.8 3.9
G Dyricus Simms-Edwards 6-3 Sr. 10.9 4.4

 

Bradley (10-4, 2-0): C Will Egolf is suspended and will miss his second game following his arrest for a controlled substance. Egolf averages 8.6 points and 5.8 rebounds. He is Bradley’s top three-point shooter at 35.7 percent.… The Braves are plus-5.4 in turnover margin and average scoring 18.9 points off turnovers. Opponents turn the ball over 17.4 times. “They’re using their athleticism to create steals and scoring opportunities,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said.… Lemon made 8 of 11 shots and scored 20 points in Wednesday’s 66-60 win at Southern Illinois. He scored 23 in an MVC-opening win over Drake.

RPI as of Saturday: WSU 18, BU 148