- Former Shocker Garrett Stutz is in Wichita, rehabbing from a quad injury and getting back in shape. The injury cut his first pro season for a team in South Korea short. He is considering a return to South Korea, but also has options in Europe. Something I didn’t know about basketball in South Korea: Teams are limited to two Americans, and only one can be on the court at any time.
Southern Illinois (7-7, 0-3): Jackson, a transfer from Wyoming, is shooting 35.3 percent from three-point range. He scored 20-plus points four times, with a high of 29 at Utah State. Early ranks sixth in the MVC in rebounding despite giving up several inches to opposing forwards. “Jeff Early is a guy that could play for us,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “He’s in that mold of Tekele Cotton, Evan Wessel ,Graham Hatch — just a tough, competitive athlete.” C Dantiel Daniels is out with a sprained ankle. He averaged 10.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Without him, SIU goes small often, which could pose a problem for WSU C Ehimen Orukpe. Opponents are shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 50.9 percent from three during SIU’s four-game losing streak.
Wichita State (14-1, 3-0): WSU has won five of the past six meetings with SIU, handling it by 43 points last season at Koch Arena. Early is shooting 58.1 percent from the field (18 of 31) and 57.1 percent from three-point range (8 of 14) in three MVC games. He earned MVC newcomer of the week honors for the fourth time after averaging 17.5 points in wins over Drake and Bradley. The Shockers are holding MVC opponents to 27.3-percent shooting from three-point range. WSU is 14-1 for the second time since joining the MVC in 1945. The 1953-54 team reached 16-1 before losing a second game.
RPI as of Tuesday: WSU 17, SIU 222