- WSU’s Cleanthony Early stayed close to home for junior college before coming to WSU.
- Shockers trying to match the 1953-54 team with a 16-1 start.
- Evansville’s Adam Wing gives the Aces a boost off the bench.
Wichita State (15-1, 4-0): Orukpe is averaging 7.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in four MVC games. He has made 14 of 20 shots.… Early is averaging 22.5 points and shooting 62 percent (31 of 50) from the field and 56.5 percent (13 of 23) from three-point range in MVC play.… The Shockers have won five straight over Evansville.… The last 4-0 MVC start for WSU was in 2010-11, and that team lost to Missouri State in its fifth game. The Shockers went 5-0 in 1982-83 on their way to a 17-1 record.
Evansville (10-6, 3-1): Ryan, who missed most of four non-conference games with a hip pointer, is averaging 21.3 points and making 36.8 percent of his threes in MVC play. He averaged 13.7 points in 10 non-conference games.… Taylor is averaging 10.8 rebounds in conference play, including 19 rebounds against Missouri State and a 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Creighton.… The Aces rank eighth in the MVC in shooting defense, allowing opponents to make 44.8 percent. Their defense against three-pointers ranks sixth, 33.7 percent.… Evansville ranks second in the MVC in turnover margin at plus-3.50.
RPIs as of Sunday: WSU 20, UE 99