- Should WSU win, there is lots of room for it to move up in Monday’s rankings. In the AP poll, No. 19 VCU, No. 18 N.C. State, No. 17 Creighton, No. 15 New Mexico, No. 12 Minnesota and No. 11 Kansas State will all present 1-1 or 0-2 weeks to voters (entering Saturday night).
- Not sure why it came up, but Marshall was asked about his future at WSU during Friday’s news conference. He answered in much the same way he always does. “I’m just glad they’re not talking about me getting the heck out of here, not on my terms,” he said. “Because that means you’re a loser. I don’t let it bother me. It’s more flattering than anything else. I think I’ve proven, with the jobs that I’ve turned down, that I’m not trying to get out of here in any big hurry. I love it here and we’re having a great time.”
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Bradley (12-8, 4-4): Lemon averages 16.9 points and 4.3 assists in MVC games. He teams with Simms-Edwards for an aggressive backcourt that preys on weak dribblers and passers. Simms-Edwards averages 3.15 steals, third nationally. He had four in the earlier meeting with WSU. Bradley is coming off a 66-58 loss at Evansville. Lemon scored 22 points and made 8 of 15 shots. The other Braves shot 31.6 percent from the field. He scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in the loss to WSU in Peoria. Bradley is shooting 40 percent from three-point range in MVC games, up from 27.4 percent in non-conference games. The Braves are 4-6 against ranked WSU teams, 0-3 in Wichita.
Wichita State (18-2, 7-1): The Shockers have won six straight over Bradley, their longest streak in a series that began in 1948. Bradley last won at Koch Arena in 2008, 60-58 on Sam Singh’s putback at the buzzer. WSU is out-rebounding MVC foes 38.2-30.5. Early is averaging 19.0 points in MVC games and shooting 56 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from three-point range.
RPI as of Saturday: BU 172, WSU 16