Wichita State at Illinois State

  • Demetric Williams did most of the drills in shootaround. I won’t say he’s 100 percent, but he looks ready to try to play despite a bruised hip.
  • I would bet most of the MVC is watching tonight because it’s a game that affects everybody. WSU can deal Creighton, Indiana State and Northern Iowa a blow if they win. A loss gives both those teams new hope. Illinois State can take a strong step away from Thursday in St. Louis if it wins.
  • WSU’s Tekele Cotton is one of several Shockers shooting better in recent games.
  • ISU’s John Wilkins is 7-1 as a starter this season, helping the Redbirds save their season.
P Wichita St. Ht Yr Pts Reb
F Carl Hall 6-8 Sr. 12.3 7.5
C Ehimen Orukpe 7-0 Sr. 3.2 4.9
G Demetric Williams 6-3 Sr. 8.3 x-2.4
or Fred VanVleet 5-11 Fr. 3.9 x-2.4
G Tekele Cotton 6-3 So. 6.2 3.8
G Malcolm Armstead 6-0 Sr. 9.2 x-3.9



Wichita State (21-5, 10-4): Williams is slowed by a bruised hip, suffered in the first half of Wednesday’s win over Drake. He did not play in the second half. “It’s loosening up a lot more,” he said Friday. “Just taking it day by day. I’m trying to get back to running or jogging.” . . F Cleanthony Early led the Shockers with 16 points in a January win over Illinois State. Hall did not play in that game due to injury. The Shockers held the Redbirds to 6-of-27 shooting from three-point range. WSU made 8 of 18, with F Nick Wiggins coming off the bench to make 3 of 3 and score 10 points. . .WSU won its last two trips to Redbird Arena, both by double figures. . .WSU is 3-3 in MVC road games after going 8-1 each of the past two seasons.


P Illinois State Ht Yr Pts Reb
F John Wilkins 6-9 Sr. 6.5 3.7
F Jackie Carmichael 6-8 Sr. 18.4 9.3
G Tyler Brown 6-4 Sr. 16.6 4.0
G Bryant Allen 6-3 Jr. 9.2 x-2.8
G Johnny Hill 6-3 So. 7.7 x-3.3


Illinois State (16-10, 7-7): Carmichael, from Manhattan High, scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Wednesday’s 79-59 win over Bradley. He has 12 double-doubles this season, eight in MVC play. He is shooting 54.5 percent from the field. . . The Redbirds rank second in the MVC in scoring (76.1 points) and shooting (46.5 percent).

RPIs as of Saturday: WSU 38, ISU 114