MVC Tournament championship

MVC Tournament coverage from The Wichita Eagle/Kansas.com

Creighton vs. Wichita State, 1 p.m.

  • Creighton’s RPI is No. 29. WSU’s is No. 36. Neither team needs to win to make the NCAA Tournament field. The team with the most to gain is WSU, which might help its seeding and move away from 8-9 line.
  • Tekele Cotton’s omission from the MVC’s All-Defensive Team bothers the Shocker coaches. So Gregg Marshall took his opportunity after Saturday’s win over Illinois State. Cotton played 26 minutes of tough defense, frustrating Tyler Brown into a miserable afternoon. “I’m going to do an addendum to try to get him individually on the All-Defensive Team,” Marshall said. “It’s a travesty that he’s not on the All-Defensive Team. When Mr. Brown comes in here, you can ask him.” Cotton isn’t the type to complain. His teammates are quick to join the campaign. “He definitely had something to prove,” forward Cleanthony Early said. “We know.”
  • This is WSU’s first meeting with Creighton in St. Louis since the Booker Woodfox game in 2009. The Shockers are 1-5 in the MVC Tournament against the Bluejays. Creighton won the 1981 championship against WSU in Omaha.
  • WSU isn’t going to lock down Creighton’s Doug McDermott. Perhaps it can make his life a little more difficult than the first two meetings. McDermott is 25 of 37 and 9 of 13 from three-point range, averaging 33 points and 6 rebounds.
  • WSU made 11 of 44 threes in the regular-season meetings. Creighton made 19 of 41. Those numbers need to change for WSU to have a chance.
  • WSU’s Carl Hall is averaging 16 points and 9.5 rebounds against the Jays. Demetric Williams averages 14 points, but is 1 of 11 from three-point range.