Basketball on a Wednesday

  • Wichita State will play DePaul in the first Kansas City game of the CBE Classic in November at Sprint Center. Texas-BYU is the other pairing. I’m not surprised that WSU will play DePaul, likely the weakest team in the field, on the first night. I am surprised WSU didn’t rate a game on one of the ESPN networks (it is on ESPN3).  The Maui Invitational starting the same day may play a role in limiting the available spots.
  • WSU senior associate athletic director Darron Boatright likes the late start (around 9 p.m.) because it gives fans time to drive to KC. He was told the TV decision was made by ESPN, not event organizers. “I was surprised by that, and flustered by it,” he said. 
  • WSU will play Buffalo in one of the home games afforded by the CBE Classic. The second opponent remains unknown.
  • Here is ESPN’s take on the bracket. Seth Greenberg is putting pressure on Shocker fans, calling it a home game for WSU. WSU defeated DePaul 75-62 a year ago in Cancun and the Blue Demons looked unorganized and undisciplined. 
  • Good news from the TV world: Alabama and WSU are looking at moving their game to Dec. 17 (one day earlier than planned) so ESPN can broadcast it on one of its networks. 
  • Coach Gregg Marshall has not signed his updated contract. It is, according to athletic director Eric Sexton, in the hands of the lawyers and proceeding along slowly as these things often do.
  • WSU is still looking for one game to fill out its non-conference schedule.