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Wesner: Power conference bias, strength of schedule will send Wichita State to AAC

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.

Tic. Tock. Tic. Tock. Tic. Tock.

Do you remember waiting on a decision after your first job interview?

Sitting in your living room with a racing mind and constantly checking for a missed call or email, you begin to second guess whether your first impression was strong and your answers crisp.

The Missouri Valley Conference is now engaged in a waiting game with mid-major powerhouse Wichita State.

Will they stay, or will they go?

Reported by The Wichita Eagle’s Paul Suellentrop Tuesday, the Shockers’ move to the American Athletic Conference is “almost inevitable.” Continue reading Wesner: Power conference bias, strength of schedule will send Wichita State to AAC

RECAP: Hawkins, Lee fly #1 Illinois State past #8 UC Irvine, setting up match-up with #4 UCF

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.

NORMAL, Ill. — Postseason basketball; a new season for all.

Although it was not in the tournament they desired, Illinois State clubbed pesky UC Irvine in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, 85-71.

Seniors Deontae Hawkins and Paris Lee, in a showing that featured the Redbirds shooting 52% from beyond the arc, scored 22 and 13 points respectively to advance the active home winning streak to 22 games.

“Some guys were like, ‘Man, I’m grateful we’re here but this is not the NCAA Tournament,'” said Lee of the group’s mentality after Selection Sunday. “Once we got settled in practice, everyone was like, ‘We might as well win it while we’re doing it.'” Continue reading RECAP: Hawkins, Lee fly #1 Illinois State past #8 UC Irvine, setting up match-up with #4 UCF

RECAP: #21 Wichita State weathers early storm, advances to MVC Tournament championship

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — 37 points.

In two games against Wichita State, Missouri State had been defeated by 18 and 19 points, respectively.

Today was another verse to the same song.

The Bears (17-16, 7-11), held to 37.9 percent from the floor, were eliminated from Arch Madness, 78-63. The Shockers (29-4, 17-1) will play top-seeded Illinois State Sunday for a chance to etch their name into the NCAA Tournament field of 68.

“I’d like to congratulate Missouri State on a very hard-fought game,” said Shockers’ head coach Gregg Marshall. “They worked extremely hard. The game ended up being 15, but I thought it was a very close game and a very well played game on both ends.” Continue reading RECAP: #21 Wichita State weathers early storm, advances to MVC Tournament championship

RECAP: #21 Wichita State advances to semi-finals with 82-56 destruction of Bradley

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Landry Shamet is on a mission.

And, the final chapter ends with #21 (AP) Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament.

Now they are one step closer to etching their name into the field of 68.

Despite shooting 37.1 percent, the Shockers (28-4, 17-1) thumped Bradley (13-20, 7-11), 82-56. The only fireworks came at the expense of hard fouls and a mid-court yelling match between head coaches Gregg Marshall and Brian Wardle.

“If we win this tournament, your name is in the NCAA Tournament,” Shamet said. “I would be nice to win the thing and know that we will be in the tournament. That’s kind of our mindset: We don’t want to leave it up to chance.”

The contest was, surprisingly, competitive for 12 minutes. The Braves held their only leads at 2-0 and 4-2. Continue reading RECAP: #21 Wichita State advances to semi-finals with 82-56 destruction of Bradley

RECAP: Illinois State fights off Evansville, 80-69 

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Illinois State sophomore Keyshawn Evans said he liked the rims inside Scottrade Center. 

It showed on Friday afternoon.

Propelled by 15 points from Evans and a 19-point, 5-rebound, 2-assist performance by senior Deontae Hawkins, the Redbirds (26-5, 17-1) fought off pesky Evansville (16-17, 6-12), 80-69.

Bench production decided the contest. Illinois State outscored Evansville 30-8 in the battle of subs.

“Credit to Evansville. I thought they played unbelievably hard,” said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller. “They competed (and) had to keep fighting back. (They) had to make some big plays down the stretch.”

As Thursday night, the Purple Aces jumped on their opponent out of the gates. Eighth-seeded Evansville ran ahead to a multi-possession lead before the first media timeout. Continue reading RECAP: Illinois State fights off Evansville, 80-69 

RECAP: Brown, Gibson propel Evansville past Indiana State, 83-72

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Evansville head coach Marty Simmons was blunt: He needed his team to grow before their Arch Madness grudge match versus Indiana State.

We need to improve. We will have to play better than we did today to have a chance.

Four days of preparation brought improvement.

After three points decided two regular season matchups, Evansville (16-16, 6-12) chopped down the Sycamores (11-20, 5-13), 83-72. A game-high 27 points by senior Jaylon Brown advanced the Purple Aces to a quarterfinal matchup with top-seeded Illinois State.

“Give Indiana State credit,” said Simmons, “They made a lot of big shots, (they) made a run. But, I like the way our guys hung in there, and we were able to finish it off.” Continue reading RECAP: Brown, Gibson propel Evansville past Indiana State, 83-72