Marshall chases 200, WSU chases outright crown

Sports Editor

At this point in the season, Wednesday’s matchup between the No. 11 Wichita State men’s basketball team and Indiana State is the biggest game of the season thus far.

“We play for a championship next week,” head coach Gregg Marshall said after Sunday’s win against Evansville. “Wednesday’s game will decide if it’s a co-championship or a regular season championship.”

If WSU loses tonight and wins Saturday against Northern Iowa, they would share the Missouri Valley Conference championship with the Panthers — that is as long as UNI also wins Wednesday.

If both teams win Wednesday, Saturday’s matchup is for all the marbles.

The Indiana State Sycamores matchup could also mark a milestone for Marshall as he tries to win his 200th game as WSU’s head coach and his 100th win against MVC opponents.

The task will be difficult considering WSU is on the road and Indiana State is third in the Valley.

Indiana State hasn’t been consistent this season, unable to put together back-to-back wins since they won five straight to start conference play. They’ve lost six of their last 11 games.

Indiana State tries to live and die by the three. In games where they shoot more than 20 3-pointers, they have four wins and 13 losses.

In games where the Sycamores shoot less than 20 3-pointers, they have 10 wins and one loss — the one loss coming from Wichita State.  

The Shockers have won the last eight out of 10 games against the Sycamores, most recently beating them 74-57 Feb. 11 at Koch Arena.

Only Sycamore guards Devonte Brown and Tre’ Bennett scored in double digits that night and they both had to do it from the free throw line. Brown shot 1-7 from the field and seven of his 10 points from the free throw line. Bennett was 2-4 from the field and had to get five of his 11 points from from the free throw line.

The game is 6:05 p.m. at Indiana State.