WSU's Joe Ragland The Shockers did their best to get something out of a mismatch. Nobody got hurt. Everybody played. Guards Joe Ragland and Demetric Williams – two guys who need minutes and confidence – did good things. Ragland did a better job staying in front of dribblers. Williams, once he played under control, handed out four assists and limited his turnovers to two. No matter how well Toure Murry plays, Wichita State needs Ragland and Williams to play well. Ragland did in Maui. Williams really needed a solid effort, and he got one.
Here’s the link to our stories, pictures and video from Wednesday.
San Diego State warmed up for Saturday’s game against WSU with an impressive win over Saint Mary’s at a sold-out Viejas Arena.
Another rough night for the MVC. Mountain West schools dominated the first night of the challenge, going 4-0 against MVC schools with three of those wins at MVC arenas. Northern Iowa’s win over Iowa State provided the lone bit of sunshine for the MVC.
Around the Valley
Creighton defended Jimmer Fredette, only to see other Cougars carry the load in Omaha. Illinois State players talk about a learning experience after their worst loss in Redbird Arena’s 21-year existence. SIU Arena doesn’t scare visitors, as New Mexico proved in a 74-59 win. At least Drake lost on the road, at Colorado State. Northern Iowa did protect its home, with a win over Iowa State. The Panthers won their 18th straight at the McLeod Center. Missouri State routed Arkansas State to win a 12th straight at home.