Missouri Valley RUMORS & NEWS

  • Bradley’s Auston Barnes arrested early Sunday morning

    College Basketball Talk "Auston Barnes, a senior forward that started 31 games for the Braves this past season, was arrested by Bradley campus police on Sunday morning on domestic battery charges. He was taken to Peoria County jail and had yet to be released as of 7 a.m. on Monday morning. Bradley is aware of the..." August 11

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Missouri State’s Marshall ready for next step

    Springfield News-Leader "Six months have passed and Missouri State assistant basketball coach Jermaine Henderson remembers the pained look on Marcus Marshall’s face. It wasn’t all from the ache in Marshall’s surgically repaired right knee. “Our first home game after his surgery, he was sitting there during pregame..." July 20

  • IU basketball team adds Illinois State transfer Zeisloft

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Indiana has added Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft for the 2014-15 season. The graduate student has two years of eligibility remaining and can play right away. A 6-4 guard originally from LaGrange, Ill., Zeisloft averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Redbirds last season...." July 07

  • Wichita State working to get Corey Henderson Jr. prepared for backup point guard role

    College Basketball Talk "One of the remarkable things about Wichita State’s 35-1 record last season was the Shockers’ lack of a backup point guard. With the loss of backup point guard D.J. Bowles before the 2013-14 season due to a heart condition, Wichita State had to rely on sophomore Fred VanVleet to carry a heavy..." June 21

  • Morgan Park's Josh Cunningham picks Bradley

    Chicago Tribune "Josh Cunningham was a starter on two state championship teams at Morgan Park. Now his goal is to play in the NCAA tournament with Bradley. Cunningham, a 6-foot-7 senior, passed on the chance to play at more established programs Tuesday and announced his decision to attend college in..." April 29

  • Ex-Valley prep Kale Abrahamson transferring to Drake

    Des Moines Register "Kale Abrahamson is leaving his family but coming home. The former West Des Moines Valley star and Northwestern sophomore said Wednesday he has transferred to Drake and will play basketball for the Bulldogs. Abrahamson, who announced in March that he was transferring from Northwestern, said..." April 17

  • Illinois State loses three to transfer

    College Basketball Talk "The Illinois State Redbirds lost three players to transfer on Monday as the school announced that Nick Zeisloft, Kaza Keane and Zach Lofton are all transferring. Jim Benson of The Pantagraph reported the news. Zeisloft, a redshirt sophomore, will graduate this summer and have two years of..." April 07

  • McDermott, Marshall honored by AP

    ESPN.com "Creighton's Doug McDermott and Wichita State's Gregg Marshall have been selected as The Associated Press' player and coach of the year, respectively. McDermott, who finished his career at Creighton as college basketball's fifth-leading scorer, was a near-unanimous selection as player of the..." April 03

  • Creighton's Doug McDermott leads Wooden All-America Team

    CBSSports.com "Senior Doug McDermott is the headliners on the 10-member Wooden All-American Team announced Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The first team -- all finalists for the Wooden Award, presented by the LAAC to honor the college basketball player of the year -- features Creighton's McDermott,..." April 01

  • Johnson, Napier, Stauskas lead NABC All-America team

    CBSSports.com "The National Association of Basketball Coaches named its 2013-14 All-America teams Thursday, with a trio of players still alive in the NCAA Tournament named to the first team. Arizona's Nick Johnson, UConn's Shabazz Napier and Michigan's Nik Stauskas join Creighton's Doug McDermott and Duke's..." March 28

  • Gregg Marshall gets Henry Iba Award

    ESPN.com "Gregg Marshall, who guided Wichita State to the first 35-0 start in NCAA men's history, won the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award on Monday. The Shockers, the top seed in the Midwest Region, advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Kentucky on Sunday and finished..." March 24

  • For Wichita State, the end of perfection was a classic

    SI.com "The distance between 36-0 and 35-1 was 25 feet. A three-pointer from two steps beyond the key, left Fred VanVleet's right hand with 1.7 seconds left and the Scottrade Center scoreboard read Kentucky 78, Wichita State 76. Its path would determine whether the No. 1-seeded Shockers would continue..." March 24

  • Kentucky spoils Wichita State's clean record

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Sweet redemption or painful replay. That's the either/or Kentucky faced in the NCAA Tournament Sunday. After a season marked by competitive, but frustrating losses against ranked teams, UK's freshman-oriented team finally made its mark by beating previously unbeaten Wichita State 78-76 in the..." March 23

  • Shockers go to 35-0 with win over Cal Poly, Set NCAA Record

    GoShockers.com "Wichita State opened up its 2014 NCAA tournament with a 64-37 win over Cal Poly on Friday night to advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. The 35-0 start is the best start in NCAA Division I history and the 27 point win is the largest margin of victory for Wichita State in the..." March 22

  • Will Wichita State, Kansas and Kansas State fans spar with – or support – each other?

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB "Dylan Donner was in the front row at Scottrade Center for NCAA tournament open practices Thursday. He was careful not to get the dipping sauce from his chicken strips on his Wichita State Shockers jacket. Donner is here with his father, Dallas. They drove in from Wichita, Kan., for the..." March 21

  • Who'll be the next Shockers superhero? Maybe someone you'd never expect

    Fox Sports Kansas City "The best steps in the Dance are the ones nobody saw coming, the Daytons, the Harvards, and every dreamer in between. The best moments are reserved for the stars who bolt straight from the back of the chorus to center stage when the spotlight turns on them. Ty Rogers, Western Kentucky's fourth..." March 21

  • Shockers to Play Cal-Poly in Second Round

    GoShockers.com "Wichita State will play California-Poly at 6:10 p.m. CT on Friday, March 21 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Cal-Poly defeated Texas Southern 81-69 on Wednesday night to advance to the second round on Friday. Wichita State takes a 34-0 overall record into its..." March 20

  • Gregg Marshall finds Wichita State to be just his type

    Washington Post "When Gregg Marshall answered a call in spring 2007 asking if he would be interested in coaching the Wichita State basketball team, Marshall needed a moment. Marshall, then the coach at the overachieving mid-major Winthrop, was on a golf course in North Carolina, so he asked the caller to hold,..." March 19

  • Arkansas 91, Indiana St. 71

    ProSportsDaily "Anthlon Bell scored 18 of his career-high 28 points in the first half as the host Razorbacks led most of the way in holding off the Sycamores in the first round of the NIT. Bell was 7-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, in the first half for third-seeded Arkansas (22-11),..." March 19

  • A newcomer's guide to Wichita State

    Fox Sports Kansas City "Q: Wichita State ... Wichita State ... where have I heard that name before? A: Last March, probably. They're the team that came out of nowhere -- and by nowhere, we mean southern Kansas -- and reduced your carefully-crafted bracket to tiny salt pellets. The Shockers were the Cinderella story of..." March 18

  • Basketball Writers Association names 13/14 All-Americans

    USBWA.com "The 2013-14 USBWA Men's All-America Team features seven seniors, including forward Doug McDermott of Creighton, who becomes just the 19th player in the 58-year history of the team to earn three-time USBWA All-America honors. Based on regular-season performance, the entire USBWA membership of..." March 12

  • Wichita State — at 34-0 — has yet to face its toughest test

    Chicago Sun-Times "Now the hard part begins. With all due respect to Wichita State’s 34-0 record — and, really, how could anyone not respect it? — navigating through six more victories will be even tougher for the No. 2- ranked Shockers. Too tough? We’ll find out about that. An 83-69 victory over Indiana..." March 11

  • Shockers Go 34-0 and Earn Missouri Valley title

    GoShockers.com "Fred VanVleet scored 22 points including several key baskets late to lead another strong ensemble effort and No. 2 Wichita State remained the nation's lone unbeaten after defeating Indiana State, 83-69, on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final. Tekele Cotton added 20 points..." March 10

  • Shockers Face Indiana State in Final

    GoShockers.com "No. 2/2 Wichita State (33-0, 18-0) opened MVC Tournament play with a 80-58 win against No. 9-seed Evansville Friday before defeating Missouri State, 67-42 in the semifinal game Saturday. -WSU became the third team in NCAA history to start the season 33-0. (Indiana State, 33-0; UNLV,..." March 09

  • Shockers dominate Missouri St. 67-42, stay undefeated, advance to MVC final

    The Sunflower "The Wichita State Shockers won its 33rd undefeated game of the season Saturday against Missouri State to become one of three teams to go 33-0 in NCAA history. The Shockers trampled the Bears 67-42 to move on to the championship game Sunday, where they will attempt to make history one more..." March 09

  • Four freshmen listed among 15 finalists for Wooden Award

    CBSSports.com "The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced on Saturday the 15 finalists for the 2014 John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to the nation's top college basketball player. The 15 finalists are: (Players listed in alphabetical order) Kyle Anderson (UCLA) Cleanthony Early..." March 08

  • Shockers beat Aces 80-58, advance to semifinals of MVC at 32-0

    The Sunflower "The Shockers keep breaking records and land new career highs as the team defeated the Evansville Purple Aces 80-58 in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference in Saint Louis, Mo. Setting the new record for most blocks in a MVC tournament game, the Shockers finished the..." March 08

  • Marshall Named MVC Coach of the Year

    GoShockers.com "For just the second time in MVC history, a league coach has won the MVC Coach of the Year award three-straight years, as Wichita State men's head coach Gregg Marshall has earned the honor for 2013-14. Marshall joins Drake legendary Hall of Famer Maury John, who won three-straight honors in the..." March 07

  • VanVleet honored as MVC Player of the Year

    The Sunflower "Wichita State sophomore Fred VanVleet had a big smile on his face when he was announced the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Tuesday, but he gave all the praise to his teammates and coaches. “I’ve got a lot of talented teammates that make me look really good,” VanVleet..." March 07

  • SIU's Hinson struggling to cope with family tragedy

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The five acres that surround Barry Hinson’s refurbished house on the outskirts of town are a work in progress. And that’s exactly the way he likes it. Walking the land, he exudes joy when talking about converting a sand volleyball court into a garden. He recalls hitching a chain to the back of..." March 04

  • Shockers Finish Perfect (31-0) With 68-45 Win Over Missouri State

    GoShockers.com "With a capacity crowd of 10,506 chanting “undefeated,” the No. 2-ranked Wichita State Shockers sealed a perfect regular season by improving to a NCAA Division I regular-season record 31-0 with a dominating 68-45 win against Missouri State Saturday at Charles Koch Arena. Wichita State (31-0, 18-0)..." March 02

  • Undefeated regular season says all we need to know about No. 2 Wichita State

    College Basketball Talk "31-0. They did it. With a 68-45 win over Missouri State, No. 2 Wichita State became the first team since St. Joseph’s in 2004 to finish the regular season undefeated. I hope you all can appreciate that fact. Because regardless of what happens, the argument about just how good this..." March 02

  • MVC Insider: Shockers rule Valley with no test from Creighton

    Springfield News-Leader "Doug Elgin is like the rest of us. The longtime commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference sometimes catches himself wondering “What if?” in a season that — to borrow a phrase from Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities — is the best of times and worst of times for his league. “Creighton would..." February 28

  • McDermott, Parker, Wiggins among 10 players still on Naismith list

    CBSSports.com "The Atlanta TipOff Club on Friday announced the 10 national semifinalists for the 2014 Naismith Trophy. Listed alphabetically, they are: Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) Nick Johnson (Arizona) Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati) Doug McDermott (Creighton) Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)..." February 28

  • Tennessee 75, Mississippi St. 68

    ProSportsDaily "Jordan McRae recorded 29 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the visiting Volunteers tamed the Bulldogs. Jarnell Stokes added 14 points and nine boards for Tennessee (17-11, 8-7 SEC), which finished 17-of-20 from the foul line. Jeronne Maymon chipped in with 10 points and 11 rebounds for..." February 27

  • No. 2 Wichita St. makes history as first to go 30-0 with win over Bradley

    GoShockers.com "Wichita State became the first team ever to go 30-0 in the regular season, defeating Bradley 69-49 on Tuesday night inside Carver Arena. Ron Baker led the way with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, while pulling down six rebounds. Tekele Cotton had 13..." February 26

  • Shockers move to 29-0, clinch Missouri Valley Conference

    The Sunflower "Tekele Cotton checked out of the game to a standing ovation. He looked over to his teammates on the court and flashed two fingers. He probably meant two three-pointers he made. Or maybe it was two more games to go. While Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker struggled to find their offense..." February 23

  • Wichita State beats Loyola, is nation’s lone unbeaten basketball team

    The Sunflower "Just in case the message isn’t getting through, the Wichita State Shockers (28-0, 15-0) are more than happy to repeat it. The Valley goes through the Shockers and good luck trying to get through. Now, the Shockers remain as the only undefeated team in Division I with the Syracuse Orange..." February 20

  • This week, Okon’s basketball travels take him to a familiar place

    Kansas.com "Dominic Okon’s bucket list is a little different than yours. This one example should underline it properly. “I’ve been to all of the continents except for Australia and … Antarctica,” Okon said. “And Australia looks amazing. So that’s on my bucket list.” Okon is in his seventh year as..." February 18

  • Baker’s career night propels Shockers to 27-0

    Kansas.com "No. 4 Wichita State learned from its first meeting with Evansville. Playing off the Aces guards, even the ones who don’t shoot, doesn’t work. The Shockers went full-court press in the half-court on Sunday against Evansville and disrupted its motion offense with a risk-and-reward approach. WSU..." February 17

  • Bears needing Kirk to elevate game

    Springfield News-Leader "The little nugget served up by Missouri State sports information guru Rick Kindhart slipped past basketball coach Paul Lusk. Looking for a Bears’ basketball barometer? When Christian Kirk scores eight or more points, Missouri State is 8-0 this season. Hmmm ... “I didn’t realize that,” Lusk..." February 15

  • Shockers struggle past Salukis 78-67, move to 26-0

    Kansas.com "Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall cut practice short on Monday because his team performed so well. Usually, that is a sign of good things to come. On Tuesday night, it was and it wasn’t. The fourth-ranked Shockers defeated Southern Illinois 78-67 at Koch Arena in one of their weaker..." February 12

  • Syracuse, Arizona, Florida and Wichita State hoops thrive thanks to team-first mentality

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "In the game of sports cliché bingo, the phrase "'there is no I in team" is usually found in the center square — a popular mantra repeated by most coaches and players. However, as the college basketball season winds toward Selection Sunday — the equivalent of Christmas for a hoops fanatic — the..." February 12

  • Shockers need Carter to stay mad and produce

    Kansas.com "Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall made Darius Carter mad, called him soft, and there aren’t many harsher words that can come from a coach. “He was getting on me a lot and I was ready to prove him wrong,” Carter said. “I was frustrated to the point where I wanted to shut him up.” Carter did,..." February 11

  • Shockers improve to 25-0 with win at Northern Iowa

    Kansas.com "Larry Bird is officially on notice. So is Hersey Hawkins. No. 4 Wichita State cleared what appears to be its toughest obstacle to an unbeaten regular season with an 82-73 win over Northern Iowa at the McLeod Center on Saturday night. Pair Saturday’s win with Wednesday’s at second-place..." February 09

  • Wichita State survives struggle on road, improves to 24-0

    Kansas.com "No. 4 Wichita State remains unbeaten, its toughest test behind it, but not without plenty of anxiety. The Shockers defeated Indiana State 65-58 on Wednesday at the Hulman Center, surviving a desperate effort by the Sycamores. WSU is one of the nation’s two unbeaten teams and opened a three-game..." February 06

  • Wichita State's Gregg Marshall puts teeth into coaching

    USA Today "Gregg Marshall, the coach of one of two remaining unbeaten men's college basketball teams, leans forward in his soft office chair, opens his mouth wide and lifts his lip. "These are fake teeth, by the way," the seventh-year Wichita State coach says. "When you get your teeth knocked out a couple..." February 05

  • Wichita St. grounded, travels on game day

    ESPN.com "Undefeated Wichita State traveled to Indiana State on Wednesday, touching down hours before the Missouri Valley Conference showdown in Terre Haute after its flight was canceled due to weather in Indianapolis. "Not ideal, but did it many times at Winthrop, just not flying this far," Shockers..." February 05

  • MSU's Scheer savors career twilight

    Springfield News-Leader "The reality is starting to hit home for Nathan Scheer. The days remaining in his college basketball career — his competitive basketball career for that matter — are numbered. “I was sitting around and thinking about it (Monday) and how there’s a little over a month left,” Missouri State’s..." February 05

  • Aces gunned down by Shockers

    The Sunflower "Wichita State found themselves down early once again to Evansville. They never shut down but came back to beat the Aces 81-67 to move to 23-0. Evansville came out on fire, hitting 10 of their first 11 shots. They extended their lead as high as 29-14, until Gregg Marshall made the call to..." February 02

  • Drake transfer helping Iowa’s next foe

    Hawk Central "Rayvonte Rice left Drake after two seasons to help his hometown team. Now, the junior guard is the leading scorer at Illinois, averaging 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds for a team that will try ande and snap a six-game losing streak when it hosts Iowa Saturday. “He needs some help,” Illinois..." January 31

  • Shocking: How Wichita State Lost Money With Trip To Final Four

    Forbes.com "The Wichita State Shockers are deadly. Undefeated through nearly three months of play and ranked No. 5 in the country, the Shockers have shown no signs of slowing since opening the season with seven straight wins by ten points or more. Some fans might scoff at Wichita State’s schedule, an..." January 31

  • Late push sends Drake past Bears

    Springfield News-Leader "As Missouri State and Drake matched 3-point shooting, the visiting Bears blinked first. “Just missing open baskets, which happens, and we couldn’t get stops on the defensive end,” Missouri State guard Austin Ruder said. “Kind of a bad combination.” Certainly a losing combination Wednesday..." January 30

  • Cleanthony Early scores 23 points as Wichita State goes to 22-0

    Kansas.com "Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early grabs the spotlight with his athletic ability, his size and the total confidence he possesses in his ability to score. He is on a hot streak because he is paying more attention to the fundamentals of shooting and it shows. Early scored 23 points in No. 4 WSU’s..." January 29

  • Lufile leads Shockers’ block party

    Kansas.com "Wichita State’s Chadrack Lufile knows other teams are watching video and he knows it’s his job to put fear in their minds. “I really want to give people a second thought about coming into the lane,” he said. “I’m here.” The fourth-ranked Shockers give opposing shooters plenty of reason to..." January 28

  • Shockers go 21-0 after win against Drake

    The Sunflower "The Wichita State Shockers beat the Drake Bulldogs 78-61 Saturday night to give the Shockers their 21st win of the season. Tekele Cotton had what was arguably the highlight of the game, slamming down a big one-handed alley-oop from Ron Baker with 30 seconds left in the first half. In..." January 26

  • Freshman Doyle scores 20, but Loyola falls to Indiana State 65-61

    Chicago Sun-Times "Loyola got another 20-point game from freshman Milton Doyle on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough against Indiana State, which left the Gentile Arena with a 65-61 victory. The Ramblers (7-12, 2-5 Missouri Valley Conference) got within 64-61 with five seconds left on sophomore Jeff White’s..." January 23

  • Shockers rally in second half for 20th win of the season

    The Sunflower "Cleanthony Early led the Wichita State Shockers to a 70-55 win over the Illinois State Redbirds Wednesday night in Normal, Ill. The game gave the Shockers their 20th win of their as yet undefeated season. Early put up 23 points and ten rebounds in the matchup. Ron Baker Scored second..." January 23

  • Wichita State beats Illinois State 70-55 for win No. 20

    Kansas.com "Cleanthony Early likes everything about Redbird Arena, even the fans who give him a hard time and hold up signs mocking him, his coach and his school. It is a fun place to play when you’re winning, and Early completed a two-year mission to burn down the place with his outside shooting. No. 5..." January 23

  • Wooden Award releases midseason list; Joel Embiid snubbed?

    CBSSports.com "The Wooden Award released its midseason list of 25 players on Wednesday, and most of the usual suspects are on the list. Creighton's Doug McDermott is the favorite heading into the final six weeks of the season, but the talk of the sport for the past two weeks has been Kansas big man Joel..." January 23

  • College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    College Basketball Talk "Last week, the thing I got the most heat about in these rankings were where I had Syracuse situated: sitting at No. 3, sitting directly behind a Michigan State team that has a loss to a North Carolina team that the Orange have already beaten. So I figured this week I would explain my reasoning..." January 20

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