Despite grabbing 18 offensive rebounds and forcing 15 turnovers, Wichita State couldn’t shoot their way out of a paper bag on Tuesday night as Indiana State knocked off the 15th ranked Shockers on the road, 68-55.
Known for their stingy defense, Wichita St. had trouble containing the Sycamores offensive attack, which relied heavily on slow, methodical offense, waiting for the best scoring opportunity. Junior forward Manny Arop had a game-high 17 points on 7-11 shooting for the game, with the dagger being a breakaway slam off of a steal in the closing minute.
As a team, the Sycamores shot 53 percent (24-45) compared to the Shockers 27 percent (16-59) from the field. Wichita State had problems figuring out a way to get Carl Hall, the team’s second leading scorer and primary post presence, the ball as Indiana State had backside help and double-teams ready for Hall at every turn.
Because the Shockers couldn’t get the ball in the paint, they shot 28 three-point attempts, making nine of them. Cleanthony Early led the Shockers with 15 points on 3-10 shooting, two of which were early first half three pointers .
Being known as one of the best players in the country is one of the highest honor a basketball player can have. Some, however, do not receive the recognition in the National Player of the Year race because they play at smaller schools; the mid-majors. There are a number of talented players in the mid-major ranks and this is where we will examine who has a chance to win the Mid-Major Player of the Year award.
This award is better known as the Lou Henson Award, which is awarded to the top mid-major player in the country at the end of the year. CollegeInsider.com will announce the winner at the end of the season, but it’s never too early to start looking at the players with the best chance of walking away with the honor.
Here are the Mid-Major Player of the Year rankings:
- Doug McDermott - Creighton Blue Jays (24.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 52 percent 3-pointers)
Entering the season as a potential National Player of the Year and All-American, Dough McDermott came into the 2012-13 campaign with enormous hype. So far he has yet to disappoint.
January is usually the time of year we start to see who are the contenders and who are the pretenders in the mid-major ranks. With a number of teams still fighting for positioning in their respective conferences, we could be in for a long, eventful rest of the regular season.
Now is the time to figure out who those teams are. Before we can have a definite answer, we must first look at this week’s mid-major stock report. Here we will see how has gained momentum and who has completely lost it.
Here's this week's mid-major stock report.
On The Rise: South Dakota State
After a rather disappointing December (going 5-4, all losses were on the road), the South Dakota State Jackrabbits are in prime position to take the Summit League over. While December may not have been the Jacks’ month, a road win at then-16 New Mexico brought SDSU back into the talks for premier mid-majors in the country.
South Dakota State's Early Season Struggles Could Keep Them From the NCAA College Basketball Tournament
Entering the season with high expectations, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits have struggled early in the season.
Even with National Player of the Year candidate Nate Wolters continuing to produce quality numbers, the team as a whole have yet to be able to regain the same consistent level of play that led them to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history this past March. Although the Jacks sport a respectable 6-3 record, that could easily be 8-1, if not 9-0. However, a few unfortunate breaks have led to those three losses in the early season, as well as a few lucky breaks have led to two victories SDSU may not have deserved to pull out.
One year removed from its first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits head into the 2012-13 campaign as the heavy favorites to repeat as Summit League champions.
Last season saw the Jacks run the table in the conference tournament en route to their game against the 3-seed Baylor Bears in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While many expected the Bears to dominate the entire game, SDSU gave fans a treat by holding the high-powered Baylor offensive attack to 68 points in their 68-60 loss in the second round of the tournament.
Not only did SDSU jump out to an early lead on Baylor, they had the opportunity to cut it to a one-point game with under a minute remaining in regulation. That Brayden Carlson missed three-point shot led to the Bears hitting clutch free throws to close out the game.
Now, the Jacks are heavily favored to return to the big dance and, quite possibly, make some noise against the higher seeds. The Summit League essentially ranks SDSU and then everybody else.