Friday, March 6, 2009, 6PM
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
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Tonight, I watched a grind it out game with Missouri St. and Wichita St. that at times was hard to watch. However, there was a lot more energy felt in this one than the previous Indiana St./Drake game. By the time the game was over, it was getting quite physical and that definitely was an advantage for Wichita St.
The Jays did stop by in the stands for a quick gander at the game in the first half, but they looked focused as ever and I think they are ready to play.
Wichita St. had a very balanced scoring attack Thursday night with Toure Murry with 16, Ramon Clemente with 12 and JT Durley with 10. It is going to be very important for Kenny Lawson and Kenton Walker to outplay Clemente and Durley in order to win this game. Otter’s blog had a great entry this last week in preparation for the tourney on the “Others” who seemed to come out of no where and step up for the Jays in the MVC tourney. It may be Justin Carter as mentioned, but it may also be Lawson or Walker or even Chad Millard who will be the surprise players in this tourney.
Everyone will key on Booker Woodfox and P’Allen Stinnett. But it is the toughness that the frontline has gained over this 10 game winning streak that will keep the streak going.
The other thing out of Wichita St. camp tonight is that Gregg Marshall didn’t get T’d up and didn’t get kicked out of the game like he did last season. Maybe he is waiting until the Creighton game.
We’ll have to keep an eye on Josh Dotzler to see how his shins and cramping will affect his play. He is a key cog and will need to be leaned on as Antoine Young experiences his first Arch Madness.
(Oh, and as a side note, I would not be surprised if Indiana St. upsets Northern Iowa tomorrow to kick off the quarterfinals. Indiana St. was up 21 on Drake before they let them back in the game, but I am sensing that with Kevin McKenna being from the Altman stable, that he has a blueprint on how to get his teams ready for the MVC tournament. This should be an interesting game.)
The Jays will have a battle on their hands and with the Wichita St. and Jays fans in almost the same side of the Scottrade center lower bowl, it could get loud in there. It appeared the Shockers and the Jays were the most represented as far as fans during Thursday’s play-in games. I think this game will be close and the Jays remember what happened last time in Wichita the last time they played the Shockers. The weather is beautiful here in St. Louis and it will be a pleasant day for the Jays as well.
Prediction: Jays 71, Wichita St. 67
MVC Tourney Notes:
The Jays have been busy getting postseason awards. Along with all of the MVC awards given out earlier in the week with Booker Woodfox winning the MVC player of the year and First Team All-MVC. Here are some of the other awards the Jays have won:
- P’Allen Stinnett was placed on the All-MVC 2nd team.
- Josh Dotzler and Kenny Lawson were on the All-Defensive team
- Antoine Young and Kenton Walker were named to the All-Bench team
- Kaleb Korver and Dustin Sitzmann were named to the All-MVC Scholar Athlete Teams.
- Booker Woodfox received another award being placed on the National Association of Coaches All-District team which makes him now eligible to be selected for the State Farm Coaches Division I All-American team.
Cox goes off against Indiana St.
“Bucky” Cox almost singlehandedly brought Drake back against Indiana St. Thursday night. Drake was down 21 points and for a 6 minute stretch in the second half, Drake held Indiana St. from scoring and Cox then went on a tear. He went for 27 points for the game shooting 10-16 from the field and 4-7 from three. And at least 2 of those three pointers were well behind the NBA three point line. Simply amazing. Drake had gotten ISU’s lead down to 3, but then didn’t get Cox the ball anymore and then made free throws helped the Sycamores survive. I don’t think I will be sad that Cox is done after this year. He has been tough on the Jays and we saw his range tonight.
Weems goes cold
Kyle Weems was hot for Missouri St. in the first half going into the half with 16 points on 6-9 shooting. But what seems to be a constant problem for Weems is his inability to perform in the second half. He struggled once again going 1-6 from the field. I guess the good thing for Weems is that he is only a freshman and he has time to improve that aspect of his game. Bad news for the Valley opponents if he can play two good halves int he same game the next few years.