Just three Division I teams remain perfect, through games of Sunday, Jan. 19.
- Wichita State (19-0) -- next at Illinois State (1/22)
- Arizona (18-0) - next vs. Colorado (1/23)
- Syracuse (18-0) - next at Miami (1/25)
Player of the Week
Seth Tuttle, UNI, Jr., 6-8, Fwd., Sheffield (Iowa) West Fork High
Tuttle averaged 22.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 3.5 apg in the Panthers’s two-game stretch at Southern Illinois and vs. Missouri State. Tuttle tied a career-high with 24 points and had nine rebounds at SIU on Tuesday. Tuttle followed that up with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a 94-89 win over Missouri State. For the week, Tuttle shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the field.
Newcomer of the Week
Ron Mvouika, Missouri State, Jr., 6-6, Gd., Paris (France) Sheridan (Wyo.) College
In his first career start, Mvouika notched 28 points at UNI, including a Missouri State record 6-for-6 effort from 3-point range. He finished 10-for-13 (.769) from the field overall and matched a team-high with 4 assists while playing a career-high 35 minutes.
Best Starts Ever
Wichita State (19-0) will next look to extend a school record with a 20th victory to start a season when the Shockers play at Illinois State on Wednesday. Counting WSU, a total of four MVC teams have started a season 19-0 or better. Only one team in the MVC’s 106-year history have started a season with 20-straight wins (Indiana State, 1978-79).
Recent 20-0 Starts
There have been 10 NCAA teams that started 20-0 in the past 10 seasons.
Teams to start 20-0 (last 10 years), how ended
2011-12 23-0 Murray St. (F9 to Tennessee St., 72-68)
2011-12 20-0 Syracuse (J21 at Notre Dame, 67-58)
2010-11 24-0 Ohio State (F12 at Wisconsin, 71-67)
2010-11 20-0 San Diego State (J26 at BYU, 71-58)
2007-08 26-0 Memphis (F23 to Tennessee, 66-62)
2007-08 20-0 Kansas (J30 at Kansas State, 84-75)
2004-05 29-0 Illinois (M6 at Ohio State, 65-64)
2004-05 20-0 Boston College (F8 at Notre Dame, 68-65
2003-04 26-0 Stanford (M6 at Washington, 75-62)
2003-04 27-0 St. Joseph’s (M11 to Xavier, 87-67)
What’s the Diff?
In the past 20 years (since 1994-95), seven MVC teams have recorded a double-digit advantage in scoring margin for a season. Wichita State currently has a +15.4 scoring margin, which is the best among any team in that span.
MVC Scoring Differential, Since 1994-95
2013-14 Wichita State 19-0 15.4
2011-12 Wichita State 27-6 14.7
2002-03 Creighton 29-5 14.3
2007-08 Drake 28-5 11.8
1995-96 Tulsa 22-8 11.4
2012-13 Creighton 28-8 11.3
2010-11 Wichita State 29-8 11.1
The Indiana State-Wichita State matchup last Saturday featured two 5-0 teams in league play. The last time two unbeaten MVC teams met that late in a conference season was on Jan. 19, 2008, when Illinois State (6-0) and Drake (6-0) faced one another. In fact, that year Drake and Illinois State were the first matchup of two 6-0 teams in league history. Despite trailing by 12, Drake won, 79-73, en route to a conference regular-season and tournament title.
Shockers at No. 4 This Week
Wichita State is ranked No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the AP Poll this week (Jan. 20). The Shockers finished 2012-13 ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll but were not ranked in the final regular-season AP poll. Only five MVC teams have cracked the AP Top 10 in the past 20 years, and before this year (Dec. 23) Wichita State was the last to do it -- in 2006. The last MVC team to climb as high as No. 5 was Wichita State -- on Dec. 28, 1981 (No. 2).
Odum First in 500-500 Club
With 500 career made free throws, Indiana State’s Jake Odum is one of just 13 players in MVC history to make 500 free throws. Odum already has eclipsed 500 career assists (539). After making four free throws last Saturday at Wichita State, he became the first player in MVC history to reach 500 in both stats. He ranks fifth among current players for career FTs.
Loyola’s Milton Doyle is the league’s top scoring freshman in 2013-14, already reaching 272 points through 18 games. Only four freshmen in MVC history have reached 500 points - the last to do it was Creighton’s Doug McDermott in 2010-11.
Best on the Road
Wichita State is No. 1 nationally in road winning percentage over the past three-plus seasons (since 2010-11). The Shockers are 31-8 and have two road games this week.
So far this year, league teams have won 21 of 30 home games in conference play (70.0 percent), which - should it continue at that pace - would be the third-best success rate by home teams in any of the past 11 seasons. Last year, MVC teams won 71.1 percent of league games on their homecourts -- tying for the best percentage in the last 10 years:
A Helping Hand
Wichita State’s Fred Van Vleet has a 4.4 assist:turnover ratio in 2013-14 (97 assists with just 22 turnovers). Van Vleet ranks second nationally to Pitt’s James Robinson (5.21). No MVC player in the past 10 years has finished a season with a assist:turnover ratio of 4.0 or better. The last to do it was Indiana State’s Michael Menser in 2000-01.
Off the Bench
Here’s how the top five league bench players have fared off the bench (and full season stats). UNI’s Nate Buss started for the first time in his career on Saturday against Missouri State and responded with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting.
Player, Team (Starts) Bench Total
Jalen Pendleton, SIU (5) 12.1 11.3
Zach Lofton, ILS (7) 10.7 11.6
Khristian Smith, INS (2) 10.4 10.4
Nate Buss, UNI (1) 10.1 11.0
Devon Turk, Loyola (0) 9.7 9.7
Lemon in Exclusive Company
Recently, Bradley’s Walt Lemon, Jr. became the sixth player in BU history to eclipse both 1,400 career points and 300 assists, the first since James Gillingham (1,416 and 308) from 2000-04. Lemon now boasts 1,465 points and 318 assists and is on pace to join Hersey Hawkins and Anthony Parker as the only Bradley players with 1,500 career points and 300 assists.
Ruder With 39 Treys Already
Austin Ruder of Missouri State has connected on 39 treys this year in the Bears’ first 18 games. Should he keep that pace, he’ll join a small group of freshmen in MVC history to make 70+ triples. He ranks 10th this season among NCAA freshmen.