Small Conference Game of the Day – January 29

Once again, Grambling suffered a double digit loss and moved one step closer to being the worst college basketball team of all time.  Their next game is at conference leader Southern on Saturday, after which they should fall to 0-19.

For tonight’s SCGD, we turn to a conference that may not quite qualify as a small conference, but as it is one of the more intriguing games on the calendar this evening, we will focus on it anyhow.  the game is out of the Missouri Valley Conference, where Indiana State is going on the road to take on Wichita State (8:00PM Eastern, espn3).  Wichita is currently in sole possession of first place in the league at 8-1, has a Top 25 ranking, an RPI of 18, and has non-conference wins over VCU, Iowa and Southern Miss.  Indiana State is 6-3 in the MVC and 13-7 overall, but has a solid RPI of 50, a KenPom Rating of 84, and has a pair of neutral court wins over Ole Miss and Miami at the Diamond Head Classic.  Their losses have not been awful either, including the likes of New Mexico, San Diego State, UCLA and Creighton (though losing to Southern Illinois and Morehead State did hurt).

Indiana State is looking for their first win at Wichita since 2004.  The Sycamores are led by Jake Odum, who is 45 points away from 1000 on his career, and Manny Arop.  Wichita, on the other hand, is led by Carl Hall, who had a double-double in their win over Creighton, and keep an eye on Cleanthony Early who had 39 points against Southern Illinois.

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