What the heck, let's start a little early here at Redbird Arena. It figures to be the largest crowd of season tonight as Valley leading Wichita State plays the MVC's hottest team in Illinois State. This game really huge for Redbirds in their quest to stay out of Thursday play in round at MVC tourney. ISU still has tough road games at Evansville (Wednesday) and UNI (March 2) plus home game vs. Missouri State (Feb. 27). I think 9-9 will be good enough for Redbirds to finish among top six seeds. That means two wins in last four league. They might sweep all four, who knows? But tonight would be huge to keep old Mo (momentum) going. OK, shoot your questions this way.
Biggest crowd of season was 8923 vs. Southern Illinois on Feb. 2. That was a Saturday afternoon. This should be larger with kids in town off school Monday (President's Day), plus there's nothing really on TV to watch. Who cares about NBA All-Star Game? Illini vs. Northwestern? Please.
Game tonight on ESPNU. That means Channel 511 on Comcast expanded package; Ch 208 DirecTV; Ch 141 Dish; Ch 605 AT&T U-Verse.
It's hard to say. Against a more physical team like Wichita State or in season finale against UNI, I could see that happening. I really expect Ekey to play more of the wing with Nick Z out. If that happens, then Tree might get a couple minutes upfront spelling Jackie or Wilkins.
You've got to like John Wilkins. That guy always has a smile on his face. He might be the most good-natured college athlete I've dealt with in 32 years.
David Hall, Paul Janssen and, are you ready for this, Gerry Pollard. Be careful, fans. One bad word and you might get the heave-ho
I don't think Pollard has been at Redbird Arena since last season when he tossed Jankovich and then a fan. That put some spice in an otherwise boring nonconference game. Got to think he wouldn't do the same thing in a big TV game tonight. Maybe not.
I just heard him getting up in a lather already about Jackie. He is great ambassador for league. Hopefully, everyone is here at game and not on chat. We will do again from Evansville at 6:30 Wed. There will be no TV that night. Enjoy game. Should be a good one!