“We’ll just have to adjust on the fly and see what happens. But we have no prep time.” see this pageThe Shockers (5-0) advanced to Round 2 with a dominant 82-47 win over an outclassed LSU team Wednesday afternoon at Imperial Arena. Wichita State handed the Tigers their biggest loss since 1997 and their worst nonconference defeat since 1994. “The first challenge of playing against competition of that caliber, we passed, and that’s all I’ll say,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. The Shockers scored the first nine points, never trailed and held LSU to 28 percent shooting for the game. Wichita State led by 27 at halftime and had a 10-0 run early in the second half. “They did a great job of punching first,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said, “and we didn’t do a great job of responding there in the first half.” After resting their starters in the second half during a game that was played earlier in the day, Wichita State certainly has an advantage over the Cardinals. The Shockers’ pressure defense could spell trouble for a Louisville team that shot 29.7 percent from the field against Old Dominion on Wednesday night. Louisville star sophomore Donovan Mitchell said he and his teammates were hunting shots in the first half.
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“It’s a big disappointment, but we need to keep our chins up because it’s a big game on Saturday.” Harry Kane struck twice late on as Spurs came from behind to beat West Ham United 3-2 at White Hart Lane on their previous league outing. But that was Spurs’ only win in their last nine fixtures in all competitions, a run that has seen them slide to fifth in the table, four points below leaders Chelsea. Chelsea, in stark contrast, are flying, having won their last six games without conceding a goal and will be defending an unbeaten home record against Spurs stretching back 26 years. Centre-back Gary Cahill says it is important for the players not to get carried away. “We’re happy with our work, but the league isn’t won now,” he told the Chelsea website. “There’s plenty more football — it’s not even Christmas yet — so keep going, keep the foot down and keep trying to produce performances like we have been in the last few weeks.” Should Chelsea slip up, Liverpool and Manchester City — both just a point below them — will have designs on supplanting them at the summit. – Record-hunting Rooney – Liverpool, who ceded top spot after drawing 0-0 at Southampton last weekend, host a Sunderland team buoyed by back-to-back wins that have lifted them off the foot of the table. “It’s our job to show from the first second as a big group, crowd involved, that we are different — here it’s different,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference. “Sunderland, if they win football games in the Premier League: well done, deserved, whatever. But not here.” Like his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, Liverpool’s absence from European competition means Klopp has had a full week to prepare his team for their next league assignment. But City manager Pep Guardiola will have little time to drill his players ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley, which follows Wednesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach.recommended you read
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