With Wichita State’s 6th straight win over Illinois State, and their 12th out of 13 meetings, I became curious as to what Gregg Marshall’s record was against current Missouri Valley coaches. I knew going into this project that Gregg and Wichita State played angry and won their share of the MVC over the last two seasons, but the picture painted by the outcome shows pure domination over the competition.
Let’s get down and dirty and look at Gregg’s record against current MVC coaches.
There are many highlights to the data, but the most impressive stat was that five coaches have never beaten Wichita State and Gregg Marshall. A follow-up to that highlight is that all five coaches have a double digit margin of defeat. Let that sink in a minute. Read the sentence again, let it marinate. Not only does Gregg Marshall not lose, he crushes the competition. Marshall has beaten Bradley under Geno Ford, six games averaging a margin of victory of 26.33 points. Paul Lusk’s Missouri State, lost eight games averaging a margin of defeat of 15.25 points. Illinois State and Dan Muller have lost six games averaging a margin of defeat of 11.66. Giacoletti and Moser have the smallest sample size of the win-less, but Drake has lost three games with an average margin of defeat of 18. Loyola under Moser have just one season in the MVC under their belts, but the Ramblers lost twice by a margin of 13 points. Barry Hinson coached at Missouri State during Gregg’s first year at WSU, and now coaches at Southern Illinois in his 3rd season. Interestingly enough, when Gregg was in his last year at Winthrop, he beat Hinson at Missouri State that year. Gregg’s record against Hinson while at MSU was 2-1, and 3-1 against Barry at SIU.
When looking at the long-term coaches in the Valley, the domination continues with Indiana State and Greg Lansing losing 9 out of 11 to WSU. From here, the decimation of the competition slows up a bit. Under Marty Simmons, Evansville has posted a 5-10 record against Wichita State. The Purple Aces have won a game per season in 2008, 2009 & 2010. They didn’t win again until beating the Shockers twice in 2013. In those two wins, Evansville won by a margin of just four points on Jan 13th, 2013 and by three on February 27th, 2013.
If the rule of thumb with Gregg Marshall and MVC competition is domination, then Ben Jacobsen and UNI are the exception to that rule. Jacobsen has posted a 7-8 record against Gregg Marshall’s Shockers and beat the Shockers by 24, Gregg’s largest margin of defeat against current MVC competition. (To note, Hinson beat Marshall in his WSU debut against MSU by 24.) That 54-78 loss came back in 2009 on the road in Cedar Falls. Once you look at the record between Jacobsen and Marshall, it’s apparent that there are two halves to the record. The first half from 2008-2010 where Marshall was 2-5 against Jacobsen, and the 2nd half from 2011-2014 where Marshall is 6-2. It would appear that these two programs have not experienced success together at the same time during Marshall’s tenure at Wichita State. UNI’s NCAA run came during the first half of Marshall’s career at WSU, and WSU’s success has come in the 2nd half of Gregg’s career in the Valley.
Something exciting is brewing with the only rivalry in the MVC at the moment. In 2015, both programs are at similar positions. Both have been ranked in the Top 25, and are the two favorites to win the MVC. With Wichita State going into Cedar Falls on January 31st, Ben Jacobsen has the opportunity to achieve what no other Valley coach has against Marshall. A .500 career record.