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Monday / October 21.
  • By: MIKE McCURRY

    Playing without one of their stars, Wichita State likely cannot be properly assessed until after Markis McDuffie returns from injury.

    That being said, the Shockers as currently constructed have as good an argument as anyone—outside of maybe Duke—to lay claim to being the country’s most complete team.

    The latest evidence supporting that notion came on Tuesday, as No. 6 Wichita State staved off Marquette, 80-66, in the first semifinal of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

    The Shockers advance to meet No. 13 Notre Dame in Wednesday’s championship game. The Irish drubbed LSU, 92-53.

    According to Wikipedia, former NBA big man Manute Bol was born on Oct. 16, 1962 and was 47 when he passed in 2010.

    But Kevin Mackey, the former Cleveland State coach who brought the 7-foot-7 Bol to the United States from the Sudan in the mid-1980s, tells a different story.

    “I gave him his birthday because they didn’t know how old he was,” Mackey, now a scout with the Indiana Pacers, told ZAGSBLOG.

    Bol’s son, 7-foot-2 Bol Bol, signed a National Letter of Intent with Oregon on Monday, giving the Ducks the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports.com. According to Wikipedia, Bol Bol was born Nov. 16, 1999 in the Sudan, when his father was supposedly 37.