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Wichita State’s Carl Hall to return tonight against Illinois State

Jan 16, 2013, 11:01 AM EST

Carl Hall, Yemi Makanjuola

Big news for Wichita State today: the Shockers should be getting Carl Hall back for Wednesday’s game with Illinois State.

Don’t know who Carl Hall is? Well, you should.

He’s the best low-post option for Gregg Marshall’s club, which managed to climb their way into the top 25 prior to Sunday’s road loss to Evansville despite playing without three starters due to injury.

Hall was one of those three. He broke his thumb in a practice back and has spent the last six games on the bench with a cast on his hand. Prior to the injury, he was Wichita State’s leading scorer (13.6 points) and rebounder (7.9 boards), but with the emergence of Cleanthony Early in the front court, the pressure on Hall to become a primary scorer immediately upon his return isn’t there.

They just need him to take up space in the paint. The points will come.

“Illinois State is a big, strong, athletic team and Creighton’s got (Gregory) Echenique and Doug McDermott so these are good teams with a lot of size. It’s a much needed boost for us to have Carl’s physical presence,” Marshall said. “I just think it’s going to be easier for us now with us being able to plug him in a few minutes here and there until he gets his basketball shape back where he wants it.”

The Shockers are currently a game behind Creighton in the MVC standings.

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