DES MOINES, Iowa -- Wichita State soared past yet another overwhelmed Missouri Valley Conference opponent on Saturday night. [ur

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Wichita State soared past yet another overwhelmed Missouri Valley Conference opponent on Saturday night. Eric Lindros Flyers Jersey . Now the Shockers could be in line for another leap in the national polls. Cleanthony Early scored 19 points, Ron Baker added 14 and fifth-ranked Wichita State stayed perfect with a 78-61 win over Drake. Wichita States latest win -- combined with an ugly home loss by No. 4 Villanova to Creighton during the week and No. 3 Michigan States home defeat against No. 21 Michigan on Saturday -- could put the Shockers (21-0, 8-0 MVC) in position to leapfrog both teams on Monday. Coach Gregg Marshall appeared to be stumping for his team with what seemed to be a bit of a jab at Michigan State (18-2) after the game. "Did the mighty Spartans lose again?" Marshall said as he left the podium following his postgame news conference. The Shockers will have to wait until March for Michigan State or whoever else might stand in their way at another Final Four appearance. For now, theyll have to settle for pounding on teams in the Valley. Drake was the latest to succumb to Wichita States acrobatic offence and suffocating defence. Nick Wiggins had 11 points for the visiting Shockers, who outscored Drake 28-15 to open the second half and turn a relatively close game into a rout. The Shockers have now won four straight by at least 15 points after an overtime scare at Missouri State two weeks ago. Aaron Hawley had 16 points to lead Drake (11-9, 2-6), which lost for the sixth time in seven games. "That team is extremely tough-minded," Drake coach Ray Giacoletti said. "Each possession offensively and defensively, they control their destiny. They dont splinter ever. We were not able to make them splinter." The Bulldogs had their moments against the Valleys top team, but Wichita State showed off its superior talent with a handful of game-defining plays. Baker answered a Drake 3 with a three-point play through traffic with 15:45 left, and that kicked off a pair of spurts that overwhelmed the Bulldogs. Chadrack Lufile scored inside, and Tekele Cottons floater put the Shockers ahead 52-35 with just over 13 minutes left. Early then soared through the paint to flush down an errant shot, and Wiggins three-point play capped an 11-0 run that made it 65-44. The Shockers outrebounded Drake 34-20 and held its leading scorer, Richard Carter, to six points. Its been six years since Drake caught the nations attention with a stunning surge to the Valley championship, the programs first in 37 seasons. The Bulldogs are on their third coach since that NCAA tournament run, with Giacoletti in his first season in Des Moines. Drake started the season 10-3 and whipped Evansville 94-66 in the league opener before slipping during the heart of its Valley schedule. But the Bulldogs, bolstered by a near-sellout crowd, did their best to push the Shockers early. They hit nine of their first 16 shots to stay as close as 30-26. But Baker found Cotton for a one-handed alley-oop that sent Wichita State into the break with a 37-29 lead. "I know Tekele Cotton pretty well. He can jump really high and he likes to dunk it," Baker said. "It was a really athletic play from him, which is no surprise." Cotton then opened the second half with another dunk and the Shockers were on their way to their eighth road win. The Shockers wont face a remaining schedule as tough as Michigan States or perhaps anyone else in a power league. But Marshall said his Shockers can play with anyone in the country. Wichita State next hosts Loyola and Evansville ahead of what could be its toughest test of the year, at 16-4 Indiana State on Feb. 5. "This is a very good basketball team. We dont have to apologize to anybody about our schedule," Marshall said. "Was it (former Arizona Cardinals coach) Dennis Green that says, We are what they say we are? So, were (fifth) in the country and probably moving up -- that is unless theres some elite team wants to jump us this week. I dont know who that elite team might be." Dave Schultz Flyers Jersey Authentic . on the 15-day disabled Monday list because of a strained right hamstring. Shayne Gostisbehere Flyers Jersey . The three goals bring Messis career tally for Barcelona to 371 in all games -- including friendlies -- breaking the club record of 369 held by Paulino Alcantara since 1927. The 26-year-old Messi was already the clubs all-time leading scorer in official games. Messi assured Barcelonas fans they will enjoy his goals for years to come, saying "as long as people want me, I will stay here. http://www.hockeyflyersauthentic.com/michael-raffl-jersey/ . 1. CAVALIERS: At 19-20, theyre a mess. Watched the game Tuesday night vs. Phoenix and their defence was poor (107 points and 52 per cent for Suns). Where is the high level play from Kyrie Irving and LeBron James (13 turnovers!)? Kevin Love looks like a man thats wondering what he got himself into.FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Matt Ryan cringed on Wednesday when remembering his most recent games against Arizonas defence.In seven seasons as the Atlanta quarterback, Ryans only games with more than three interceptions were his last two against the Cardinals.I appreciate you bringing it up, he said with a slight smile.Well, its difficult to avoid.Ryan threw a combined nine interceptions with only one touchdown as the Falcons somehow split the games with Arizona the last two years.Atlanta beat Arizona in 2012 despite Ryans career-high five interceptions. The Cardinals beat the Falcons last year as Ryan threw four picks.Ryan said he must learn from those tough games as Arizona visits Atlanta on Sunday in an unlikely pairing of first-place teams.I think probably the biggest thing is you have to be patient, Ryan said. You have to understand theyre going to make some plays, theyre going to get you off-schedule at certain times, but youve got to take whats there and Ive got to do a better job than Ive done the previous two times against them.Arizona will bring one of the NFLs top cornerback tandems to Atlanta in Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie. The two have combined for five interceptions.Peterson said Wednesday the key Sunday will be to keep pressure on Ryan so the defensive backs can make more big plays.As a defence we just want to continue to make sure we have hands in his face at all times, Peterson said in a telephone interview with Atlanta reporters. No quarterback, I dont care how good you are, loves hands in their face or love to be hit. If we make that pocket as uncomfortable as possible, we can have another successful day on defence.The Falcons (4-7) lead the woeful NFC South. Arizona (9-2) leads the NFC West and has the conferences best record, despite llast weeks loss to Seattle. Philadelphia Flyers Shop. Atlanta has a tiebreaker advantage with New Orleans in the NFC South but could have held first alone with a better ending to last weeks 26-24 loss to Cleveland. Coach Mike Smith on Monday took the blame for poor clock management on Atlantas final possession, which ended with an incomplete sideline pass from Ryan for Devin Hester on a third-and-2 play.The loss was ugly but Ryan insists he still likes his team.I think its a tight-knit group, he said. I think you learn a lot about people and what theyre all about when you go through some tough times. I think our guys have continued to battle, have continued to prepare the way you need to work each week. That only gives you a chance. It doesnt guarantee anything on Sunday, but if you dont do it, it guarantees you wont play well.I think our guys have bought into the idea that preparation is key and we need to continue to do that moving forward. When we have the chance on the field to make plays, weve got to make plays.Ryan has 19 touchdown passes with nine interceptions this season. He completed 27 of 43 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against the Browns.NOTES: WR Roddy White (ankle), DT Paul Soliai (personal business), CB Robert Alford (wrist) and WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not practice. Smith said Soliai also will miss Thursdays practice. ... Smith said he expects to make a decision Friday on S William Moore (shoulder), who is eligible to return from short-term IR this week. Smith wants to see how Moores shoulder responds to Wednesdays session. ... 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