MBB: Shockers Face Sweet 16 La Salle Tonight
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Release:03/28/2013
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(9-seed) Wichita State Shockers (28-8)
vs. (13-seed) La Salle (24-9)
at NCAA West Regional

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7:17 p.m. Pacific | Thurs., March 28, 2013
Staples Center (19,282) | Los Angeles, Calif.


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Quickly... Ninth-seeded Wichita State (28-8) plays 13-seed La Salle (24-9) in the West Regional Semifinal.

-It is the first meeting on the hardwood between the two teams.
-WSU is coming off an upset of No. 1 Gonzaga, 76-70, in the NCAA Third Round. Ron Baker and Cleanthony led the Shockers in scoring with 16 each to lead WSU, while the three-time Defensive Team of the Year in the Missouri Valley Conference held the Bulldogs to 35.6 percent shooting.
-The Shockers also defeated eighth-seeded and No. 20/22 Pittsburgh, 73-55, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
-WSU defeated the Panthers on the back of 20-plus point performances by Malcolm Armstead (22) and Cleanthony Early (21), and on the defensive effort of Tekele Cotton, who helped hold Tray Woodall to two points, nine less than his average.
-WSU has won its first and second game of the NCAA Tournament four times now, and last advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2006 with wins against Seton Hall and Tennessee.
-WSU last advanced to the Elite Eight in 1981 with wins against Southern and Iowa in Wichita before defeating Kansas, 66-65, on the back of Mike Jones’ shot with five seconds remaining in the Superdome.
-Gregg Marshall has now won his first game of the NCAA tournament for the second time, the last in 2007 when his Winthrop team defeated sixth-seeded Notre Dame before losing to third-seeded Oregon. It is his first time to win two games.
-Coach Marshall has not met LaSalle as a head coach.
-The Shockers are making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, carrying an 10-10 overall NCAA Tournament record.
-This marks head coach Gregg Marshall’s ninth career NCAA Tournament appearance. Marshall led Winthrop to seven NCAA Tournament berths in his nine seasons with the program and has a 3-8 record overall in the tournament.
-Winning despite the adversity of injuries off and on throughout the season as the Shockers have utilized their balance and depth has been the major story line in 2012-13.
-In addition, WSU returned only 22.7-of-77.1 points and 42-of-165 starts a game from a year ago with seniors Carl Hall and Demetric Williams, as well as Tekele Cotton, Jake White, Evan Wessel and Ehimen Orukpe. WSU has graduated 10 seniors the past two seasons.
-WSU has nine players who average between 4.0 and 13.9 points a game, and has 11 players who average more than 11.6 minutes a game.
-WSU is still without one of its injured starters, Evan Wessel (hand). Carl Hall (thumb), was cleared to practice Monday, Jan. 14. Hall missed seven games, while Baker had missed 21 games before his return March 8. Wessel had missed eight games before surgery was decided upon on Jan. 8. Starter Ehimen Orukpe also missed three games earlier this season with an ankle sprain.
-Wichita State is receiving votes good enough for 35th in the March 18th AP poll, while the Shockers were not receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches poll.
-Wichita State’s Demetric Williams is the winningest Shocker in school history with 109 wins in four years, 11 more than the 2011-12 seniors.
-Gregg Marshall was voted the Missouri Valley Conference Coach-of-the-Year for the second-straight year, the first time in school history a coach won back-to-back honors.
-Wichita State’s four-year run of 25, 29, 27 and now 28 wins is the best in school history.
-The 28 current wins ranks second behind the 2010-11 team that won 29 games and the NIT Postseason Championship with a 5-0 record.
-Indiana State is the only team to out-rebound WSU twice this season. Creighton did it once, as only the second team this season to do so. It wasn’t until the 22nd game of the season that a team out-boarded WSU.


 2012-13 MVC/NABC All-Region Honors

Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early earned All-Valley First Team Valley postseason honors, which marked the fourth-straight season a Shocker was named First Team. WSU also had a first-teamer 13-straight seasons from 1961-72. Early was also named to the All-Newcomer Team, the first Shocker since Robert Elmore (1975) to be named to both.

Carl Hall was named to the Second Team, while Malcolm Armstead was honorable mention and All-Newcomer Team selections. Transfer Nick Wiggins was the All-Bench Team bya vote of the beatwriters. WSU was also chosen the Army National Guard All-Defensive Team for the third-straight season.

Head coach Gregg Marsahll was named MVC Coach-of-the-Year for the second-straight season. Hall and Armstead also earned MVC All-Tournament Honors.

Hall and Armstead were also named the NABC All-Region Team this week.


vs. No. 1... Wichita State is now 2-6 against No. 1 ranked teams in history. The breakdown is listed below. Cincinnati is a former member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

1959-60
No. 1 Cincinnati
L, 79-69 (Regular Season, Jan. 7)

@ No. 1 Cincinnati
L, 97-76 (Regular Season, Feb. 27)

1960-61
No. 1 Ohio State (WSU No. 16)
L, 93-82 (Regular Season, Dec. 17)

1961-62
@ No. 1 Ohio State
L, 85-62 (Regular Season, Dec. 8)

1962-63
@ No. 1 Cincinnati (WSU No. 8)
L, 63-50 (Regular Season, Jan. 5)

No. 1 Cincinnati
W, 65-64 (Regular Season, Feb. 16)

1967-68
@ No. 1 UCLA
L, 120-86 (Regular Season, Dec. 8)

2012-13
vs. No. 1 Gonzaga
W, 76-70 (NCAA Tournament/Salt Lake City, March 23)


Top of the Tourney

Wichita State’s best NCAA Tournament wins 
(Wichita Eagle, March 25, 2013)

1. WSU 54, Oklahoma State 46, 1965: Win put the Shockers into the Final Four. With no starter taller than 6-foot-5, WSU beat Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba.
2. WSU 76, Gonzaga 70, 2013: The Shockers advanced to the Sweet 16 with their first win over a No. 1 seed and their first win over a No. 1-ranked team since 1963.
3. WSU 66, Kansas 65, 1981: A win over the Jayhawks put the Shockers into the Elite Eight and made Mike Jones a legend for his two long-range baskets.
4. WSU 60, Iowa 56, 1981: A second-half comeback electrified Levitt Arena and launched the Shockers into their matchup with Kansas in New Orleans.
5. WSU 80, Tennessee 73, 2006: WSU returned to the national spotlight by dismantling the second-seeded Volunteers and earning a spot in the Sweet 16.


Overall Postseason History... WSU is 19-22 in history in games that have come after the regular-season and MVC Tournament at the NCAA, NIT and CBI Tournaments. 

In 2013, WSU is making its third set of back-to-back NCAA appearances, the last which was 1987 and 1988, 25 years ago.
In 2012, AP No. 18 and fifth-seeded Wichita State lost to 12th-seeded VCU, 62-59, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to 2012, WSU played in the 2011 NIT, going 5-0 to win the NIT Postseason title for the first time in history. WSU also played in the 2010 NIT in Wichita, losing to Nevada, 74-70.
WSU is 10-10 in NCAA games, 8-11 in NIT games and 1-1 in the two games the Shockers played in the CBI in 2009 with a win against Buffalo, 84-73, and a loss to Stanford, 70-56, in games in Wichita.
WSU appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1964, and returned in 1965 to advance to the Final Four in the first-of-two back-to-back appearances. WSU also went to the Big Dance in back-to-back years in 1987 and 1988 under Eddie Fogler.
WSU appeared three-straight times in the NIT from 2003-05 before advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006 under former coach Mark Turgeon.
In 2006, the Shockers advanced to the Sweet 16 with wins against Seton Hall and Tennessee at Greensboro, before losing to George Mason in Washington D.C. Tennessee had defeated Gregg Marshall’s Winthrop team to advance.
The Shockers’ 2005 NIT appearance had WSU with home wins against Houston, 85-69, and Western Kentucky, 84-81, before a game at Vanderbilt ended with a last-second bucket to eliminate the Shocks.
Overall, WSU has now played in the postseason 22 times, with a 1965 Final Four appearance, and five NIT Madison Square Garden trips: 1954, 1962, 1963, 1966 and 2011.

Four and 20... With the win against Missouri State Feb. 9, WSU has now won 20 games or more the last four seasons, which is the best stretch of 20-win games in school history. The last four seasons, WSU has won 25, 29, 27 and now 28 games, respectively.

On Gregg Marshall... Head Coach Gregg Marshall is in his sixth season at WSU and his 15th season overall in 2012-13 with a 331-152 career record and 137-69 record at WSU.
The Shockers have put together the best four-year winning stretch in WSU history, and en route Marshall has earned back-to-back MVC Coach of the Year honors as the first Shocker coach to do so. He has also taken Wichita State to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for only the third time in history.
Wichita State went 27-6 in 2011-12 to complete the bookend to the best two-year record (56-14) in Wichita State history in Gregg Marshall’s fourth and fifth seasons.
En route, the Shockers won the 2012 MVC title, which earned Marshall the Valley Coach of the Year honor, his first at WSU. With the conference title in the bag, WSU then earned an at-large ticket to the NCAA Tournament, dropping a second round game in Portland to VCU.
Under Marshall’s tutelage, WSU has also been voted the MVC Army National Guard All-Defensive Team for three-straight seasons, including 2013.
Marshall personally reached the 300-win career mark and 100-win WSU mark in 2011-12. His 2011-12 team also won the Valley regular season for the first time since 2006 with a 16-2 record. Marshall’s 300th career win came in 2012 with a win Feb. 18 in the Bracketbuster game at Davidson. Marshall also coached the first Shocker Top 25 team since 2006-07 when WSU entered the list at No. 24 on Feb. 13, 2012. The Shockers rose to No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25, and entered the NCAA Tournament 18th and 19th, respectively, in the polls. For his effort, Marshall was named 2012 Division I All-District 16 Coach-of-the-Year and the 2012 MVC Coach-of-the-Year. With WSU’s Top 25 rankings in 2011-12 and 2012-13, Marshall coached the Shockers to the top 25 in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons.

Williams Winning... Demetric Williams became the winningest WSU player in history when the Shockers defeated Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., and reached 109 career wins against Pitt and Gonzaga. He now has 11 more than the 2011-12 four-year seniors (Garrett Stutz, Toure Murry, David Kyles), who had 98 wins.

Winning Percentage Climbing... Wichita State endured a six-game losing streak during the 2008-09 season, but finished 11-6 down the stretch. Overall since that streak, including this season’s 28-8 record, head coach Gregg Marshall is 109-33 in his last 142 games for a 80 percent winning percentage.

Marshall in Third...Gregg Marshall carries a 137-69 WSU record, this season moving past Mark Turgeon’s 128 wins on the all-time wins list at WSU this season. Ralph Miller (1951-64) and Gene Smithson (1978-86) rank in front of Marshall with 220 and 155 wins, respectively.

Altering Shots... Senior Ehimen Orukpe has 55 blocks in the 33 games he’s played, which ranks sixth in a tie with Terry Benton’s 55 in 1970-71. He also ranks eighth with 93 on the career block chart.

Chair of the Boards...Since 2010-11, the last two-plus seasons, Wichita State is 78-16 when out-rebounding opponents and 5-6 when getting out-rebounded.
Since Gregg Marshall arrived at WSU, the Shockers have out-rebounded 164-of-205 opponents, including 31 of 36 this season. Indiana State is the only to out-board WSU twice, and only did so by one and by six. Creighton out-boarded WSU by three in Omaha, while the other two opponents were ties. WSU’s plus-7.9 margin ranked seventh in the NCAA headed into Los Angeles. Here is the breakdown the last three years:
2010-11 - 27-6 when out-rebounding, 2-2 when getting out-rebounded.
2011-12 - 25-4 when out-rebounding, 2-2 when getting out-rebounded.
2012-13 - 26-6 when out-rebounding, 1-2 when getting out-rebounded.

Shocks Reach 94... WSU broke the 80-point barrier four times this season with 94 against Detroit, 86 against Tulsa, 80 against Northern Colorado and 82 against SIU. Gregg Marshall is 86-4 in his career at WSU and Winthrop when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 32-1 record in the last five-plus seasons at WSU. He is also 17-0 when his teams have scored 90-plus points in his 15-plus seasons as a head coach.

National Stat Rankings... WSU as a team and individually ranks in or near the Top 150 in several categories:

Category Rank % or avg.
W-L % 24 77.8
Points 35 2,510
Scoring Offense 113 69.7
Scoring Defense 42 60.8
Scoring Margin 39 8.9
FG % 113 44.3
FG % Defense 45 39.7
3PT FG/GM 117 6.7
3pt FG Defense 184 33.7
Rebound Margin 7 7.9
Assists/Game 110 13.8
Ast/TO Ratio 97 1.08
Blocks/Game 64 4.4
Steals/Game 80 7.6

Ehimen Orukpe
Blks/Game 93 1.67

Malcolm Armstead
Steals/Game 62 1.92
Assists/Game 142 4.0
Assists/TO Ratio 133 1.77

Cleanthony Early
FT % 166 79.4

Carl Hall (as of Jan. 2 before injury)
FG % 32 57.3
Reb/Game 125 7.6
Blks/Game 70 1.9
Dbl-Dbls 43 4.0

Depth Chart... With the return of Carl Hall Jan. 16, WSU played 10 players. The Shockers played only eight players against Southern Miss, which is the least this season, as Jake White was scratched at game time. WSU was also missing Even Wessel (hand), Ron Baker (foot) and Carl Hall (hand). Ehimen Orukpe returned to the starting lineup against Southern Miss after missing time with an ankle injury. Hall returned to the starting lineup Feb. 5 at SIU and Baker returned March 8 in the first game of the MVC Tournament.

Carl Seeing New Highs, too… Carl Hall is sporting a prescription sport goggle that had him shooting a career-high 72.2 percent (39-54) from the line prior to his injury after shooting 64.6 percent (62-108) as a junior. Since his return he has made only 65-of-101 (.654).

Three Losses Was a Rarity... WSU’s three-game losing streak was the first occasion since it last lost three in a row during the 2008-09 season when it lost six-straight in Gregg Marshall’s second season. Since then, WSU has lost only two games in a row five times, including the last two games of the regular season.

Valley Roadies... Wichita State compiled an 8-1 Valley road record each of the last two seasons, and combined with the 5-4 road record in loop play in 2012-13, WSU carries a 21-6 road Valley record the last two-plus seasons.

Fast Starts I... -Wichita State’s 9-0 start was the first time since 2006-07 when the Shockers also started 9-0 and reached a No. 8 AP ranking. WSU also started 9-0 in the 2004-05 season. The three undefeated 9-0 starts are the best in school history.

Fast Starts II... Wichita State’s 15-1 start before its second loss was the best since the 1953-54 team started 16-1 en route to a 27-4 record as the best WSU start in history before a second loss.

Home Streaking..The Shockers had won 19-straight home games before losing to Indiana State Jan. 29. Since the start of 2009-10, WSU is 103-28 at home. Here are the four best home win streaks in WSU history:

22 Games - 2-18-82 to 12-20-83
20 Games - 1-25-26 to 2-3-28
12-12-87 to 1-14-89
19 Games - 1-4-12 to 1-29-2013

Shocker Nation... Wichita State carries a 131 regular-season game streak of more than 10,000 fans in Charles Koch Arena.

Missouri Valley Conference Notes
Standings Conf. Overall
1. Creighton, 13-5, 27-7
2. Wichita State, 12-6, 26-8
3. Northern Iowa, 11-7, 18-14
4. Evansville, 10-8, 18-14
5 Indiana State, 9-9, 18-14
6. Illinois State, 8-10, 18-15
7. Bradley, 7-11, 16-16
Drake, 7-11, 15-17
Missouri State, 7-11, 11-22
10. Southern Illinois 6-12 14-17

MVC Tournament • St. Louis • Scottrade Center
Thurs., March 7 -- Opening Round (MVC TV)
G1 -- #8 Bradley vs. #9 Drake, DU, 81-66
G2 -- #7 Missouri St. vs. #10 S. Illinois, MSU, 61-53
Friday, March 8 -- Quarterfinals (MVC TV)
G3 -- #1 Creighton vs. Drake, CU, 65-53
G4 -- #4 Evansville vs. #5 Indiana St., INDST, 51-50
Friday, March 8 -- Quarterfinals (MVC TV)
G5 -- #2 Wichita St. vs. Missouri State, WSU 69-59
G6 -- #3 UNI vs. #6 Illinois State, ILLST, 73-65
Saturday, March 9 -- Semifinals (MVC TV)
G7 -- Creighton vs. Indiana State, CU, 64, 43
G8 -- Wichita State vs. Illinois State, WSU, 66, 51
Sunday, March 10 -- Championship (CBS Sports)
G9 -- Creighton vs. Wichita State, CU, 68-65

MVC Tournament Review... Wichita State is coming off a 68-65 loss to No. 22 Creighton in the final of the MVC Tournament where Malcolm Armstead’s shot at tying missed it mark as time expired.
-Prior to that, WSU won, 66-51, against Illinois State in the semifinal Saturday. WSU was led in scoring by Carl Hall (16) for the second-straight game. Nine of the 10 Shockers who played, scored.
-WSU won, 69-59, against Missouri State in the quarterfinal Friday night. Carl Hall had his sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 boards. All 10 Shockers who played scored, and all but one had a rebound.
-Redshirt freshman Ron Baker saw his first game action against Missouri State after missing 21 games with a foot injury, and had 15 points, two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes. The 15 was his second double-figure scoring game of the season, while his career-high was 18 in the season-opener. He had been easing his way back into practice and was cleared Wednesday, March 6.
-Baker backed that with seven points off the bench in 18 minutes against Illinois State.
-After battling illness Friday night after the quarterfinal game, Cleanthony Early came off the bench and had eight points, six boards and three blocks.
- In 2011-12, WSU entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed for only the second time (2006, 2012)since the tournament moved to St. Louis, and entered this year’s tournament as the No. 2 seed for the fourth time since the tournament moved to St. Louis (2005, 2010, 2010, 2013).

WSU MVC Tournament History... WSU is 27-32 in the MVC Tournament overall, and 14-22 since the tournament moved to a neutral site. In 2013, WSU made its ninth semifinal appearance since the tournament moved to St. Louis and only second final appearance. Overall, WSU has 17 semifinal appearances and five final appearances since the tournament started in 1977.
In its only other final appearance in St. Louis, Wichita State defeated Missouri State and Illinois State in 2010 to reach the final against UNI, losing 67-52, for the first time since the tournament moved to St. Louis.
Prior to that, the last time WSU won more than one game in the tournament was before the event was at a neutral site (St. Louis in 1991), which was 1987 when the Shockers won the title with two wins in Wichita and one at Tulsa. WSU also won the tournament in 1985 over Tulsa in Tulsa after defeating SIU and Indiana State in Wichita.

Poll Position... When Wichita State entered the 2012-13 AP Top 25 at No. 24 on Dec. 3, it marked the first time since the Shockers were ranked in back-to-back seasons since the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. The Shockers spent five weeks in the poll in 2011-12, finishing No. 18 in the final AP poll.

Ranking Notes... Wichita State dropped out of the Feb. 11 Top 25 polls, receiving votes in the AP poll, and completely falling out of the USA Today Coaches poll.
-Wichita State fell out of the AP Top 25 after moving up to No. 15 for the week of Jan. 28, and the USA Today Coaches Top 25 to No. 14. WSU dropped in the USA Today Coaches poll from No. 14 to No. 22.
-The Shockers have been in and out of the rankings since debuting on Dec. 3 at No. 24 in the AP Top 25.
-WSU was ranked for two-straight weeks and five weeks overall, made its way into the AP Top 25 for the third time in 2012-13 on Jan. 21 at No. 20, while the Shockers made their first appearance in the USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 21 Jan. 28, as well.
-The Shockers also spent two weeks in the AP poll (24th on Dec. 3 and 23rd on Dec. 10) and got as high as No. 26 in the USA Today Coaches poll before suffering a loss at Tennessee, Dec. 13. WSU again made an appearance at No. 23 on Jan. 7 before a second loss knocked them out of the poll.
-WSU’s Dec. 3 debut at No. 24 in the AP poll marked the first time since the final poll of 2012. The Shockers were 18th in the AP poll and 19th in the USA Today Coaches poll on March 12 heading into the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
-In addition, WSU was 15th in the AP poll and 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for its highest ranking of 2011-12. In 2011-12,WSU entered the Top 25 poll Feb. 13 at No. 24 for the first time since Dec. 26, 2006 (16th in the AP after a season high of 8th).
-WSU’s highest-ever ranking was No. 1 for two games in 1964-65.

Freshman Fred... Freshman Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 17 points and dished out a career-high nine assists against Drake in a breakout game. Slowed by an ankle injury in the preseason, his previous high was nine points against Tulsa.

Game Winner... Cleanthony Early scored five of Wichita State’s final eight points, including the game-winning trey with 4.8 seconds remaining, to give the Shockers a 68-67 win at Illinois State. For the week, he averaged 11.5 points, including 10-of-13 free throws (76.9).

Hall’s First Action Back... Carl Hall scored 17 points and added 13 rebounds in WSU’s win against No. 12 Creighton, just one game after returning to action from thumb surgery on his shooting hand. In his first game back against Illinois State, he had a team-leading 10 rebounds. For the week, he shot 47 percent from the field, while he was 8-of-15 against Creighton for 53.3 percent. His 13 rebounds tied his career high. He was named the College Sports Madness MVC Player of the Week for the second time.

Six-time MVC Newcomer of the Week...Cleanthony Early received MVC Newcomer of the Week honors Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 for the third, fourth and fifth times. He also earned the honor for two-straight weeks Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.

Early and Orukpe... Cleanthony Early’s 39 points against SIU were the most for a Wichita State player since Xavier McDaniel had 43 against Bradley on January 10, 1985, while Orukpe’s nine blocks in the same game were the most since Robert Elmore had nine in 1977. In addition, Early’s 39 were the fifth most in the NCAA this season.

Hall Against the Vols... Carl Hall scored 21 points and had nine rebounds, just one short of what would have been his fifth double-double of the season. He went 9-of-10 from the field at Tennessee to shoot 90 percent. He also had three blocks and a steal against the Volunteers.

MVC Player-of-the-Week... Carl Hall averaged 18.5 points on 68.2 percent (15-22) shooting, and added 10.5 rebounds a game to lead WSU to wins against Tulsa and Air Force and earn MVC Player-of-the-Week honors Dec. 3.

Senior Leader... Senior forward Carl Hall put together two-straight double-doubles to open the season with his 12 points and 11 rebounds against VCU, and his 17 points and 13 rebounds in Wichita State’s home-opening win. He was named WSU and the College Sports Madness MVC Player of the Week.

In-Season Tournaments... Prior to winning the 2012 Cancun Challenge, Wichita State last won an in-season tournament that it did not host during the 1963-64 season when the Shockers won the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City with a 3-0 record, defeating Montana State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma City University. Since then WSU has won in-season tournaments that it hosted, including the Cessna Classic from 1997-99. In all, WSU has won 14 in-season tournaments with 10 of them held in Wichita. Prior to the Challenge, WSU was last in the title game of an in-season tournament at the 2003 Paradise Jam.

Championship game against Iowa in Cancun... Wichita State won its first in-season tournament outside the State of Kansas since 1963 with a 75-63 defeat of Iowa in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge. The Shockers were led in scoring by tournament MVP Cleanthony Early, who had 25 points and nine boards in the championship game. Malcolm Armstead, also a member of the all-tournament team, had 14 points to back Early, while he also dished out five assists. Armstead also had 17 points in the semifinal win against DePaul.

Against DePaul in Cancun... WSU defeated DePaul, 75-62, behind 18 points from Demetric Williams in the Cancun Challenge at Moon Palace Resort to move into the title game against Iowa. WSU had Malcolm Armstead and Carl Hall score in double-figures with 17 and 11 points, respectively. WSU led the entire game.

November Heavy... WSU played a school record seven games in November.

Shocks Win at VCU...WSU defeated VCU, 53-51, on a game-winning jumper from Malcolm Armstead with 3.8 seconds remaining in the game. Senior Carl Hall recorded his second double-double in two games with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

True Non-Conference Road Record... Gregg Marshall and the Shockers are 9-7 in true road non-conference games in his tenure with the wins at VCU and at Air Force in 2012-13. The last two-plus seasons WSU is 6-2 with wins at LSU, Virginia Tech, Tulsa, Davidson, VCU and at Air Force. The losses were at San Diego State and at Tennessee.


What they said...

“Wichita State has a terrific program and a terrific team.” #ShockerNation - Jay Bilas @JayBilas on College Gameday, Jan. 26

“Shockers best story in college basketball right now. Gregg Marshall serious candidate for National Coach of the Year.” - Mark Adams ‏@EnthusiAdams, Jan. 24

“Wichita St reminds me of ‘refuse to lose’ team at UMASS under Calipari in mid 90’s. Lou Rowe = Carl Hall #relentless” - Mark Adams ‏@EnthusiAdams, Jan. 24

“Gregg Marshall has guided Wichita to more success while losing 3 starters than most teams have when they are completely healthy” - Rich Zvosec ‏@CoachZZ, Jan. 15

The environment at Wichita State looks incredible. Nobody touches the Valley when it comes to fan support.” - Seth Davis ‏@SethDavisHoops, Jan. 19

“Best raw talent in The Valley? Cleanthony Early, Wichita State” - Mark Adams ‏@EnthusiAdams, Jan. 13

“Creighton and Wichita are the best 1/2 road punch of any two same conference teams in the country!” - Mark Adams ‏@EnthusiAdams, Jan. 11

“I’m telling you: Watch. This. Team.” - Seth Davis of http://SI.COM, Jan. 10

“You know who would be my national coach of the year right now? Gregg Marshall of Wichita State.”- Seth Davis, http://SI.COM, Jan. 10

“In what should have been a rebuilding year for Wichita State, the Shockers have made their way into the MVC title conversation. Can they keep the momentum up? Andy Glockner weighs in.” –CNNSI.com, Dec 4

“You probably can’t name one player on the team, but don’t sleep on the Shockers. They’re reloaded and headed toward another NCAA berth.” –Matt Norlander, Wake Up Call article, CBS Sports.com, Dec. 5

 

 

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