(9-seed) Wichita State Shockers (30-8)
(1-seed) No. 2/2 Louisville (32-5)
at Final Four
5:09 p.m. Central | Sat., April 6, 2013
Georgia Dome (74,400) | Atlanta, Ga.
Wichita Radio: KNSS 1330 - Mike Kennedy/Bob Hull/Dave Dahl
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Quickly... Ninth-seeded Wichita State (30-8) plays 1-seed and No. 2/2 Louisville (32-5) in the first semifinal game and the Shockers’ second-ever Final Four berth. (More notes in downloadable .pdf)
-Wichita State defeated No. 2-seed Ohio State, 70-66 in Los Angeles, Calif., for the team’s 30th win, a school record. Malcolm Armstead led four double-figure scorers with 14 points. Armstead and Cleanthony Early had seven boards while Carl Hall had six blocked shots.
-Malcolm Armstead averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.75 assists and 2.0 steals in the four NCAA Tournament games to be named the West Regional Most Outstanding Player. Carl Hall was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
-Wichita State won its 29th game this season against La Salle to advance to its fourth Elite Eight appearance. WSU also played in the Regional title game in 1964, 1965, 1981 and now in 2013. WSU only advanced once to the Final Four, and that was during the 1965 season. Former Final Four Shocker player Manny Zafiros was in attendance against La Salle (see 1964 Final Four box scores on page 7 in the history section of the WSU Fact Book.)
-The 30 current wins is one more than the 2010-11 team that won 29 games and the NIT Postseason Championship with a 5-0 record.
-Wichita State’s four-year run of 25, 29, 27 and now 30 wins is the best in school history.
-Wichita State won, 72-58, against 13th- seeded La Salle, in the regional semifinal in Los Angeles. Malcolm Armstead led WSU with 18 points and Ehimen Orukpe had nine rebounds.
-Armstead leads WSU scoring in the NCAA Tournament with 15.5 a game after averaging 9.8 through the regular-season.
-WSU 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 last advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2006 with wins against Seton Hall and Tennessee and 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 more than one NCAA game.
-Coach Marshall has never played Louisville as a head coach.
-Wichita State and Louisville have met 24 times in history as the Cardinals were a member of the Missouri Valley Conference from 1964-65 to 1974-75. The last meeting was a 85-76 loss in Louisville, Ky., in 1974-75.
-As with Ohio State, a win against Louisville in Charles Koch Arena is listed as one of the top Shocker games in history. No. 2 Louisville fell to the Shockers, 84-78 on Feb. 25, 1967, as five Shockers scored in double-figures.
-The Shockers are making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, carrying an 12-10 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 5-8 record overall in the tournament. He entered the 2013 tournament with a 1-8 NCAA record.
-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-five each season.
-WSU has nine players who average between 4.3 and 13.7 points a game, and has 11 players who average more than 11.1 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 was 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 111 wins in four years, 12 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.
-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.
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 by a vote of the beatwriters.
WSU was also chosen the Army National Guard All-Defensive Team for the third-straight season.
Head coach Gregg Marshall was named MVC Coach-of-the-Year for the second-straight season.
Hall and Armstead also earned MVC All-Tournament Honors.
Armstead and Hall were also named the NABC second-team all-region.
Armstead added to his honors with a West Regional Most Outstanding Player Award, while Hall was named to the All-Tournament team.
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-Tim Tebow stopped while his jet was refueling on the tarmac in Wichita to come on the team bus and give a speech when the team returned from Salt Lake City. (photo available)
-Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars head coach), also refueling, came on the team plane in Wichita to give a pep talk before the team headed to Los Angeles. (photo available)
-Alum Antoine Carr was in Wichita for the Homecoming game (2-9-13) and gave a speech to the team about “playing angry,” which the team has used throughout the remainder of the season. (photo available)
-Other legends at the Homecoming game (2-9-13) included: Xavier McDaniel, Dave Stallworth, and Cleo Littleton .
-Kirstie Alley (Wichita, Kan., native) made an appearance to a men’s basketball game in 2013, and also visited the locker room for the post-game speech.
-CBS analyst Len Elmore’s brother, Robert Elmore, is an alum of Wichita State and played basketball from 1974-77.
-Wichita State’s last Final Four was in 1965, led by head coach Gary Thompson. The 1964-65 Shockers were MVC Champions, Midwest Regional Champions and finished the season with a 21-9 record (11-3 in MVC). Wichita State lost to UCLA in the National Semi-finals 108-89.
-Shocker alum Dave Leach had this to say about the 2013 Final Four team coached by Gregg Marshall: “He’s done a great job with those kids all year. It’s just wonderful they’re getting to go to the Final Four. It’s a special feeling. It’ll be nice to have another team to reunion with.”
-Wichita State made the Elite Eight in 1981, coached by head coach Gene Smithson. The 1980-81 Shockers were MVC Champions and finished with a 26-7 record overall and a 12-4 MVC record.
-The Wichita State women’s basketball team also made the 2013 NCAA Tournament. This marked the first year in school history that the Shockers made the tournament and the first year it won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, and regular season title after 30 years as a member of the conference. Wichita State (24-10, 15-3 MVC) faced the 3-seed Texas A&M Aggies (24-9, 11-5 SEC).
-The Wichita State band adopted a song that has caught on with the Shocker fans. The lyrics start as follows:
“You don’t want to go to war, with the Shockers. Don’t start no stuff, won’t be no stuff.”
-2012 Seniors Garrett Stutz and Toure Murry are playing in the NBA’s D-League. Stutz is in Maine and Murry is playing in Texas.
-2012 Senior David Kyles competed in the 2012 Dunk Contest.
-Wichita State Division I athletics owns one team National Championship in Baseball, which it won in 1989 against Texas in the title game.
-Wichita State play-by-play man Mike Kennedy called his 1,000th-straight game on Sun., Dec. 4, 2011 and now has 1,064-straight games. His first game in the stretch was Nov. 19, 1980, an exhibition game between WSU and a North Korean National Team.
Overall Postseason History... WSU is 21-22 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, WSU’s last NCAA Tournament appearance, 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 12-10 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 1965 and 2013 Final Four appearances, 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 30 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 333-152 career record and 139-69 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 111 career wins against Ohio State. He now has 12 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 30-8 record, head coach Gregg Marshall is 111-33 in his last 144 games for a 76 percent winning percentage.
Marshall in Third...Gregg Marshall carries a 139-69 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 56 blocks in the 36 games he’s played, which ranks tied for fifth with Robert Elmore’s 56 in 1974-75. He also ranks eighth with 94 on the WSU career block chart.
Chair of the Boards...Since 2010-11, the last two-plus seasons, Wichita State is 79-16 when out-rebounding opponents and 5-6 when getting out-rebounded.
Since Gregg Marshall arrived at WSU, the Shockers have out-rebounded 166-of-208 opponents, including 34 of 38 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-8.0 margin ranked seventh in the NCAA headed into Atlanta. 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 - 28-6 when out-rebounding, 1-2 when getting out-rebounded.
vs. No. 1... After the win against Gonazaga, 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)