The Wichita State Shockers seem to live up to their nickname every time they take the floor. When the odds are stacked against them, with the game on the line, they find a way to shock their opponent and pull out a victory.
Last night was no different. Cleanthony Early drained a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds on the clock to give Wichita State the go ahead point over Illinois State.
Like a first grader who just doesn’t want to leave the playground, the Shockers kick, scream and claw their way out of tight games.
But at the Redbird Arena, in front of a charged up crowd, it was Illinois State forward Jackie Carmichael that was doing the kicking.
With 49 seconds to go, Carmichael went up for a rebound and came down with a karate style kick to the chest of Tekele Cottton. He was given a flagrant foul that sparked an 8-0 run for the Shockers in the final seconds of the game. The end result was a 68-67 victory for Wichita State.
There is a lot of debate about the call, but to me, it was the right one. There is absolutely no need for Carmichael to extend his leg while pulling down the ball. The rule was created for instances just like these.
Wichita State now holds sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley conference and could be a real contender in the NCAA tournament.
The Shockers will have a tough game against Creighton, but have the ability to win the rest of their regular season schedule. This should provide some good momentum for the month of March.
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