Conference: Missouri Valley Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Wichita State Shockers do not only boast a questionable nickname for 2013, but they also had a wildly successful season. Whether it was a strong performance in their non-conference schedule or running rampant in the MVC, Wichita State surely did enough to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large.
This will be head coach Gregg Marshall’s second appearance in the big dance in as many years. The program has clearly taken off under Marshall, as they have won 25 or more games for four straight seasons.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Cleanthony Early (13.6 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Carl Hall (7.2 rpg)
Leading Passer: Malcolm Armstead (4.0 apg)
Bad Losses: Southern Illinois, Evansville (twice)
Good Wins: Iowa, Southern Miss, Creighton
The Shockers are pretty much your essential mid-major team dancing in the month of March. Cleanthony Early and Carl Hall do a lot of the heavy lifting on offense while Malcolm Armstead does an admirable job controlling the offense. One thing to keep on eye is if whether or not they can keep up being a strong rebounding squad now that they are playing bigger and better teams.
As for your brackets, buyer beware would have to be your motto while figuring out what to do with this team. The Shockers have proven to have the ability to play with some pretty decent teams, but the NCAA Tournament only has so many decent teams before the really good ones emerge.
The Wichita State Shockers are dancing!
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