2013 NCAA Tournament: Wichita State Returning to Final Four for First Time Since 1965

By Joseph Nardone

The Wichita State Shockers looked like they were trying to go home in their game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. After having a huge lead late in the second half, the Shockers did everything in their power to allow the Buckeyes to make a late run. Despite their past efforts to go home early, Wichita State has advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 1965.

Funny when you think about it. This mid-major known as the Shockers have actually been to the Final Four before this appearance. In fact, the program has had some pretty good success in the big dance. The Shockers have four Elite 8 appearances in total, albeit, most of them harking back to the days when the Internet seemed like fiction (1964, 1965, 1981, 2013).

The Shocker fanbase will need to enjoy this trip the Final Four as Gregg Marshall‘s name will likely be at the tip of every athletic director’s tongue when their tourney run ends. Marshall, however, seems very focused on the task at hand and has stated that while other mid-majors have made it this far–his goal is to win the whole shebang.

Wichita State will play the winner of the Duke Blue Devils vs the Louisville Cardinals match-up. Both of those programs are far more storied than the Shockers, although, history has very little to do with the players in the uniforms today. I mean, last I heard, Carl Hall never watched Louisville play in the 1960s.

Regardless, the Shockers have made an outstanding run and will make the Final Four even more interesting to watch.


Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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