2013 NCAA Tournament: Wichita State Does Not Play Like a "Smaller-School"

By Joseph Nardone
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When discussing mid-major basketball, a few characteristics come to mind. Generally, we think of mid-major basketball teams of being fundamentally sound. A group of kids who rely heavily on 3-pointers, veterans and teamwork rather than stars. While some of that applies to the Wichita State Shockers, they actually play a brand of hoops more fitting a power-conference.

Gregg Marshall may not have elite level superstars on his team, but he does have a few very, very good ones — even bordering on awesome.

Carl Hall is one such stud. Hindsight being 20/20, I bet every major program in the nation would like to go back in time and make a stronger run at the senior. Hall averages 12 points and seven boards for the year, but that doesn’t show how much of an impact he has actually had on the team — especially in the NCAA Tournament.

Then there is their now-infamous style of physical play. The best comparison I can think of is to one that the Big East Conference has been known for. Ruthless, aggressive, defensive and downright bullish — the Shockers will not be outmatched as far as brute strength goes by any team in the entire nation.

Sure, Wichita State does have a slew of mid-major qualities  They play in a non-power league, have a ton of elder statesmen and are rather unknown. When you watch them play, however, the only things that lets you know they are not from a big-time league are the jerseys on their bodies.

Other than that, we would never know the difference.


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

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