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Wichita State went from sweet to elite, beating La Salle 72-58 on Thursday night to reach the final eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 32 years.
Malcolm Armstead scored 18 points, Carl Hall added 16 points and freshman Ron Baker 13 for the ninth-seeded Shockers, who proved their upset of No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the third round was no fluke. They never trailed in this matchup of small schools whose past NCAA tourney success was long buried in the history books.
The Shockers advanced to Saturday's West Regional final against No. 2 seed Ohio State, a 73-70 winner over Arizona in the first semifinal at Staples Center. Their yellow-clad fans, several waving handmade signs, made up nearly all of the smaller crowd that stuck around to see the end.
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LOS ANGELES, March 29 –The LaSalle Explorers never put up much of a fight to the Wichita State Shockers on Thursday.
LaSalle’s loss can’t be categorized as ugly as much as it can be viewed as a lethargic tap out that was conceded from the opening tip.
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TUCSON, Ariz. In a season when the No. 1 team in the country was never really safe, it has become the year of the little guys.
Fifteen-seed Florida Gulf Coast University take a bow.
Same for you, La Salle. Who said a No. 13-seed was unlucky?
Ditto for 12th-seeded Oregon and ninth-seeded Wichita State. All were part of the upsetpalooza of the NCAAs second round when eight double...
This is the time you look back at your alma mater with pride. You remember the good old days, adding a lot more good than was really there. Wichita State is one of the most unlikely teams to reach the Sweet 16 of this NCAA tournament and will likely win at least one more game.
So for Shockers alumni, it's a great moment. And for former Shockers players? Think of their highlight...
No. 9-seeded Wichita State is considered to be one of the NCAA Tournament's biggest stories, a Cinderella that has only one more game to win before advancing to the Final Four. No. 2 OSU, however, isn't approaching this game as a favorite. Also inside: Deshaun Thomas' shot selection and Thad Matta's thoughts on West Coast travel.
This is why we watch.
Because any given March, a team full of transfers and castoffs, from a commuter campus in a city more known as the birthplace of Pizza Hut, can become the hottest thing in sports overnight.
On Saturday night in Los Angeles, Gregg Marshall's Wichita State Shockers did what they always do. They outhustled and outmuscled the favored Ohio State Buckeyes. They...
You ask Ron Baker if this is what he expected the Sweet 16, the glitz of Los Angeles, the mayor of his tiny Kansas hometown declaring Thursday Ron Baker Day and he offers up this story, from about two years back:
Somewhere along Highway 56, during the three-hours-and-change drive back west to Scott City, Kan., Ron was on the return leg of his official visit to Wichita State. And...
LOS ANGELES, March 30 –Wichita State was solid as a rock in their performance against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Malcolm Armstead put together 14 points and seven assists Saturday, sending No. 9 Wichita State into the NCAA Final Four with a 70-66 win over Ohio State.
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Malcolm Armstead and his Wichita State teammates told each other they could be a Final Four team last summer.
Now the Shockers are one win away from a place the program hasn't been since 1965.
They rolled past La Salle 72-58 in the West Regional semifinals on Thursday night. Next up is No. 2 seed Ohio State in Saturday's regional final.
''It's a big game and...
LOS ANGELES Whatever hope La Salle had of turning the NCAA tournament on its ear or at least becoming the Florida Gulf Coast of the West Regional dissolved in a matter of minutes Thursday night at Staples Center.
Against a Wichita State team that was too fast and too big and too much of everything, the Explorers never really had a chance. Well, they had one, but it ended before...
LOS ANGELES (AP) Too big, too physical, too quick.
Wichita State proved too much of everything for La Salle in a 72-58 victory on Thursday night that put the Shockers into the final eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 32 years.
They overwhelmed the Explorers with a 14-2 run to open the game that had La Salle playing catch-up the rest of the way. The Explorers trailed...