SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Forty-six years have passed since Wichita State had a crack at the No. 1 team in the country.
That opponent was part of John Wooden's UCLA dynasty. This one bears no resemblance to that.
The Shockers woke up Friday, sensing a realistic opportunity for an upset after seeing top-ranked and top-seeded Gonzaga survive a scare the day before against 16th-seeded Southern.
"This group thinks they can beat anyone in the country, and they're not intimidated," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said of gearing up to face the Zags on Saturday. "They're not afraid. They're not going to lose their confidence. They've shown that all year long."
Wichita State's last tangle with a No. 1 was in 1967 against UCLA, a team that went on to win its fourth of 10 titles during the Wooden era. The Shockers lost by 34.
Gonzaga (32-2) is hardly UCLA, and now has "Vulnerable" stamped on its resume, with Friday headlines and tweets screaming that Southern exposed the Zags as a top-seed ...