Originally written April 04, 2013 on The Cardinal Connect:
Of all the mid-major college basketball programs that were getting hype during the regular season, Wichita State wasn’t one of them. The Shockers have always had a respectable program, but to my knowledge, no one has ever considered them a national power. They’ll definitely be getting much more respect from here on out with a berth to the Final Four, but on paper, this team still doesn’t look all that special. Gregg Marshall’s team finished just 12-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference and has lost to Evansville (twice), Indiana State, Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois who finished 14-17 on the year. Somewhere along the way, something changed for Wichita State. Once the post-season began, there was something different about Gregg Marshall’s team. If you ask him what sparked the stellar improvement from his team, he’ll tell you it’s because they started playing angry. What that really means, I don’t know. However, considering the results, I imagine Marshall is going to stick with it....
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