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Carl Hall positions himself down on the block, spins to catch a pass and scores off a layin. That sequence ran on a loop in the opening minutes of Wichita State's regional semifinal against La Salle.
He scored 10 of the Shockers' first 14 points, setting a dominant tone that carried them to a 72-58 victory and within a game of reaching the school's first Final Four since 1965.
Hall's emergence in just two seasons at Wichita State couldn't have been more unlikely.
The 6-foot-8 forward who speaks in a soft Georgia accent arrived in Kansas via two previous schools and a graveyard shift job in a light bulb factory. A heart condition nearly derailed his basketball career and his reluctance to wear glasses to correct his poor eyesight held him back on the court.
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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...
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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Working that underdog angle like a champ.
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