SALT LAKE CITY Now Gonzaga knows how it feels. The glass slipper fits Wichita State.
The Shockers Gonzaga-ed Gonzaga on Saturday, continuing the theme that played out over the first weekend of the NCAA tournament with a 76-70 victory over the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs in an NCAA West subregional at Energy Solutions Arena.
Gonzaga built its program on NCAA tournament upsets beginning in the late 1990s, making three straight regional finals as a No. 10 seed or worse. But on this night it was Wichita State celebrating at center court, dancing along with the pep band, after making clutch shot after clutch shot.
Seeding in the NCAA tournament means nothing, said Wichita State triple-threat Ron Baker, who had 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
It came down to simple math. No.9 seed Wichita State (28-8) shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range, finishing 14 for 28 from long range. Gonzaga shot 35.6 percent from the floor, and a 39-30 rebounding edge was not ...