WICHITA STATE RUMORS

Wichita State Lands 8-Year Under Armour Deal

With their move to a new conference, the Wichita State Shockers will get a makeover thanks to a new apparel deal with Under Armour. On Monday, the Shockers announced an eight-year deal that will begin on July 1. While the deal officially begins on July 1, the basketball team will continue to wear Nike for the 2017-18 season in order to fulfill their contract with the brand. Other...
Via Campus Sports Net
7 days ago

Wichita State’s potential in AAC a mixed bag, looking at recent realignment history

On Friday, the Wichita State Shockers were unanimously approved to join the American Athletic Conference as a non-football member and the league’s 12th basketball program. The news, which had been talked up publicly for nearly a month, was not all that surprising. However, it does present its own set of challenges — both for WSU, as well as its new conference-mates. Since splitting...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wichita State addition moves AAC closer to Power 6, says conference head Mike Aresco

Via FOX Sports
14 days ago

WATCH: Wichita State University Joins The American Athletic Conference (April. 7, 2017)

Wichita State announces it's acceptance as the 12th member of the American Athletic Conference with a press conference featuring words from President John Bardo and Director of Athletics Darron Boatright.

Wichita State Accepts Invite To The American

Wichita State has accepted an invitation to join the American Athletic Conference on July 1. The school, which is currently a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, does not have a football program but it is a powerhouse in men's basketball.
Via Sports On Earth
17 days ago

Report: Wichita State unanimously voted into AAC

Wichita State has been unanimously voted into the American Athletic Conference, according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel. The decision to move to the AAC from the Missouri Valley Conference will have an impact on all of the university’s sports except football. Pending final paperwork, the Shockers are set to become the 12th school in the AAC for women’s...
Via Excelle Sports
17 days ago

Wichita State To Join AAC Beginning Next Season

It didn’t take long to become official. After expressing interest in joining the AAC just a few weeks ago, the Wichita State Shockers have been unanimously voted into the conference. The Shockers will begin playing in the AAC for the 2017-18 season. A vote was held on Friday morning to approve Wichita State and an announcement is expected later this afternoon. The addition of...
Via Campus Sports Net
17 days ago

Vote For Wichita State Shockers Joining The AAC To Happen Later This Week

The Missouri Valley Conference might be losing one of its most consistent performers. The AAC has scheduled a conference later this week to vote and decide whether an invitation will be extended to the Wichita State Shockers. A final decision on their admission is expected to be announced this weekend, according to a report by Sports Illustrated. The Shockers have become the juggernaut...
Via Campus Sports Net
18 days ago

Wichita State reportedly joining American Athletic Conference

After rumors swirled for the past few months, it appears that Wichita State will make the jump from the Missouri Valley Conference to the American Athletic Conference. That should mean a considerable step up in competition for the Shockers. The AAC has more traditionally good teams than the Missouri Valley (UConn and Cincinnati vs. Northern Iowa and Indiana State), and KenPom.com...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA denies asking writer to delete video of Gregg Marshall’s wife at NCAA Tournament

The NCAA has denied forcing a sports writer to delete a video of Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall’s wife that went viral during Sunday’s NCAA Tournament game.Drew Franklin, who writes for the Wildcats fan site Kentucky Sports Radio, shared a short clip on Twitter of Marshall’s wife Lynn going crazy during Kentucky’s 65-62 win over the Shockers. When Lynn realized she...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 20, 2017  |  Discuss

De’Aaron Fox: Wichita State trash talk ‘lit a fire’ under Kentucky

You got the sense that after Wichita State talked some trash about Kentucky the day before the teams met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament that there was no way the Wildcats would lose the game. And even though the Shockers put up a good fight, Kentucky prevailed.After the 65-62 win on Sunday, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox said Wichita State’s pregame trash talk motivated...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 19, 2017  |  Discuss

NCAA reportedly made writer delete video of Gregg Marshall’s wife

The NCAA reportedly made a writer delete a video he posted of Gregg Marshall’s wife going crazy during the Kentucky-Wichita State NCAA Tournament game on Sunday, though Marshall’s wife later ended up kicked out of her seat.Kentucky Sports Radio’s Drew Franklin, who, yes, as you probably guessed, writes for a Kentucky fan site, shared on Twitter a video of Marshall’s wife...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Wichita State’s Darral Willis Jr. says Kentucky is “nothing special”

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall has never been shy with the media, and that seems to be trickling down to his players. Shockers forward Darral Willis Jr. told media ahead of Sunday’s second round matchup with Kentucky that the second-seeded Wildcats are “nothing special.” “They play on ESPN every game, so I’ve just seen them play a few times” Willis said. “But they’re...
Via The Comeback
March 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo laughs off Wichita State’s trash talk

If Wichita State didn’t already have Kentucky’s attention, they certainly do now.The Shockers made headlines on Saturday ahead of their second-round NCAA Tournament game against Kentucky by saying the Wildcats were “nothing special,” among other predictions. Darral Willis Jr. also said Bam Adebayo’s rebounding was going to get shutdown. Adebayo is averaging a team-best...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 18, 2017  |  Discuss

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Shockers coach takes up for small conferences

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall is convinced that the NCAA Tournament is stacked against the little guys. Marshall complained about his Shockers (31-4) getting only a No. 10 seed even though they won 30 games and brought a long winning streak into the tournament. He's not alone among non-Power Five coaches. Cincinnati's Mick Cronin objected to getting a sixth...
Via Associated Press
March 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Shockers used to getting snubbed but still aren't happy about it

WICHITA, Kan. -- A couple of years ago, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall trotted out the motto "Play Angry" to encourage and inspire his perpetually overlooked and undervalued team. Might be time to resurrect it. The Shockers were given the No. 10 seed in the South Region, which just might trump anybody getting left out as the biggest snub of the NCAA Tournament. Wichita State...
Via Associated Press
March 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Five mid-major teams to watch in the NCAA Tournament

For numerous fans, chalk is the obvious deterrent for a possible Cinderella story in the NCAA Tournament. Just look at No. 16-seeded New Orleans, which possesses 10,000,000-to-1 odds to do the impossible in this year’s bracket. Unless a close relative is in serious debt, find a different miracle to buy into.But remember when Michigan State was the favorite to win the national...
Via The Comeback
March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Tourney chair explains why Wichita State got low seed

Wichita State has grown used to being underestimated when the NCAA Tournament rolls around, but the way the Shockers were seeded this year is inexplicable. Despite entering The Dance with a 30-4 record and having won 15 straight, No. 20-ranked Wichita State has been given a 10 seed.Huh?After facing a flurry of questions about how the Shockers could be seeded so low, NCAA tournament...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Marshall unhappy with Shockers' seeding in NCAA Tournament

Just about the only solace Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall could find Sunday night was that his Shockers were in the NCAA Tournament. He sure wasn't pleased with anything else. Not with the surprisingly high No. 10 seed. Not with having to play seventh-seeded Dayton in the first round. And certainly not with the prospects of playing in the second round No. 2 seed Kentucky, which...
Via Associated Press
March 12, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket Predictions: Ranking Likely 10-7 Upsets

The 12-5 upset is one of the most common in the NCAA Tournament each year, and many fans spend a lot of time studying those matchups when filling out their March Madness brackets. But the 10-7 upset is fairly common as well. No. 10 seeds went 2-2 straight up and 3-1 against the spread in 2016, according to OddsShark. These games often provide exciting, close matchups because the...
Via NESN.com
March 12, 2017  |  Discuss

These five teams have potential to bust brackets in 2017 NCAA Tournament

Let the madness begin.The bracket for the 2017 NCAA Tournament was revealed Sunday and it’s time to look at the teams that will make you tear up your brackets over the next couple of weeks.Here are five potential bracket busters.East Tennessee StateThe No. 13 seed in the East Region will open against the fourth-seeded Florida Gators and should be a trendy upset pick. The champions...
Via NESN.com
March 12, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: 2017 MVC Hall of Fame: Eric Wedge

A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Eric Wedge of Wichita State University enters the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame as just the seventh to be honored in the sport of baseball. His collegiate career in Wichita spanned 1987-89. Wedge, a phenomenal catcher and leader, was the driving force behind Wichita State’s first national championship team in 1989, as he earned first-team...
Via Wichita State Shockers Athletics
March 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall calls out CBS bracketologist Jerry Palm

The number of at-large teams from mid-major conferences is continuing to dwindle. In spite of the success and high quality of many mid-major programs, and their consistent deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, it seems as though the programs outside the major conferences are getting less and less respect. Perhaps that’s why Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall had a bone to pick...
Via Awful Announcing
March 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Wichita State awards Marshall with $25K bonus

WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita State is giving coach Gregg Marshall the $25,000 bonus he would have earned for winning the Missouri Valley coach of the year award, even though he finished second in voting. Illinois State's Dan Muller got 102 votes from the league's coach, media and sports information directors, while Marshall received 96. Marshall also finished second last year by three...
Via Associated Press
March 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Shockers make quick work of Bradley in 64-49 win

PEORIA, Ind. -- Landry Shamet had 19 points and six assists, and Wichita State rolled to a 64-49 victory over Bradley on Sunday for its fourth straight double-digit win. Conner Frankamp added 15 points and Markis McDuffie had nine points and 14 rebounds for Wichita State (19-4, 9-1 Missouri Valley), which remains a game back of conference-leader Illinois State. Shamet and Frankamp...
Via Associated Press
January 29, 2017  |  Discuss
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