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Player spotlight: Wichita State G Fred VanVleet

Playing in the uber mid-major Missouri Valley Conference, Wichita State isn’t a school that gets a lot of national attention under normal circumstances despite making the Final Four back in 2013 and drawing a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. This week is big for the No. 25 Shockers (18-6, 12-1 MVC), who have a date with MVC rival Northern Iowa (14-11, 6-6 MVC) and need guard...
Via Campus Sports Net
49 minutes ago  |  Discuss

No. 25 Wichita State pounds Drake 74-48

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Ron Baker and Shaq Morris had 11 points each and No. 25 Wichita State pounded Drake 74-48 on Tuesday night for its 12th win in 13 games. Thirteen players scored for the Shockers (18-5, 12-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who moved within two victories of clinching at least a share of its third straight league title. Wichita State had little trouble with the...
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shockers hope to rebound against leage-worst Drake

Senior guard Evan Wessel believes Wichita State's defense can overcome any shortcomings at the other end, though that certainly wasn't the case in the team's second Missouri Valley Conference defeat in the past three years.The 25th-ranked Shockers are likely to have an easier time as they try to bounce back on the road Tuesday night with their ninth straight win over league-worst...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Feb. 8

1. Valparaiso (20-4, 10-1 Horizon). Last week: 2 2. Wichita State (17-6, 11-1 MVC). Last week: 1 3. Monmouth (19-5, 11-2 MAAC). Last week: 4 4. Little Rock (21-2, 11-1 Sun Belt). Last week: 5 5. Saint Mary’s (19-3, 10-2 WCC). Last week: 3 6. Gonzaga (19-5, 11-2 WCC). Last week: 6 7. Hawaii (18-3, 7-1 Big West). Last week: 8 8. Stony Brook (19-4, 10-0 A-East). Last week: 9 9...
Via The Catch and Shoot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wichita St.-Illinois St. Preview

Wichita State has made a priority out of containing some of the Missouri Valley Conference's top scorers during its second-longest winning streak under Gregg Marshall. The Shockers hope to be up to the challenge again Saturday night when they hit the road to face MiKyle McIntosh and an Illinois State team that is hitting its stride offensively. In the first meeting since the Redbirds...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Loyola dominated by Wichita State, 80-54

Wichita State is the only Missouri Valley program Loyola has not defeated since joining the conference three years ago, and that will remain the case for at least a few more weeks. The Shockers romped the Ramblers on Wednesday, cruising to an 80-54 win at Charles Koch Arena. Loyola started 2-of-16 from the field as No. 22 Wichita State easily built an 18-6 lead in the opening minutes...
Via The Catch and Shoot
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Balanced attack propels Shockers to 80-54 win over Loyola of Chicago

WICHITA, Kan. -- Shaquille Morris had 12 points to lead No. 22 Wichita State past Loyola of Chicago 80-54 on Wednesday night.Wichita State (15-5, 9-0 Missouri Valley) had seven players score at least eight points, including Rashard Kelly with 11. Fred VanVleet had eight points and eight assists.Montel James and Earl Peterson each scored 11 for Loyola (9-12, 2-7).After closing within...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Shockers' Marshall on being back in Top 25: 'It doesn't matter'

Wichita State is more concerned with piling up victories than being back in the Top 25.The surging No. 22 Shockers look for a 10th consecutive victory Wednesday night over visiting Loyola of Chicago.Wichita State (14-5, 8-0 Missouri Valley Conference) opened the season 10th in the AP Poll, then lost four of six -- including all three at the Advocare Invitational while guard Fred...
Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Loyola of Chicago-Wichita St. Preview

Wichita State is more concerned with piling up victories than being back in the Top 25. The surging No. 22 Shockers look for a 10th consecutive victory Wednesday night over visiting Loyola of Chicago. Wichita State (14-5, 8-0 Missouri Valley Conference) opened the season 10th in the AP Poll, then lost four of six - including all three at the Advocare Invitational while guard Fred...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Wichita State’s Anton Grady may miss remainder of season

Earlier this season, Wichita State Shockers forward Anton Grady suffered a serious spinal cord injury and was stretchered off the court. Grady suffered a spinal concussion and remained in the hospital for days. There has been discussion about whether Grady will return to the court this season and Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall recently discussed the possibility. There is still...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Wichita State president opens door to football, other sports

For the last decade or so, Wichita State has firmly entrenched itself in being one of the premiere basketball programs in the country. The team has made countless appearances in the NCAA Tournament including a Final Four trip in 2013. While basketball seems to be “their sport”, it looks like the school could be looking a different direction in the future. Wichita State hasn...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Wichita State tries to rebuild after a rough start

For Gregg Marshall and Wichita State, the 2015-2016 season had all the makings of a triumphant procession through the college basketball realm. Over the past three years, the Shockers have been a top seed in the NCAA tournament and even made a Final Four, but this season’s squad appeared deep and experienced. The Shockers have the talent where it is needed. However, the dream season...
Via The Student Section
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Wichita State’s Anton Grady ‘out indefinitely’

The Wichita State Shockers had a pretty scary experience at one of their games a little more than a week ago. Forward Anton Grady went down after a hard foul and never really got back up. Grady was then stretchered off the court and rushed to a nearby hospital. He hasn’t played for the Shockers since and after being diagnosed with a spinal concussion, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Wichita State F Anton Grady released from hospital

Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady will be released from the hospital and return to campus with the team just two days after being stretchered off the court in the Shockers’ game against Alabama following a collision. CBS Sports’ John Rothstein reported the development on Twitter. Wichita State's Anton Grady has been released from the hospital, per release. Will return...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Wichita State's Anton Grady diagnosed with a spinal concussion

Wichita State lost its second straight game on Friday afternoon, but the Shockers' recent slide took a backseat to the health of forward Anton Grady.During the 64-60 loss to Alabama in the AdvoCare Invitational, Grady collided with Alabama's Dazon Ingram. The game was delayed with 3:07 remaining in regulation. Grady left the arena on a stretcher.Following the game, Wichita State...
Via Fox Sports
November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Gregg Marshall Stays At Wichita State: A Fluke, Or A Sign of Things To Come?

It is officially official: Gregg Marshall will return to coach the Wichita State Shockers thanks to a new deal that will pay the coach $3 million per year. This is after rumors swirled around the idea that Alabama would fork over $3 million to scoop up the highly sought-after coach. The fact that Marshall is going back to coach at Wichita State isn’t exactly surprising. What is...
Via The Student Section
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Gregg Marshall's show canceled, Bama speculation grows

Gregg Marshall’s weekly radio show on KNSS-1340 in Wichita was canceled Monday, leading to speculation from many that the coach may not be sticking around as coach of the Shockers for much longer. Marshall has been reported to be the top target for Alabama, which has a vacancy to fill after firing Anthony Grant. The...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Brey Day: Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight after a vintage performance

Did you know that Mike Brey has been coaching at Notre Dame since Y2K? Yes, since the year 2000, the Coach K protege has led the Fighting Irish from the bench. That’s a long time for any coach, and it’s a long time to go without an Elite Eight appearance. Forget Elite Eights for a moment, though — Notre Dame will finally get to play a regional final under Mike Brey on Saturday...
Via The Student Section
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Gregg Marshall On Alabama: “We Will Listen, But It Will Take A Lot” To Leave Wichita State

Gregg Marshall has turned Wichita State basketball into one of the best programs in the nation, and one huge athletic department will reportedly do whatever it takes to poach him. Many coaches wouldn’t address something like this while his team is still playing, but it is refreshing that Marshall will acknowledge the story, and even admit that there is some interest. However, it...
Via College Spun
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Alabama planning to make run at Gregg Marshall

Alabama reportedly has its eyes set on one target to fill its men’s basketball head coaching vacancy: Gregg Marshall.  According to CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish, the Crimson Tide are planning to make a “big run” at the Wichita State coach when the NCAA Tournament ends. Marshall’s Shockers, a No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region, defeated No. 2 seed Kansas on Sunday to reach the...
Via College Spun
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Wichita State head coach's wife zings Kansas on Twitter

Wichita State put quite the whooping on in-state rival Kansas on Sunday afternoon, beating the Jayhawks by 13 points to advance to the Sweet 16. And if you want to know the type of swag that the Shockers have taken with them into the tournament this year, just talk to the coach’s wife. Lynn Marshall,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Photo: TV Star Henry Winkler Celebrated Wichita State’s Win With Some Shockers Fans

Henry Winkler, famous for his role in long-running television series Happy Days and numerous other shows and movies, is a beloved Hollywood icon. Apparently, he is also a big fan of Wichita State basketball. Minutes after the Shockers’ upset win over Kansas in the Round of 32, Winkler retweeted a picture of himself celebrating with three Wichita State fans, including screenwriter...
Via College Spun
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Photo: There Is A “Bragging Rights” Kansas vs. Wichita State Shirt Out, Which Will Be Relevant For The Next 4 Hours

Kansas and Wichita State have not faced off since 1993, despite the fact that the two schools are just roughly 160 miles away from each other. Fans should not be shocked that there is an officially licensed shirt out for the Round of 32 match-up, which is set to tip off at 5:15 in Omaha. Reddit user beermit posted this photo of the shirt: Our question: how many people are buying...
Via College Spun
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Indiana Fans Are Ripping Tom Crean After Hoosiers’ Loss To Wichita State

Indiana was not favored to beat seven seed Wichita State, but many would argue that with the talent on the roster, it should have been. With the Round of 64 loss, Indiana finishes a disappointing 20-14 on the season, and many Hoosier fans are completely over the Tom Crean era in Bloomington. The most vocal of them are letting everyone know it on Twitter. Well, this is what IU basketball...
Via College Spun
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NCAA Tournament sleeper picks: Buffalo, Wichita State, Valpo, Eastern Washington

The 2015 NCAA Tournament brackets have already been released, which means it’s time to start digging in to the picks. Naturally there will be sleepers to bust all brackets, so we will do our best to identify some of the top upset picks for the tournament. Buffalo (23-9): A 12 seed from the Mid-American Conference,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

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