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VCU 62, No. 18 Wichita St. 59

Bradford Burgess hit a key 3-pointer with 1:33 left and Shaka Smart coached VCU to another tournament surprise, holding off Wichita State 62-59 in the South Regional on Thursday. The 12th-seeded Rams (29-6) led by as many as 13 in the second half, but the Shockers closed to 54-53 on Garrett Stutz's layup with 5:39 left. Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer for the Rams, and Joe Ragland...
Via AP on Fox
March 15, 2012  |  Discuss

VCU pulls off first bracket-buster upset

Bradford Burgess hit a key 3-pointer with 1:33 left and Shaka Smart coached VCU to another tournament surprise, holding off Wichita State 62-59 in the South Regional on Thursday. The 12th-seeded Rams (29-6) led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but the Shockers closed to 54-53 on Garrett Stutz's layup with 5:39 left. Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer for the Rams, and Joe...
Via AP on Fox
March 15, 2012  |  Discuss

VCU-Wichita St. Preview

Because of VCU's unexpected ride in the NCAA tournament last season, the Rams are a known commodity this year - so much so that President Barack Obama has them beating Wichita State to open the Portland Regional. But that doesn't faze the Shockers. ''I'm pretty sure he's going off of experience. They're a team that was in the final Four last year,'...
Via AP on Fox
March 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Wichita State looks to emulate VCU, by winning

Because of VCU's unexpected ride in the NCAA tournament last season, the Rams are a known commodity this year - so much so that President Barack Obama has them beating Wichita State to open the Portland Regional. But that doesn't faze the Shockers. Wichita State guard Joe Ragland says it's up to the Shockers to prove him wrong. The Rams (28-6) beat Georgetown, Purdue...
Via AP on Fox
March 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Wichita State-VCU Preview: Analysis, Prediction, Date and TV Tip Time, Point Spread, and Tickets

There are 32 games on Thursday and Friday, one of the most exciting 48-hour segments on the sports calendar. We won’t be able to get individual previews up for every game, but we’ll cherry pick some of the more compelling matchups during the tournament’s “second” round. In this post, we preview one of the more interesting 5-12 matchups between underrated Wichita State and...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

South Region Bracket Breakdown: Upset Picks, Sleeper Team, and Regional Champion Prediction

The South region boasts the overall top seed in Kentucky, but the Wildcats weren’t given an easy road to the Final Four. To get there, they may have to go through the defending champions and the team that gave them their first loss of the season, and that’s just to get to the Elite Eight.  Throw in athletic teams like Baylor and UNLV to go with arguably the best “mid-major”...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Wichita State copes with loss, ready next time

ST. LOUIS -- Joe Ragland slouched on a bench in Wichita State's locker room, trying to make sense of another Missouri Valley Conference tournament disappointment. His few remaining teammates packed in silence. Ragland wiped his eyes, stunned the Shockers had lost at the Scottrade Center again. He grabbed two black shoes and walked toward a group of pizza boxes on a table. He...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

No. 15 Wichita State falls in MVC tournament semis

Illinois State 65, No. 15 Wichita State 64. With AP Photos. Wichita State has a nine-game winning streak and two eight-game runs on their resume this season. So there is plenty of evidence that the Shockers can bounce back from a loss. Now they just need the chance. The No. 15 Shockers (27-5) were beaten by Illinois State 65-64 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley...
Via Fox Sports
March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Will There Be A Shocker? — Previewing The MVC Semifinals

Top-seeded Wichita State cruised past Indiana State 72-48 in the first game of the Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinals on Friday. Will the Shockers and Creighton meet in the in the championship, as everyone expects? Before we get there, we have the semifinals, where Illinois State and Evansville will look to crash the party. Drake gave Creighton all it could before falling 68...
Via Just Cover Blog
March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Illinois St.-Wichita St. Preview

The goal of reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time in six years continues to motivate Wichita State this weekend in St. Louis. Hoping to further close in on that feat, the top-seeded and No. 15 Shockers try for a 10th consecutive victory Saturday when they face Illinois State in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. A year ago, Wichita State had...
Via Fox Sports
March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

MVC: Sycamores swamped by No. 15 Wichita State

Indiana State thought it was prepared for No. 15 Wichita State. From the way their Missouri Valley Conference tournament game got started, it appeared they were anything but. The Sycamores fell behind by 17 points in the first nine minutes before losing 72-48 to the Shockers on Friday. ''I felt like we were ready to go, but they put us on our heels right from the start...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

No. 15 Wichita St. 72, Indiana St. 48

Toure Murry and Joe Ragland scored 14 points each and Garrett Stutz had 12 rebounds to lead No. 15 Wichita State to a 72-48 win over Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Friday. The Shockers (27-4) won their season-high ninth straight and will play Northern Iowa or Illinois State on Saturday for a spot in the championship. Wichita State...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

No. 15 Shockers reach MVC semis, beat Indiana St.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Toure Murry and Joe Ragland scored 14 points each and Garrett Stutz had 12 rebounds to lead No. 15 Wichita State to a 72-48 win over Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Friday. The Shockers (27-4) won their season-high ninth straight and will play Northern Iowa or Illinois State on Saturday for a spot in the championship...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Doug McDermott Takes Top Missouri Valley Honor

Joining Doug McDermott on the All-Conference First Team are Wichita State's Joe Ragland and Garrett Stutz, Kyle Weems of Missouri State and Colt Ryan of Evansville.
Via RealGM
February 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Arch Madness! MVC Tournament Preview: Tickets, TV Schedule, Bracket, Contenders, and Prediction

The 2012 Missouri Valley Tournament, better known as “Arch Madness,” gets rolling on Thursday in St. Louis. While Wichita State and Creighton were a cut above during the regular season, this tournament always seems to have a few surprises.  The next five teams in the standings all finished 9-9 though, which should lead to plenty of close, hard fought games over the course of...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
February 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Drake-Wichita St. Preview

Although Wichita State has already secured the top seed for next week's Missouri Valley Conference tournament, it isn't about to overlook its regular-season finale. The 19th-ranked Shockers try to avenge their only loss of 2012 when they host Drake on Saturday. Wichita State (25-4, 15-2) clinched the outright MVC regular-season title with Wednesday's 68-55 win over...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Illinois State loses 68-55 to No. 19 Wichita State

Illinois State's last home game of the season wasn't a typical Senior Day. The Redbirds don't have a senior on the roster so there wasn't much in the way of pregame festivities. Even though Illinois State fell short of an upset against No. 19 Wichita State, falling 68-55 on Wednesday night, Redbirds coach Tim Jankovich was encouraged. His team made the Shockers...
Via AP on Fox
February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

No. 19 Wichita St. 68, Illinois St. 55

Joe Ragland scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Wichita State to a 68-55 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night to clinch the Missouri Valley Conference championship. Ragland had four 3-pointers for the Shockers, who made 10 of 23 from beyond the arc. Wichita State (25-4, 15-2), which has won seven straight games and 15 of 16, won its seventh Missouri Valley title and first...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Surging Wichita State clinches MVC title (AP)

Joe Ragland scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Wichita State to a 68-55 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night to clinch the Missouri Valley Conference championship. Ragland had four 3-pointers for the Shockers, who made 10 of 23 from beyond the arc. Wichita State (25-4, 15-2), which has won seven straight games and 15 of 16, won its seventh Missouri Valley title and first since 2006.
Via Rivals.com
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

No. 19 Wichita St. wins 7th straight, locks up MVC

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Joe Ragland scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Wichita State to a 68-55 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night to clinch the Missouri Valley Conference championship.
Via ESPN
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Wichita State beats Ill. State to clinch MVC title

Joe Ragland scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Wichita State to a 68-55 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night to clinch the Missouri Valley Conference championship.
Via CBSSports.com
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

No. 19 Wichita St. clinches Missouri Valley title

Joe Ragland scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Wichita State to a 68-55 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night to clinch the Missouri Valley Conference championship.
Via MSNBC
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

No. 19 Wichita State beats Illinois State 68-55

Joe Ragland scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Wichita State to a 68-55 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night to clinch the Missouri Valley Conference championship.
Via Sign on San Diego
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Wichita St.-Illinois St. Preview

Wichita State has become the newest mid-major darling while rising to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference and appearing poised for its first NCAA tournament berth in six years. The 19th-ranked Shockers seek their seventh straight win Wednesday night when they visit Illinois State, which hasn't beaten a ranked team in more than 24 years. Creighton once seemed to be the...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament Primer: Dates, Site, TV Info, Tickets, and “Arch Madness” Outlook

The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament has earned the moniker “Arch Madness” for a reason, and this year should be no exception when it tips off on March 1st. Wichita State and Creighton have dominated the headlines for most of the season, but a number of evenly matched teams behind them should make for plenty of closely contested tournament games. MVC Tournament Info Tournament...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
February 21, 2012  |  Discuss

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