Wichita State had been waiting for this one.
It’s been more than two decades since the Shockers last had a shot at the state’s top dog, Kansas University. Jayhawks coach Bill Self famously has refused to schedule the Shockers, but the NCAA tournament selection committee did Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall—and college basketball fans everywhere—a solid by arranging this potential Round of 32 matchup. Once Kansas had dispatched New Mexico State and the Shockers had taken care of Indiana, the Sunflower State showdown, the first between these teams since 1993, was set. And Wichita State earned bragging right for the foreseeable future with its 78-65 win, the first time it has beaten KU since 1987.
Early on, it seemed that the Shockers would have been better off without this matchup, as they committed seven first-half turnovers to help Kansas open an eight-point lead. But an Evan Wessel three-pointer with…
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