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Sen. Pat Roberts says Shockers the best in Kansas hoops

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 6:50 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 6:41 a.m.

Pat Roberts’ take on roundball in Kansas? Wichita State University is No. 1.

“God bless the Shockers, who just keep winning and are probably the best basketball team in the state of Kansas,” Roberts, the state’s senior U.S. senator, said Tuesday.

The line drew whooping applause from what may have been America’s least neutral audience: a luncheon meeting of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

And as savvy politicians will, Roberts had some kind words for the other two major colleges in Kansas: the traditional basketball powerhouse University of Kansas, and Roberts’ own alma mater, Kansas State University.

The Wildcats are bowl-bound after a dominating football victory over KU in the annual Sunflower Showdown last weekend.

“Mel Thompson (Roberts’ agricultural aide) always tells me, ‘Leave ’em with some good news,’” Roberts said.

“Well, K-State won. And KU is gonna win a lot more in regards to basketball.”

Reach Dion Lefler at 316-268-6527 or dlefler@wichitaeagle.com.

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