The Wichita State Shockers are cover models again.
The mens basketball team, 28-0 after Wednesday nights 88-74 win at Loyola, is on one of two regional Sports Illustrated covers this week, with the headline Go Ahead, Try to Jinx Us.
The photo of Cleanthony Early, Tekele Cotton, Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker and Chadrack Lufile was taken last week in Wichita. It accompanies a story by Thomas Lake. Dukes Jabari Parker is on the cover of the other regional edition.
Personally, I probably wont buy any, Early said. My mom and my aunts and my family members will go out and buy them and Ill probably sign a million of them.
VanVleet plans to print the picture off the Internet. His girlfriend bought a copy.
Thats probably the only one, he said. Ive got the picture and thats enough for me.
The Shockers were on one of three regional covers in April, 2013 after they reached the Final Four.
In 2006, WSU was on a regional cover when the Shockers advanced to the NCAA Tournaments Sweet 16.
A Shocker cover jinx?
This is Wichita States third Sports Illustrated cover all regional issues. Its the seventh time a Shocker has appeared on the cover, counting two by major-league Joe Carter and two by NFL coach Bill Parcells.
Heres looking at how the SI cover jinx has affected the Shockers:
April 8, 2013 Basketball team makes a regional cover after winning the West Regional, then loses to Louisville in the semifinals. But the Cardinals were also on a regional cover that week. Half jinx.
March 31, 2006 Sean Ogirri makes the cover after WSU beats Tennessee to reach the Sweet 16. WSU loses its next game to George Mason, but the Patriots were also on a regional cover that week. Half jinx.
Aug. 18, 2003 Parcells is on the cover prior to his first season as Dallas Cowboys coach. Dallas goes 10-6 but loses in the NFC wild-card round to Carolina. Not jinxed.
Dec. 14, 1998 With the caption Tough SOB, Super Coach, Parcells is on the cover wearing a Jets sweater. New York wins its final two games to roll into the AFC playoffs at 12-4, beats Jacksonville in the divisional round, then falls at Denver in the championship game. Not jinxed.
Nov. 1, 1993 Joe Carters famous trot around the bases is covered after his Series-clinching home run for the Blue Jays. In 1994, Carter hit .271 with 27 home runs with 121 RBIs, though the season was cut short by the players strike. Not jinxed. Sort of.
April 6, 1987 Young Indians stars Carter and Cory Snyder pose as part of SIs 1987 baseball preview. Carter hits .264 with 32 home runs and 106 RBIs, though Snyder hits .236 with 166 strikeouts. Cleveland goes 61-101, dead last in the AL East. Jinxed.