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YEAR BY YEAR | ALL-DECADE TEAM 2010s: Already the Shockers’ greatest decade

  • Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.

By Gregg Marshall’s third season, an identity was being built with Shocker basketball. Tough, tenacious defense. Winning the rebound battle nearly every single game. Enough offense to win, but spread around so much that no one player could be keyed on by opponents.

It has led to many memorable moments, most of them in the postseason. In 2011, the Shockers’ second straight NIT visit turned into a Garden party – five straight wins for the program’s first NIT championship, beating Washington State in the semifinals and Alabama in the Madison Square Garden final.

A Valley championship in 2012 led to a disappointing NCAA loss to VCU in the second round, but the postseason experience helped a year later. The Shockers peaked at the start of the postseason, getting Ron Baker back from injury, and rattled off four unlikely NCAA Tournament victories: Pittsburgh, Gonzaga (the No. 1 overall seed), La Salle and 2-seed Ohio State. Wichita State, a No. 9 seed, was in the Final Four for the first time in 48 years.

Even a loss to eventual-champion Louisville — a game WSU led by 12 points with 10 minutes to play — didn’t dampen the spirit of the program’s most successful season.

This month, WSU will be in its fifth consecutive postseason tournament (first time since 1962-66) and its third consecutive NCAA Tournament (a first).

SeasonOverallMVC (Finish)CoachTop scorer
2009-1025-10**12-6 (2nd)Gregg MarshallClevin Hannah (12.0)
2010-1129-8**14-4 (2nd)Gregg MarshallJ.T. Durley (11.2)
2011-1227-6*16-2 (1st)Gregg MarshallJoe Ragland (13.4)
2012-1330-9*12-6 (2nd)Gregg MarshallCleanthony Early (13.9)

* — NCAA Tournament; ** – National Invitation Tournament

PlayerHt.Pos.
Cleanthony Early6-8F
Carl Hall6-8F
Toure Murry6-4G
Garrett Stutz7-0C
Fred VanVleet5-11G
Off the bench
Malcolm Armstead6-0G
Ron Baker6-3G
Gabe Blair6-8F
Tekele Cotton6-2G
J.T. Durley6-7F
Graham Hatch6-4F
Joe Ragland6-0G
Ben Smith6-5G
Demetric Williams6-2G

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