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May 10, 2011

Gov. Brownback applauds Wichita State University basketball team

Gregg Marshall cuts down the net in Madison Square Garden TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback this morning congratulated the Wichita State University men’s basketball team for winning the National Invitation Tournament in March in New York City.

The Shockers and coach Gregg Marshall were at the Capitol for the recognition.

"Congratulations to Coach Gregg Marshall, his coaching staff and his players for a great season," Brownback said. "Not only were the Shockers crowned NIT champions, they also won more games than any other WSU team in history."

The team’s victory over the University of Alabama on March 31 marked WSU’s first NIT title.

"Their hard work and success this season is reflective of the Kansas ‘can do’ spirit," Brownback said. "They started the year off strong – ran into a bit of a dry spell – and then showed the country how hard work, determination and teamwork pay off."

Going into the tournament which ended in Madison Square Garden, the team was 24-8. The Shockers beat Nebraska, Virginia Tech, College of Charleston, Washington State and Alabama for a final record of 29-8, the winningest in school history.

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