The Wichita State Shockers are cover models again.
The men’s basketball team, 28-0 after Wednesday night’s 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. Duke’s Jabari Parker is on the cover of the other regional edition.
“Personally, I probably won’t buy any,” Early said. “My mom and my aunts and my family members will go out and buy them and I’ll probably sign a million of them.”
VanVleet plans to print the picture off the Internet. His girlfriend bought a copy.
“That’s probably the only one,” he said. “I’ve got the picture and that’s 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 Tournament’s Sweet 16.
A Shocker cover jinx?
This is Wichita State’s third Sports Illustrated cover – all regional issues. It’s the seventh time a Shocker has appeared on the cover, counting two by major-league Joe Carter and two by NFL coach Bill Parcells.
Here’s looking at how the SI cover jinx has affected the Shockers: