Wichita State’s men’s basketball team turned a disappointing finish to the season into a triumph by winning the National Invitation Tournament. Blowing out Nebraska and Washington State and winning at Virginia Tech highlighted the run.On the flip side, WSU got that chance because of a regular season that didn’t always make sense. It started with a frustrating loss to Connecticut in Maui. The Shockers dominated on the road, going 8-1 in the MVC with seven double-digit wins. They lost three MVC home games, however, to finish second. A close loss at home to VCU in the BracketBusters also helped keep the Shockers out of the NCAA Tournament.WSU’s baseball team failed to make an NCAA regional for a second straight season. Injuries to pitcher Tim Kelley, outfielder Garrett Bayliff and third baseman Erik Harbutz hurt. Catcher Chris O’Brien turned in a fantastic season but didn’t get enough help offensively. The weekend rotation, without Kelley, was inconsistent and poor defense contributed. The Shockers started the season 13-4 with two wins against No. 11 Arizona. They won their final five regular-season games. In between, they didn’t win more than two in a row.Distance runner Aliphine Tuliamuk established herself as one of the nation’s top performers. She finished eighth in the 5-kilometer at the indoor NCAA Championships and eighth in the 5k and fifth in the 10-kilometer in the NCAA outdoor meet. In November, she finished 12th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships.WSU’s men’s basketball team ended a 17-game losing streak in Omaha with a 68-54 win over Creighton on Jan. 12.WSU’s volleyball team made the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season.The Shocker women’s basketball team recorded back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1999 and 2000 and played in the WNIT.WSU replaced softball coach Mike Perniciaro with former Emporia State coach Kristi Bredbenner.The WSU women won the MVC indoor and outdoor track and field titles. However, their streak of six consecutive MVC cross country titles ended in October when the Shockers finished behind Illinois State.WSU’s men’s golf team won its fourth straight MVC title and played in an NCAA regional for a fourth straight year.