Eagle editorial: Shockers’ season is special

01/24/2014 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:21 AM

It’s another sign of the success of the Wichita State University men’s basketball team that fans are upset they can’t watch more games on TV. And who can blame them?

The Shockers are off to a 20-0 start, including a 7-0 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. With a win at Drake (at 7:05 p.m. Saturday on Cox cable Channel 22, by the way), WSU could rise even higher than its current No. 5 national ranking.

This year’s success is no fluke or surprise. The Shockers and head coach Gregg Marshall have continued where last year’s Final Four team left off.

One reason the Shockers are fun to watch is that they play the game how it is supposed to be played, with tough defense and balanced offense. Though they have good players, they are unselfish and focused on team success.

This is also a great year for WSU women’s basketball. Coach Jody Adams and the Lady Shockers are 14-2 overall and 5-0 in the conference. They’ve won a program record 13 straight games and will seek to add to that streak when they play at Illinois State on Saturday.

Yes, the state’s other two large universities also are having excellent basketball seasons, making Kansas a hardcourt heaven. But the Shockers’ season is special – and keeps getting better.

For the editorial board, Phillip Brownlee

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