What they’re saying about the Shockers
08/29/2014 1:56 PM
11/18/2014 12:30 PM
Links to national and regional stories about Wichita State and the MVC
SIU coach Barry Hinson daydreams about a new MVC member.
Springfield News-Leader: Missouri State improves its size and raises its expectations.
The Pantagraph: Illinois State’s depth may require sacrifices in playing time.
The Pantagraph’s Jim Benson grows into a multi-media superstar.
Des Moines Register: Drake freshmen get the call for introductions.
Terre Haute Tribune-Star: Indiana State’s new look without Odum challenges coach.
Terre Haute Tribune-Star: Point guard Tre Bennett must learn quickly for the Sycamores.
The Southern: Salukis find a backup for foul-prone starter.
The Southern: MVC coaches motivated to compete with WSU.
Peoria Journal-Star: Braves roll out a bigger, deeper roster. They hope.
Chicago Sun-Times: Doyle’s injury clouds outlook for Loyola.
Indiana State adds two big men in its recruiting class.
Yahoo.com’s Pat Forde ranks intriguing coaches and Gregg Marshall intrigues him, but less than 14 others.
Fred VanVleet also intrigues Pat Forde at Yahoo.com.
Obediah Church, from Springfield, Ill., headlines Missouri State’s recruiting class.
Illinois State turns to high school ranks for the class of 2015.
Northern Iowa adds juco guard to its recruiting class, stealing him from South Dakota State.
Bleacher Report looks at Ron Baker’s journey from Scott City to WSU.
ESPN’s writers discuss expectations for the Shockers.
Gregg Marshall enjoyed the off-season and wouldn’t mind if it dragged on and on.
Athlon’s picks the MVC.
Tekele Cotton’s dunk skills catch the attention of ESPN.
The Sporting News puts Ron Baker on its second-team All-America list.
Sports Illustrated ranks Wichita State No. 16.
ESPN ranks Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet in its top 10.
Fox Sports finds a chip on the collective shoulders of the Shockers.
MVC MEDIA DAY COVERAGE
The Pantagraph: Illinois State coach Dan Muller voted his team No. 1.
Peoria Journal Star: Kirk Wessler rips off a depressing view of the future of college basketball.
Peoria Journal Star: Bradley coach Geno Ford isn’t concerned about preseason polls.
Springfield News-Leader: King Kong is back in the MVC.
Springfield News-Leader: Illinois State is the MVC’s mystery guest.
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Shockers used to playing with a target on their backs.
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: MVC women’s basketball strong in Iowa.
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Valley schools checking their wallets.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Shockers chase one remaining goal - NCAA title.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Marcus Marshall’s return proceeds cautiously at Missouri State.
Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com ranks Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker in his top 100. Utah’s Delon Wright is on the list
CollegeBasketballTalk ranks the top point guards and shooting guards nationally. Normally, I don’t link to this blog, because it is the most parasitic bunch on the Internet, shamelessly rewriting stories and disguising the original publication (you know, the one that did the work). Pout over.
Mike Rutherford of SBNation ranks the nation’s top 100 players and includes VanVleet, Baker, Tuttle and Balentine. Prepare your fantasy draft, I guess.
ESPN ranks WSU No. 10 and Joe Lunardi projects the Shockers as a No. 2 seed.
Two Shocker opponents (and one potential) make The Dagger’s list of teams on the rise.
USA Today ranks WSU No. 11 and gets Gregg Marshall to say he’s happy in Wichita.
Bradley’s injury problems are easing.
Lyndal Scranton of the Springfield News-Leader likes what he sees from Missouri State and picks them third in the MVC.
Todd Hefferman of The Southern picks WSU No. 1 in the MVC, followed by Northern Iowa and Missouri State.
Indianapolis Howe guard Harris Brown commits to Evansville with the goal of winning the MVC.
SIU’s Tyler Smithpeters is back on the team.
Loyola’s Milton Doyle could miss the season after tearing the labrum in his shooting shoulder.
SIU’s Tyler Smithpeters is taking time off for personal reasons.
Carson Tigges of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier picks WSU No. 1 in the MVC and showers Ron Baker with affection.
Bradley coach Geno Ford welcomes four big men back to practice after injuries.
Northern Iowa builds roster with two talented transfers.
Marcus Marshall’s health is a key factor for Missouri State.
Fred VanVleet is ready and willing to speak to your children.
Lyndal Scranton of the Springfield News-Leader says the MVC will adopt a three-tiered scheduling system to build RPI.
Northern Iowa center Seth Tuttle turned into more of a scorer than his coach expected.
The Panthers are thinking NCAA Tournament, but not talking about it. Kind of.
Northern Iowa scheduled with an at-large bid in mind.
A $1 million gift helps Northern Iowa upgrade and expand locker rooms.
Loyola grabs a commitment from Sunrise Christian guard Roosevelt Smart, a Chicago native ranked No. 146 nationally by Rivals.com.
Missouri State’s 1999 Sweet 16 team reunited in Springfield. No word on if they paused to reflect on Troy Mack’s 23 and 22.
Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson is increasing his profile as the top Panther.
Students are upset that Missouri State can’t complete track and field facilities in time to hold the MVC Outdoor Championships.
Sports Illustrated ranks two Shockers on its list of top 20 guards.
Missouri State took a shot at Juwan Morgan before he hit the big time.
SI.com’s Seth Davis talks recruiting with Gregg Marshall.
Former WSU assistant Earl Grant takes over as head man at College of Charleston.
USA Today projects Northern Iowa as an NCAA at-large team on the strength of five returning starters and 8,569 redshirts.
UNI adds Richmond to complete a non-conference hoops schedule that includes Virginia Tech, Iowa and VCU.
Southern Illinois volleyball moves toward top of MVC.
Illinois State volleyball starts with six seniors.
Northern Iowa volleyball lost a key player to transfer after missing the NCAAs.
Injury problems continue for Bradley basketball.
Illinois State coach Dan Muller sees his team ahead of last year’s pace.
Angry birds: Creighton’s logo under attack by Toronto.
BasketballInsiders lists Cleanthony Early as one of the Summer League studs.
SIU guard Anthony Beane needs to take advantage of better shooters around him.
A coach breaks down WSU's pick and roll.
Missouri State's Marcus Marshall driven by injury and memory of loss to WSU.
Quad-City Times: MVC should draw well for its women's tournament.
USA Today ranks Fred VanVleet among the top mid-major players.
The Big Lead ranks Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet among the top players in the nation.
Phil Jackson may not be sold on Cleanthony Early as a backup to Carmelo Anthony.
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report sits with Early for a video look at his early days in the NBA.
Early picks up books to learn his new bosses.
NBA.com cameras catch up with Early.
New York Daily News: Early a good fit for Phil Jackson's offense.
New York Post: Falling into second round a blessing.
New York Times: Early prepared to play with, or without, Carmelo.
Times Herald-Record: Early stop at Denny's includes autographs, pictures.
Newsday: Knicks picked Early for a reason.
MVC commissioner Doug Elgin looking for a scheduling partner.
MVC schools feel the loss of BracketBusters and MWC Challenge.
NY Times: The sad story of a Bradley great barred from the NBA.
Age may have caused Early to drop in NBA Draft.
Conor Gillaspie makes his case as Chicago's future third baseman.
ESPN.com ranks Gregg Marshall No. 8 among college coaches.
Cleanthony Early works out for Phoenix.
Nick Wiggins talks family genes at Golden State.
WSU's women's basketball team will play in the Paradise Jam, a field that includes Kentucky, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma and others.
Fred VanVleet is the No. 7 point guard IN THE NATION, according to The Sporting News. Utah's Delon Wright, a WSU opponent, is No. 2.
TSN ranks Ron Baker the No. 2 shooting guard in the nation.
Baseball recruit Isaac Anderson turned down $100,000 on draft day.
Ed Braeuer, father of former Shocker player Matt Braeuer, made a big impression on a young sports writer.
Future Shocker volleyball player Shimen Fayad started her WSU workouts.
Cleanthony Early's performance vs. Kentucky raised his stock.
Tampa Bay execs are pleased to get Casey Gillaspie in uniform quickly.
Seton Hall is upgrading its basketball schedule with help from WSU.
Compare athletic departments in USA Today's budget database.
SportsNet Central's Dalen Cuff looks at Cleanthony Early's draft potential.
MLB.com ranks Casey Gillaspie No. 25 on its draft list. Recruit Sam Hilliard is No. 167.
Painter finds a fitting home for his tribute to Bradley basketball.
HoopsHype sees Cleanthony Early going No. 20 to Toronto.
Conor Gillaspie takes over at third base for the White Sox.
The Sporting News follows Cleanthony Early on his draft tour.
Other teams may be willing to lure Toure Murry from the Knicks.
Sports Talk Florida's Matt Stein projects Casey Gillaspie as a big-league first baseman.
Former Shocker pitcher Anthony Capra loves living in Wichita.
Cleanthony Early says Gregg Marshall predicted his NBA future.
Former Shocker Paul Guffrovich takes a new coaching job.
Oregon coach Dana Altman's reputation takes a hit.
The Quad-Cities wants to host the MVC women's tournament.
NBCSports.com looks at which schools might challenge WSU.
ESPN.com explains why coaches, including Gregg Marshall, stay put.
Q&A with Fred VanVleet by the hometown TV station.
Mark Turgeon understands why Maryland fans are anxious.
Perfect Game projects three MVC teams in the baseball regionals.
Drake, Bradley, Loyola picked up prominent Chicago-area recruits in the spring.
Eric McKnight, who displayed interest in WSU, is going to Tennessee. There is no evidence WSU reciprocated that interest.
Bradley assistant coach Ron Coleman is bringing Chicago talent to Carver Arena.
Wingnuts manager Kevin Hooper: WSU wanted college experience.
Former WSU assistant Chris Jans benefits from a big donation at Bowling Green.
Sean Keeler: Nothing has changed in regard to scheduling Kansas State and Kansas.
Rivals: WSU offers Class of 2016 guard Lamonte Turner.
Missouri State baseball attendance is a losing proposition at Hammons Field.
The Big East experienced growing pains with it TV schedule.
Cowley track star Jamesia Milton signs with WSU.
Philly guard Levan Alston has an offer from WSU, according to a local recruiting website.
Creighton wants to lead the Big East in baseball like WSU did in the MVC.
TUESDAY, MARCH 25
Before the Shockers' loss, Twins teammates had some fun with former WSU pitcher Mike Pelfrey (video, it's tremendous).
They were taking note of UK-WSU even at the University of Wisconsin student paper.
MONDAY, MARCH 24
Los Angeles Times' Chris Dufresne takes the selection committee to task for Kentucky being an 8.
SI.com's Luke Winn with the inside access to Sunday.
SI.com says Cleanthony Early was the best player on the floor.
USA Today calls it one of the best first-weekend games in recent memory.
SBNation's Sea of Blue fan site with its breakdown of the game.
SUNDAY, MARCH 23
Louisville Courier-Journal: Early finds right fit at WSU.
Bryan Burwell: Which team is David?
Jerry Tipton: The Shockers never quit on their principles.
Jerry Clay: Kentucky has a chance to prove the hype is real.
The Shockers get the edge in the backcourt.
Pat Forde: Marshall's brand is growing.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22
Fans are overwhelmed by divided loyalties in St. Louis.
Eleven days off didn't slow the Shockers.
Sam Mellinger of The Star: I don't see any disrespect.
Pat Forde of Yahoo.com: CBS gets the match-up it wanted.
Gary Parrish: Biggest. Game. Ever.
Odd article by ESPN.com's Adam Finkelstein: WSU lacks an identity in recruiting. Not sure about this one.
FRIDAY, MARCH 21
Here's an ESPN.com scouting report from the guys who didn't get it done.
Pat Forde of Yahoo wonders how Kansas' divided loyalties will affect the crowd noise.
Do people paying SASO donations agree with this, from ESPN's Darren Rovell?
Bryan Burwell: The selection committee did the Shockers a favor.
Bluejay alert: Fun read on divided loyalties in Nebraska. Kansans can relate.
TUESDAY, MARCH 18
Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times is glad WSU is no Duke.
Wichita State gets admiration from Forbes.com for its wins vs. millions spent ratio.
The Shockers make the top 10 of Matt Norlander's rooting rankings. So does Creighton.
Scruffy, guest columnist for the Morris (Ill.) Times Herald remembers Drake's 1964 win over the Shockers in Des Moines.
USA Today: Embrace your draw, Shockers.
Andrew Sharp of Grantland.com wants to see WSU-Kansas State.
MONDAY, MARCH 17
Ken Pomeroy's numbers say the Midwest Region is tough at the top, easy through the rest.
WSU's margin of victory doesn't impress at FiveThirtyEight.
SUNDAY, MARCH 16
USA Today says WSU should begin the nuts and bolts cheer.
From the Recordonline.com: Cleanthony Early feels no pressure on Selection Sunday.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15
You know Wichita State has arrived when there's an Evolution of WuShock photo gallery on the New York Times website. (By the way, it's awesome.)
Jim Benson of the Pantagraph takes on Doug Gottlieb.
The New York Daily News examines Cleanthony Early's road from New York to Wichita.
FRIDAY, MARCH 14
USA Today with a look at assistant Chris Jans eyeing head-coaching opportunities.
Former Shocker Carl Hall experiences the losing side of life in Japan.
Charles Barkley sticks up for the Shockers and turns the question on TMZ.
THURSDAY, MARCH 13
Lyndal Scranton of the Springfield News-Leader wonders if this is what it was like watching Indiana State in 1979.
Randy Kindred of the Pantagraph compares WSU's unselfishness with that of the 2005 Illini.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12
USA Today has Gonzaga coach Mark Few saying Wichita State can win it all.
CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello analyzes how far WSU has to get to avoid being called overrated.
Strength of schedule precedent throws up a caution flag, from the WSJ.
SI.com puts Fred VanVleet on its All-America teams.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11
Hey, Kansas is not the only state with a legislature thinking about regulating regular-season college basketball games.
Northern Iowa recruit Wyatt Lohaus controls his heart condition by dipping his face in a bucket of water
We post these stories sometimes wishing we had been able to edit them beforehand.
SportingNews.com says Gregg Marshall is the Coach of the Year.
SI.com's Luke Winn dines and travels with the Shockers, but doesn't get to sit next to Fred VanVleet. That seat's taken.
Des Moines Register's Andrew Logue on how the Valley takes advantage of 34-0.
MONDAY, MARCH 10
The long-form version, from Grantland's Jordan Conn, on the non-rivalry between WSU and Kansas. (Editor's note: He nails it.)
Bleacher Report may be the first out with its All-American picks.
The Lawrence Journal-World looks at Shocker fans in the Jayhawks' front yard.
CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish on Gregg Marshall being moved by the moment of reaching 34-0.
SUNDAY, MARCH 9
Indiana State needed every second on the clock to beat SIU.
Bryan Burwell: WSU is just that good.
St. Louis bars and hotel miss the Bluejay fans.
Sean Keeler: Marshall can end the frustration in St. Louis today.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde on the sudden love affair -- Gregg Marshall and St. Louis.
Fox Sports KC's Sean Keeler says the Shocker big men are big enough.
Wiggins vs. Wiggins. Yeah, they've talked about it.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7
St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss on that dreaded M-M word.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6
Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde thinks the Shockers need to lose in St. Louis.
CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel lets WSU associate AD Darron Boatright defend the Shockers' schedule -- exasperatingly.
Des Moines Register's Andrew Logue on the MVC spotlight squarely on the Shockers.
Kansas City sports media critic Greg Hall documents the love/hate for the Shockers.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5
An NCAA.com video on the Shockers. With slo-mo footage!
Longtime Philly columnist Dick Jerardi sees the Shockers going a ways in the tournament.
Fort Worth Star Telegram's Jimmy Burch is in the Shockers' camp for a No. 1 seed.
TUESDAY, MARCH 4
Indiana communications student with an interesting take on Coach of the Year candidates.
SBNation with a defense of the Shockers' non-conference schedule.
Bleacher Report's Jason King on the influence of Fred VanVleet's stepfather.
MONDAY, MARCH 3
In case you were wondering, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli wasn't going all '72 Dolphins on the Shockers.
CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel wonders why we're even arguing about the Shockers' credentials?
We'll expand into MVC Tournament stories this week. Here's a good one from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on SIU coach Barry Hinson and his struggle to overcome a family tragedy.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2
KC Star's Blair Kerkhoff weighs whether Shockers, Jayhawks fit on the bracket's 1-line.
ESPN.com's Jake Trotter was on hand for No. 31.
Bleacher Report's Thad Novak writes that WSU is the only team not to stumble against an overmatched foe.
Forbes.com on how BCS conferences' bottom-dwellers end up hurting the Shockers in seeding talk.
Vahe Gregorian of The Kansas City Star writes that WSU understands its season will be judged later this month by most.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1
Springfield News-Leader's Lyndell Scranton on Missouri State trying to avoid being the Washington Generals on Saturday.
THURSDAY, FEB. 27
NBCSports.com on how Las Vegas wouldn't mind the Shockers not going 40-0.
Fred VanVleet's hometown paper with a story and video from Tuesday at Bradley.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26
Todd Golden of the Terre Haute Tribune Star votes four Shockers All-MVC.
Well, one website likes the Shockers as No. 1 in the nation.
Peoria Journal Star BU beat writer Dave Reynolds on Bradley's best effort to end the streak.
Peoria columnist Kirk Wessler on the Shockers: 30-0's great. Maybe not the nation's best, but great.
The Eagle's Suzanne Tobias on the Shocker bandwagon. They're building a second deck for the postseason.
The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy: Quit playing what ifs, the Shockers have earned this.
Ohio State players remember this Shocker bunch well.
Fox Sports.com on the Wiggins bridge between Wichita, Lawrence.
TUESDAY, FEB. 25
Peoria Journal Star's Dave Reynolds on senior night for Bradley's Walt Lemon Jr.
Editorial writers in Topeka are getting in on the Shocker love.
MONDAY, FEB. 24
LJWorld.com's Tom Keegan has been escorted to the Douglas County border.
SUNDAY, FEB. 23
AP voter Rick Bozich has WSU No. 3 this week. He wishes Gregg Marshall would've scheduled tougher in non-conference.
The Newark Star-Ledger's bracket analyst has WSU as the No. 1 overall seed.
Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com finds bitter Kansas fans and says pollsters should rank WSU No. 1.
FRIDAY, FEB. 21
SBNation recaps three reasons why WSU is unbeaten.
Kansas City TV/radio mouth Jack Harry stands up for the Shockers.
THURSDAY, FEB. 20
FoxSports.com's Sean Keeler to the nation: Accept WSU as a No. 1 seed.
Rant Sports' Taylor Sturm makes the case for WSU as the tourney's No. 1 overall seed.
Chicago Tribune coverage of Wednesday's Shocker victory.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19
CBSSports.com gets former Shocker opponents to scout up the nation's lone unbeaten. Interesting stuff.
SI.com's Seth Davis with some pro-Shocker insight: Skepticism is healthy, but WSU passes eye test.
The Shockers and Orange met in an online game simulation. A Syracuse writer, via WSU's Sunflower, on the result.
CBS' Jeff Borzello collects anonymous thoughts on the Shockers. All agree they can win it all.
MONDAY, FEB. 17
SI.com's Seth Davis likes Gregg Marshall as his coach of the year.
Sam Mellinger of the KC Star blogs: If you don't believe in WSU, you're looking at a jersey name and not the numbers.
Shocker fans agree: The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy is a right-thinking American.
CBSSports.com's weekly podcast talks Shockers, among other things.
SUNDAY, FEB. 16
Minneapolis Star Tribune says don't worry about the schedule, appreciate what WSU is doing.
FRIDAY, FEB. 14
Todd Golden of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star has been tweeting while participating in the NCAA's mock selection process. Good stuff.
Wichita State, Kansas or Kansas State: Rant Sports says all three can lay claim to being the state's best.
NBCSports.com now has WSU as a 1-seed facing GWU or New Mexico in the third round.
THURSDAY, FEB. 13
FoxSports.com on the Shockers' most underrated player.
WSU's former rival to the south talks about what it would take to get where the Shockers are.
ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil talks to Ron Wellman, chairman of the NCAA selection committee about WSU's case for a top seed.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12
The Southern's Todd Heffernan on an opportunity missed by the Salukis.
KC Star's Vahe Gregorian on the underappreciated Shockers.
FoxSports.com's Sean Keeler: Shockers are a No. 1 seed; forget the score.
SportingNews.com with a look at St. Joseph's Phil Martelli and living an unbeaten regular season.
TUESDAY, FEB. 11
SB Nation says Gregg Marshall is coach everyone wants, but why would he leave WSU?
The New York Times follows the Shockers to Cedar Falls and asks the No. 1 seed question.
MONDAY, FEB. 10
NBCSports.com on whether the Shockers are deserving of a top seed if unbeaten by March 16.
SUNDAY, FEB. 9
Waterloo Courier: Shockers impose will on UNI.
SATURDAY, FEB. 8
ESPN.com re-tells the "Play Angry" story.
CollegeInsiders.com talks about which is tougher, a Shocker Final Four run last year or this year?
FRIDAY, FEB. 7
SB Nation with an appreciation of how tough 18-0 would be in the MVC.
THURSDAY, FEB. 6
Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde was in the Hulman Center. The Shockers heat up a cold Indiana night.
Terre Haute's Todd Golden on how the Sycamores felt like one got away.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5
SI.com profiles Fred Van Vleet, revealing why he pals around with Ron Baker.
ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil on WSU embracing "the big, fat zero."
ESPN.com writers look for a Shocker weakness.
CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish on the Shockers' big week.
TUESDAY, FEB. 4
Bleacher Report on the Shockers' unbeaten chances.
USA Today with a long profile of Gregg Marshall.
Athlon Sports with some unbeaten tidbits.
Lost Lettermen misses the Jays and Shockers getting together.
MONDAY, FEB. 3
Fox Sports KC: Indiana State's Greg Lansing sees a difference with these Shockers.
USA Today concurs with Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm. WSU goes unbeaten, it's a No. 1 seed.
SI.com thinks Wednesday's game at Indiana State could be a good one.
SUNDAY, FEB. 2
Arizona Star's day-after coverage of No. 1 Arizona's first loss, which leaves WSU and Syracuse as the nation's remaining unbeatens.
AP's Dave Skretta with his story from WSU's win over Evansville (via Yahoo Sports).
SBNation on the Shockers' comeback against Evansville, complete with "Wizard of Oz" references.
SATURDAY, FEB. 1
MLive.com writer calls Gregg Marshall's postgame remark about Michigan State "snippy."
Forbes.com says WSU lost money in its Final Four trip, at least on the balance sheet.
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