ST. LOUIS – Wichita State this season ranked first in the Missouri Valley Conference in – take a deep breath – scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, free-throw percentage, field-goal percentage defense, overall rebounding, defensive rebounding, offensive rebounding, rebounding margin, blocked shots and turnover margin.
ST. LOUIS As Evansvilles D.J. Balentine was firing up one shot after another, 21 in all during Fridays game against Wichita State, something else started to impress me about the Shockers. And there is no shortage of things that impress me about the Shockers.
Gregg Marshall ducked the question, simple as it was.
We know Wichita State’s basketball team is … undefeated. And really good, perhaps even great.
Ernie Moore picked up the phone and, once he knew who was calling, he spoke the words so many have spoken this basketball season: How bout them Shocks?
Ron Baker was a high school senior and high school basketball recruiters werent exactly blazing a trail to Scott City.
Kadeem Coleby started 20 games as a junior at Louisiana-Lafayette. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds and he was on the floor a lot. It was a good life in the Sun Belt Conference, but Coleby wanted more.
It’s not easy to determine Wichita State’s MVP. There are three candidates — point guard Fred VanVleet, shooting guard Ron Baker and forward Cleanthony Early — and a fourth, Tekele Cotton, who would be justified in making a claim.
Wichita State has back-to-back 30-win seasons. Thats never happened.
It doesn’t always work for Kansas. These young players aren’t always where they’re supposed to be. They take questionable shots at times, forget to box out their opponents and let what appear to be safe leads evaporate in minutes, sometimes seconds.
You got anything new you want to say about this incredible Wichita State basketball team? Because its getting harder and harder to find new adjectives.
I know why you’re giddy, Shocker basketball fans. And it has nothing to do with 28-0.
But it was just my imagination,
Let’s jump ahead to March 20 and the NCAA Tournament because, well, every Wichita State basketball fan wants to.
For years, it has been indisputable. Ralph Miller is the greatest basketball coach in Wichita State history.
Aside for one very big change at the top, opening day was typical
When Todd Butler took over as Wichita State’s baseball coach last June, one important detail of his job requirement was omitted.
Leave it to that great American orator, Barry Hinson, to spell out what makes Wichita State such a good basketball team.
Kansas State basketball fans couldn't believe what they were seeing Monday night. Twice.
Ron Baker appeared to injure an ankle seconds after the opening tip Saturday night. Soon after, Cleanthony Early banged up a shoulder. Later, Fred VanVleet suffered a right knee injury and had to leave the game.