Wichita State’s path in the NCAA Tournament is the cause of some friendly smack-talk in the locker room of the Golden State Warriors.
Warriors vice president of communications Raymond Ridder is rooting for the Shockers, a tribute to his Wichita roots. He attended elementary school in Wichita and Goddard and spent his sophomore and junior years at Northwest High.
He has a friendly wager with Warriors center Festus Ezeli on Tuesday’s game in the NCAA Tournament’s First Four. Ezeli played for Vandy from 2007-12 before Golden State drafted him with the 30th pick in 2012.
The loser performs in a video extolling the success of the winning school.
The stakes and smack are sure to grow for the winner. Next up for either WSU or Vandy is sixth-seeded Arizona and the former Wildcats with the Warriors include coach Steve Kerr, assistant coach Luke Walton and player Andre Iguodala.
Wichita State vs. Vanderbilt
- When: About 8:10 p.m. Tuesday
- Where: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
- Records: WSU 24-8, VU 19-13
- Radio: KFH, 1240-AM, 98.7-FM; KEYN, 103.7-FM
- TV: TruTV (Cox 51, DirectTV 246, Dish 242, U-Verse 164)