Wichita State Shockers

Stakes high for Golden State Warriors in Wichita State-Vanderbilt First Four game

Golden State vice president of communications Raymond Ridder is backing the Shockers in the Warriors’ locker room.
Golden State vice president of communications Raymond Ridder is backing the Shockers in the Warriors’ locker room. Courtesy photo

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.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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)
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