What they’re saying about the Shockers

Links to national and regional stories about Wichita State and the MVC


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. 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. 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. 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. looks at which schools might challenge WSU. 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.

Tacoma guard Ahmaad Rorie, class of 2014, claims an offer from the Shockers after asking for a release from Cal.

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.

Q&A with Jans.

Sean Keeler: Nothing has changed in regard to scheduling Kansas State and Kansas.

Former Shocker coach Mark Turgeon is losing ground and players at Maryland, according to the Washington Post. Turgeon takes the blame for four transfers, in a story by the Baltimore Sun.

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.


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.


Los Angeles Times' Chris Dufresne takes the selection committee to task for Kentucky being an 8.

Lexington Herald-Leader's coverage: game story, John Clay column.'s Luke Winn with the inside access to Sunday. 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.


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.


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 CBS gets the match-up it wanted.

Gary Parrish: Biggest. Game. Ever.

Odd article by's Adam Finkelstein: WSU lacks an identity in recruiting. Not sure about this one.


Here's an 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.


Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times is glad WSU is no Duke.

Wichita State gets admiration from 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 wants to see WSU-Kansas State.


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.


USA Today says WSU should begin the nuts and bolts cheer.

Kirk Wessler of the Peoria Journal Star says believe the committee.

From the Cleanthony Early feels no pressure on Selection Sunday.


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.


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.


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.


USA Today has Gonzaga coach Mark Few saying Wichita State can win it all.'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. puts Fred VanVleet on its All-America teams.


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. says Gregg Marshall is the Coach of the Year.'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.


The long-form version, from Grantland's Jordan Conn, on the non-rivalry between WSU and Kansas. (Editor's note: He nails it.)

Latest bracket projections from Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm.

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.'s Gary Parrish on Gregg Marshall being moved by the moment of reaching 34-0.


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.


Latest bracket projections from Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm.

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.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss on that dreaded M-M word.


Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde thinks the Shockers need to lose in St. Louis.'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.


An 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.


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.


Latest bracket projections from Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm.

In case you were wondering, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli wasn't going all '72 Dolphins on the Shockers.'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.


KC Star's Blair Kerkhoff weighs whether Shockers, Jayhawks fit on the bracket's 1-line.'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. 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.


Springfield News-Leader's Lyndell Scranton on Missouri State trying to avoid being the Washington Generals on Saturday.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27 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.


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 on the Wiggins bridge between Wichita, Lawrence.


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's Tom Keegan has been escorted to the Douglas County border.

Latest bracket projections from Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm. Would you rather face the Fighting Webers or the Fighting Boyles in the third round?


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 finds bitter Kansas fans and says pollsters should rank WSU No. 1.


SBNation recaps three reasons why WSU is unbeaten.

Kansas City TV/radio mouth Jack Harry stands up for the Shockers.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20'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 gets former Shocker opponents to scout up the nation's lone unbeaten. Interesting stuff.'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's Seth Davis likes Gregg Marshall as his coach of the year.

Latest bracket projections from Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm. (WSU's still a 1 in both.)

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.'s weekly podcast talks Shockers, among other things.


Minneapolis Star Tribune says don't worry about the schedule, appreciate what WSU is doing.


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. now has WSU as a 1-seed facing GWU or New Mexico in the third round.


Latest bracket projections from Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm. 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.'s Dana O'Neil talks to Ron Wellman, chairman of the NCAA selection committee about WSU's case for a top seed.


The Southern's Todd Heffernan on an opportunity missed by the Salukis.

KC Star's Vahe Gregorian on the underappreciated Shockers.'s Sean Keeler: Shockers are a No. 1 seed; forget the score. with a look at St. Joseph's Phil Martelli and living an unbeaten regular season.


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.


WSU remains a No. 1 seed on Joe Lunardi's bracket and Jerry Palm's bracket. The Shockers are a No. 2 by on whether the Shockers are deserving of a top seed if unbeaten by March 16.


Waterloo Courier: Shockers impose will on UNI.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8 re-tells the "Play Angry" story. talks about which is tougher, a Shocker Final Four run last year or this year?


SB Nation with an appreciation of how tough 18-0 would be in the MVC.


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 profiles Fred Van Vleet, revealing why he pals around with Ron Baker.'s Dana O'Neil on WSU embracing "the big, fat zero." writers look for a Shocker weakness.

Terre Haute Tribune-Star beat writer Todd Golden on the VanVleet-Odum matchup and Indiana State playing host to its highest-ranked foe.'s Gary Parrish on the Shockers' big week.


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.


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. thinks Wednesday's game at Indiana State could be a good one.


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 writer calls Gregg Marshall's postgame remark about Michigan State "snippy." says WSU lost money in its Final Four trip, at least on the balance sheet.