The Missouri Valley Conference hasn’t produced a Final Four team since Larry Bird led Indiana State there all the way back in 1979. But Wichita State could be on the verge of changing that and sits just 20 minutes away from earning a berth to the Final Four for the first time since 1960.
The ninth-seeded Shockers lead No. 2 seed Ohio State, 35-22, at halftime in the West Region final in Los Angeles. It’s the biggest deficit the Buckeyes have faced during the NCAA tournament this year.
The Shockers continue to knock down three-pointers, hitting five of their 12 attempts from beyond the arc thus far. They’ve also out-rebounded Ohio State and currently have more rebounds (23) than the Buckeyes have points.
Ohio State, meanwhile, is doing its best Marquette impression after two game-winning shots propelled it to the Elite Eight. The Buckeyes are shooting just 24.2 percent from the field and registered just one field goal over an eight-minute span. Wichita State responded with a 12-2 run.
If the whole Cinderella thing isn’t enough to jump on the Shockers’ bandwagon, do it for WuShock, their mascot. Who knew a husk of corn could evolve so much?
Wichita State’s mascot WuShock through the years: twitter.com/mental_floss/s…
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