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Wichita State starts strong vs. Louisville in Final Four

Fred Van Vleet and the Shockers hope to pull another upset to make Monday’s National Title game. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

With a Cinderella run through the West region, Wichita State is only the second No. 9 seed and fifth team seeded nine or lower to make the Final Four. The Shockers may just stick around for Monday’s national final, too.

Wichita State raced out to an eight-point lead against the tournament’s top seed in the opening four minutes, and even after giving it all back rather quickly, the Shockers managed to head to the locker room with a 26-25 lead on Louisville.

The Cardinals can’t be too upset with their positioning, either. They were dreadful in the opening minutes, going scoreless before the first media timeout and facing their largest deficit of the tournament. Russ Smith missed four free throws in that time before recovering for 11 first-half points, which all made the team’s mascot quite sad. (H/T Buzzfeed Sports)

Forward Cleanthony Early has nine points for Wichita State, and guard Ron Baker has a pair of three-pointers and five rebounds already.

The Shockers have been pretty darn good when they’re leading at the half:


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