Wichita State Shockers Basketball Schedule
The Shockers have always been a big deal in Wichita but over the course
of the past few seasons really have gained the attention of the national media and college basketball fans all over the country.
The Shockers were no strangers to the NCAA Tournament before the 2012-2013 season, but their Cinderella run to the Final Four
captured the hearts and imaginations of even casual basketball fans. Clearly motivated by their attention grabbing 2013 Tournament
run the Shockers entered the 2013-2014 season on a mission to prove that they were not just a flash in the pan and did precisely
that racing off to a 34-0 record before entering the 2014 NCAA Tournament. having earned a number one seed in the Tournament
it appeared that Wichita State could be poised for another deep run and after beating Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the first
round of the Tournament the Shockers became the first school in NCAA history to start a season 35-0. Unfortunately, the Shockers
faced a tough Kentucky team in the second round that would defeat them in a tight game en route to becoming the national runners-up.
The 2014-2015 season may begin with lowered expectations of the Shockers outside of Wichita, but WSU is returning some key
players once again, including preseason All-American Fred Van Vleet, Ron Baker, and Takele Cotton, and nothing short of a
Missouri Valley Conference championship and another deep tournament run will satisfy the team.
Making your way through
the Missouri Valley Conference is an unenviable task and Wichita State will have their work cut out for them as they look
to repeat last year's accomplishment of going undefeated in conference play. Schools like Indiana State and Southern Illinois
always put up a tough fight and playing close games against conference rivals throughout the season will only help prepare
the Shockers come next March. There is no better time than now to be a Wichita State Shockers fan so be sure to take a look
at the Shockers' schedule to see when you can make it to Charles Koch Arena and get your tickets from StubHub.
Duplicating the success of last year's team will not be easy for the Shockers, especially after losing a great
player like Cleanthony Early, but coach Gregg Marshall has proven that he is one of the best in all of college basketball
and as long as he is designing the plays for Wichita State there is no reason to believe that they cannot play with any team
in the country. Look for juniors Takele Cotton, Ron Baker, and Fred Van Vleet to step it up this season and play an even more
important role in the Shockers' success. All of the players returning for the 2014-2015 season still have the bad taste of
an early NCAA Tournament exit in their mouths and will e using this as motivation from the offseason straight through March
as the Shockers once again pile up wins. The success of Wichita State on the hardwood is built to last and the team still
feels like it has something to prove to the rest of the country. The 2014-2015 season at Wichita State should be yet another
unforgettable one so be sure to get in on all of the excitement right from the start.
Wichita State Shockers
The Missouri Valley Conference may be referred to as "mid-major" by sports commentators but this
Division I conference is not to be overlooked. It is the second oldest conference in the United States, founded in 1907 and
younger than only the Big Ten. Currently ten schools participate in the Missouri Valley Conference: Bradley, Drake, University
of Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Loyola-Chicago, Missouri State University, University of Northern Iowa, Southern
Illinois University, and Wichita State. Each year the schools in the Missouri Valley Conference play one another in the conference
tournament which is held in St. Louis, Missouri and known as Arch Madness, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
In recent years Wichita State has dominated the conference in basketball and made a name for itself in the national rankings,
reaching number 2 in the 2013-2014 season and making it to the Final Four at the end of the 2012-2013 season before losing
a close game to eventual champions Louisville.
College basketball is an experience like
no other. Featuring some of the best student athletes in the world along with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports,
the games have an atmosphere that is unrivaled. When you set foot into Charles Koch Arena for a Wichita State Shockers home
basketball game this will all be clear. As the teams set up for opening tip off the fans stand up and vociferously cheer for
their alma mater and hometown favorites. The game continues full of back and forth action, big time shots, and clutch defensive
stops. Before you know it the clock is winding down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another tight
contest. Your palms get sweaty with each trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot
you hold your breath until the ball tickles the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the Shockers' side erupts
after another big win and their fans flow out of the arena in jubilation.
Although the Shockers
made major headlines during their 2013 Final Four run when they defeated Gonzaga, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and La Salle, this
was not their first trip to the Final Four. The Shockers had made it all the way to the Final Four once before back in 1965.
Even prior to their surprising 2013 Tournament run the Shockers were a big deal in Wichita as they ranked 38th in the country
in terms of attendance in 2012 with an average of 10,391 fans per game. Of course the 2012 team had also experienced prior
success as in 2011 the Wichita State Shockers defeated Alabama 66-57 in the championship game of the NIT. The Shockers play
their home games at Charles Koch Arena but have been playing one game a year at Intrust Bank Arena for the past few years