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March 25, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Wichita State became one of the feel-good stories of the first week of the NCAA men's basketball tournament after knocking off Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region and the top-ranked team in the country, on Saturday night. And don't expect the Shockers' postseason run to end any time soon. You see, it just so happens that the team's plane just happened arrive back home at Mid-Continent Airport at the exact same time former Heisman Trophy winner and current New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow's jet stopped off to refuel.
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April 3, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - The first of several Final Four weekend awards was handed out Thursday when the Associated Press named Creighton star Doug McDermott and Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall as its player and coach of the year, respectively. McDermott and Marshall accepted their trophies at a news conference in AT&T Stadium, which is hosting this year's Final Four. McDermott, a senior, led the nation in scoring with a 26.7 average while Marshall led Wichita State to the first undefeated regular season in 33 years.
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December 1, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
at Wichita State 75, Cal State Fullerton 60: Carl Hall had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Shockers. Joe Ragland added 15 points and David Kyles contributed 14 points and seven rebounds for Wichita State (4-2), which outrebounded the Titans 37-27. Omondi Amoke led the Titans(3-3) with 19 points. Kwame Vaughn added 11 and D.J. Seeley had 10 points and a team-high five rebounds. TONIGHT Men Brigham Young Hawaii at Long Beach State, 7 p.m. Doubletree Los Angeles Westside Centennial Classic at Loyola Marymount La Sierra vs. North Texas, 2 p.m. Columbia at Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m. SATURDAY Men Cal State Fullerton at So. Illinois Edwardsville, noon PST Hawaii at Pepperdine, 7 p.m. St. Mary's at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 7 p.m. San Diego at UC Irvine, 7 p.m. Cal State Northridge at Santa Clara, 7 p.m. Doubletree Los Angeles Westside Centennial Classic at Loyola Marymount North Texas vs. Columbia, 5 p.m. La Sierra at Loyola Marymount, 7:30 p.m.
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March 19, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
It takes years to climb the mid-major success ladder and minutes for it to be pulled out from under you. Last year, Gonzaga finally got to the top rung when it entered the NCAA tournament as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Bulldogs rolled into the Salt Lake City sub-regional with legitimate national title aspirations, even though skeptics thought Gonzaga was overrated and didn't play in a tough enough conference to warrant all the fuss. The critics were only emboldened after Gonzaga was sent home on the first weekend by a scrappy, hungry, No. 9-seeded team with something to prove.
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March 19, 1996
Wichita State named Randy Smithson as its new coach. He replaces Scott Thompson, who resigned Feb. 27 after four seasons. Thompson's teams were 40-70, including 8-21 this season. . . . Stephen F. Austin State fired Ned Fowler as coach.
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March 30, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Wichita State is off to its first Final Four since 1965 with the appropriate nickname: Shockers. The ninth-seeded team from Kansas concluded its siege through the West Regional on Saturday with a 70-66 win over Ohio State in front of 17,998 at Staples Center. Wichita State is the first team seeded No. 9 to reach the Final Four since Penn in 1979. That was also the last year a team from the Missouri Valley Conference made it: You may remember Indiana State, Larry Bird and the Sycamores.
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March 21, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
SALT LAKE CITY -- Wow, that was one lousy job audition for Pittsburgh Coach Jamie Dixon. Dixon, a potential candidate for the USC basketball opening for what seems like years now, left it all over the floor Thursday at EnergySolutions Arena. No. 9 Wichita State embarrassed No. 8 Pittsburgh by a 73-55 score that will haunt Dixon for weeks and months. PHOTOS: 2013 NCAA tournament Wichita State, from the Missouri Valley Conference, thoroughly roughed up a team from the rough-and-rugged Big East.
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March 23, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Scratch No. 1 Gonzaga out of your bracket and replace it with the Shockers. It was a real shocker, all right. Ninth-seeded Wichita State hit the bull's eye when it came to knocking out the top-seeded Bulldogs, scoring a thrilling 76-70 victory in front of a crowd of 16,060 at EnergySolutions Arena. The win sends Wichita State to next week's West Regional semifinals at Staples Center. The Shockers will face the winner of Sunday's game between Mississippi and La Salle. “This feeling is unimaginable,” said freshman guard Ron Baker, one of Wichita State's heroes.
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May 25, 1996 | LON EUBANKS
Top-seeded Wichita State (52-9) got its second consecutive strong pitching performance Friday in the NCAA Midwest Regional and eliminated Missouri, 9-2, in front of 4,480 at Eck Stadium. Ben Thomas (9-1) gave up a two-run homer to Jay White in the sixth inning, but by then the Shockers already had built a five-run lead and were able to coast to their second victory in the tournament. Thomas gave up five hits before he leaving after 6 1/3 innings.
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April 2, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
From passed out on a floor to the Final Four - it has been a pulse-rate ride for Carl Hall. "Oh man, it's been a long journey for me," Hall said. Wichita State's senior forward, who overcame a heart condition that sidelined him for two years, has become the inspirational leader on the Shockers' surprising four-game run through the NCAA basketball tournament. Hall introduced himself nationally at the Salt Lake City sub-regional as an undersized 6-foot-8 forward taking on Steven Adams, a 7-footer from Pittsburgh.
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March 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Billy Fredrick was one of the top hitters in the Foothill League last season at Golden Valley. Now he's making an impact as a freshman at UC Santa Barbara. He had a game-winning pinch-hit walk-off double on Sunday against Wichita State. He's three for three on the season, with RBI hits in each at-bat. Santa Barbara is 13-3 on the season. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 16, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
1 Wichita State (34-0, Missouri Valley champion) vs. 16 Play-in winner 1 (below) The Shockers have the experience from last year's run to the Final Four, plus they can shoot, are big and physical, and have a crafty point guard in sophomore Fred VanVleet. 8 Kentucky (24-10, at-large) vs. 9 Kansas State (20-12, at-large) Kentucky has had a disappointing season by Kentucky standards, but the Wildcats remain dangerous, as top-ranked Florida found out in the Southeastern Conference tournament final.
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March 16, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Wichita State wrapped its perfect 34-0 season on March 9 only a few hours after UCLA mailed in one of the worst performances in program history - an 18-point defeat at lowly Washington State the previous night. You never could have imagined then that UCLA would end up packing flip-flops and baggy NCAA shorts for San Diego. Or, that Wichita State would get pickle-jar stuffed into the "group of death" region, with one of the "easier" games a possible first-weekend matchup against Kentucky.
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April 8, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join Times college basketball writer Chris Dufresne at noon today for a live video chat as he breaks down tonight men's basketball title game between Louisville and Michigan. The video chat will take place on this blog post. As Dufrense wrote yesterday , "Louisville has won 15 consecutive games en route to its third NCAA championship game. The Cardinals won titles in 1980 and 1986 under Denny Crum. Current Coach Rick Pitino is trying to become the first coach to win NCAA titles at two different schools after leading Kentucky to the 1996 crown.
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April 8, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
ATLANTA -- Rick Pitino hasn't had “One Shining Moment” this Final Four weekend. He's had several. It's been pretty surreal. It started last week, when Pitino's son Richard, was named coach at Minnesota to replace Tubby Smith, who replaced Rick Pitino at Kentucky in 1998. It continued Saturday, when a horse that Rick Pitino has an ownership stake in, “Goldencents,” won the Santa Anita Derby. Later that night, Louisville's basketball team advanced to Monday night's NCAA title game with a win over Wichita State at the Georgia Dome.
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April 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
LOUISVILLE Starters P; Player; Ht.; WTt; Stats F; Wayne Blackshear; 6-5 230; 7.6 ppg F; Chane Behanan;6-6; 250; 9.6 ppg C: Gorgui Dieng;6-11; 245; 9.4 rpg G: Russ Smith;6-1; 165;18.9 ppg G: Peyton Siva;6-0 185;9.8 ppg Reserves F; Luke Hancock;6-6; 200; 7.7 ppg F: Tim Henderson;6-2;195; 0.8 ppg MICHIGAN Starters P; Player; Ht.; Wt.; States F; Glenn Robinson III;6-6;210; 10.9...
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June 11, 1993 | GARY KLEIN
In a College World Series that has featured nine comeback victories in 12 games, Wichita State's 10-4 victory over Oklahoma State Thursday night was a departure. Casey Blake drove in five runs as the Shockers advanced to the championship game for the third time in five years by taking the early lead and holding onto it before a record crowd of 20,520. They will play the winner of today's game between Cal State Long Beach and Louisiana State in Saturday's final.
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March 12, 2000 |
A day after resigning as basketball coach at Jacksonville State, Mark Turgeon was hired to succeed Randy Smithson at Wichita State, a job bringing him back to his native Kansas. Turgeon, born in Topeka, was a point guard at Kansas in the mid-1980s and later an assistant there under Larry Brown and Roy Williams. . . . Eastern Washington Coach Steve Aggers, a former Pepperdine assistant, has been contacted about coaching vacancies at Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount, sources said.
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April 7, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
ATLANTA -- Florida Gulf Coast was a carnival cruise while it lasted and Wichita State was a hoot, but there will be nothing "mid" about the majors playing for Monday's national title. The final call is strictly blue grass vs. blue blood. Louisville, the top overall No.1 team in the tournament, will play Michigan from the Big Ten, the nation's top overall conference this season. Everyone else — thanks for participating. In Saturday's national semifinal games in front of a football-sized Georgia Dome crowd, Louisville held off interloper Wichita State, 72-68, then Michigan survived the vortex that had been Syracuse's zone defense, 61-56.
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