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Wichita State’s ‘shock’ factor highlights West
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 24, 2013 @ 4:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to another session of Bracket Briefing, an attempt to provide you with essential information on the Big Dance — highlighting the Florida Gulf Coasts and Harvards of the college basketball world, and forecasting the Ali Farokhmanesh and Steph Curry moments before they happen.
Teams left: 24
Wild, Wild West: The No. 1 (Gonzaga), No. 3 (New Mexico), No. 4 (Kansas State), No. 5 (Wisconsin) and No. 7 (Notre Dame) seeds have all fallen in the West regional. That leaves No. 12 Ole Miss/La Salle vs. No. 9 Wichita State and No. 6 Arizona vs. today’s winner of Iowa State-Ohio State. If the NCAA committee seeded these teams in the same region on purpose to expose them, we all should send its members a thank-you card for making our March so much madder in the West.
Daily winner: Wichita State Shockers. Gregg Marshall’s group pulled off the third biggest shocker of the NCAA tournament (ahem, Harvard, Florida Gulf Coast) by beating Gonzaga, the first No. 1 seed to fall in this year’s tournament. Not to mention, their dance moves are quite remarkable. The Shockers advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006, the year the Missouri Valley sent four bids (should have been five, too). Creighton, the Valley’s other bid, gets a stab at punching two Valley tickets to the Sweet 16 with a matchup against Duke Sunday.
Looming question: Can Wichita State become the new Gonzaga. Cue coach Gregg Marshall.
“I think with Wichita State, it was having that opportunity,” Marshall said postgame. “Doing it, though, is the hard part. It’s not just having the facilities and the players and the coach and all that. You’ve got to have a sustained run of excellence. …Maybe one day we can be the No. 1 team in the country, the No. 1 seed and all that. I’m just excited for this year to … [For more on Bracket Briefing: Wichita State's 'shock' factor highlights Wild West Regional, click here.]
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