*Buzz* Who is the Kansas Jayhawks? That is incorrect! *Buzz* Who is the Kansas State Wildcats? Incorrect again! *Buzz* Who is the Wichita State Shockers? Ding ding ding! You win absolutely nothing! But with that being said, with its win Sunday, the Shockers run mens college ball in the state of Kansas.
Separated by less than 200 miles, Kansas and Wichita State hadn’t played in 22 years before they collided in the third round in the Midwest region. It’s been fairly known that Kansas may have been ducking and dodging playing the Shockers in recent years but there was no hiding this time around.
Wichita presented problems for KU from the jump, probably why Bill Self and the university didn’t want to play them. A veteran lead team that matched-up well defensively and that the Jayhawks wouldn’t be able to stop from behind the three-point line. Check and check. The Shockers held their opponents to 35.1 percent shooting (20-57) and hit on 50 percent of the threes they attempted (10-20). All five Shocker starters were in double-figures including their junior stud point-guard Fred VanVleet who stuffed the stat sheet. He scored 17 points, dished out 6 dimes, grabbed 6 rebounds, had 4 steals, and 1 block.
Wichita State is headed to the Sweet 16 while they sent KU packing. Until this match-up becomes a regularly scheduled game, the Shockers hold the state belt. Even the governor, Sam Brownback, changed from his shirt that had both teams on it, into a shirt reading “King of Kansas” in Shocker yellow and black.