will have a tougher time against second seeded Ohio State in Saturday's regional final. But that Adidas Los Angeles Og Black doesn't mean Wichita can't be successful; in fact, it's the Shockers' steady presence on the glass that provides as much reason as anything to believe the Missouri Valley could yet have a representative in the Final Four.
Team of the day: Wichita State
CDT March 29, 2013
Route to the Dance: At large (Missouri Valley)
In Thursday's victory, six Wichita State players had at least four rebounds. Reserve Ehimen Orukpe had nine boards in just eight minutes of work.
The Shockers beat Creighton and Virginia Commonwealth in the regular season and both La Salle and Pittsburgh in the tournament. But their most memorable win to date remains a 76 70 defeat of top seeded Gonzaga.
bench during the second half of the Sweet 16 win over La Salle.(Photo: Jayne Kamin Oncea, USA TODAY Sports)
Wichita earned that victory in atypical fashion: Plenty of 3 pointers despite a shaky rebounding day.
Story HighlightsWichita State knocked off No. 1 Gonzaga in the second round and La Salle in the Sweet 16The Shockers take on Ohio State in the Elite EightForward Malcolm Armstead had a team high 18 Adidas Neo Advantage White Navy