28 years ago---
In fact, 28 years ago on Friday Wichita State got 34 points and 13 rebounds in an 84-82 win at Tulsa. X was actually outscored by the Golden Hurricane's Steve Harris who had 37 points. Clint Normore produced 6 points in the Wichita State win, he would later transfer to KU where he played football and was part of ‘Danny and the Miracles’ run to the 1988 National Basketball Championship.
Oh for St. Louis---
Since the tourney moved to St. Louis in 1991, Wichita State, Evansville and Bradley are the only programs to have not hoisted the trophy. WSU lost in their first five trips to St. Louis and then weren’t even invited in 1996. The Shockers finally broke through two years later, but since then are only 12-15 and have only reached one final—losing to Northern Iowa in 2010. It’s hard to figure, you’d guess that the law of averages would work for them at some point, but the fact is—Wichita State hasn’t played well in this tournament. Even with their good teams, wins have come hard in St. Louis. Between them, to this point, Mark Turgeon and Gregg Marshall won 63 percent of their games at WSU, but collectively they’re just 10-13 at Arch Madness.
Who does play well over there?
Creighton has won more than double than any other school in the Valley. The ‘Jays have 11 titles, 6 of them in the past 12 years, although they won last year for the first time in five seasons.
Two and through---
It was bound to happen, the Wichita City League has been so dominant in the 6A State Basketball Championship, but last night Wichita North and East were beaten by Kansas City area schools in their respective quarterfinals. City League schools had won nine of the last eleven titles in 6A.
Another crazy Wednesday—
Georgetown and Miami were both beaten by unranked teams on Wednesday, in what’s become a recurring theme in college basketball. In fairness, Villanova, which dispatched the Hoyas, has won three times this year against teams ranked in the top 5. Unranked teams have now beaten teams in the Top 5 this season 20 times. That’s unranked teams.
On the road again—
By the time you’re reading this (hopefully) I’ll be on the road to St. Louis. I’ll continue my work here on KWCH.com, but you can also catch me on Twitter at the very clever address of @BruceHaertl. I’ll try to keep you updated on the Shockers progress towards trying to make the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year—something they haven’t done since 1987. Seems like Wichita State has a couple of droughts that they can take care of over the next few days.